“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.” – JK Rowling
This is my ambition in life – to create a story that lives forever in other people. The nature of blogging defies that logic but it’s a good place to start.
I have always written and I have always read. I find that I can remember the books I read as a child and still quote them off by heart – they live within me and have helped form the person I am. I would love to do the same for tomorrow’s children. They should have the enjoyment of reading and disappearing into your imagination for a while (or a lifetime!).
My writing has always been in a very slapdash manner and I have decided that it’s time to get organised. To create a story that lives forever is going to need practice and structure. So let’s try writing in an orderly way and learn something about writing for people who want to listen.
I write mainly for children in a very traditional style (think Enid Blyton who I loved as a child and an adult). I like an adventure story with strong female characters but am not afraid of letting them encounter the dark side of life. I like the delicious gruesome characters in Roald Dahl and the simple beauty of Anne of Green Gables or Swallows and Amazons. I like weird and wonderful creatures; magic and fantastic adventures; a happy ending and a good cry. Is anyone else with me on these things? Feel free to send me a message with the characters you loved, the ones that stick in your memory, the ones you dressed up as perhaps?
I am going to offer my writing up on a blog-style plate to try and find people who want to listen and find out what they want to listen to. I’ll include the joys and the woes of actually putting pen to paper/fingers to keyboard.
I will introduce you to some young readers and find out what they think of reading and books; my beloved note book (I prefer writing with pen and paper I think!); some apps that you may have come across but never used and of course to some of my stories.
I hope that by reading my blog we will get to know each other. I look forward to this adventure – thank you for reading on.
“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”― Daphne du Maurier