I walked and made no effort to think – an old trick from my writing days. Work your body, rest your mind, let the boys in the basement do their jobs.–Stephen King, Bag of Bones.
Writing conferences are thick with authors for whom Stephen King’s On Writing is a great support. Stephen King’s words certainly resonate with me.
I’ve always been a great believer in letting inner writers do their jobs. Not only does it save work, but I think it’s respectful to put one’s trust in the driven, mysterious inner self that has made a career in writing possible.
I smiled as I typed the previous paragraph, because these kinds of happy and relaxed thoughts grow tall under a golden summer sun. Appreciation and gratitude for a holiday from toil and ambition, and that the work we love will be waiting for us upon our return.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week resting from your writing career.
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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