Monday, 3 February 2014
Beating Writer's Block - Karen Wolfe
I'm wife, mother, gran-of-six. I have friends, dogs, many interests. I'm also a writer: it's in the DNA, along with my fair skin and curly hair..
Over the years, I've written nine novels, a how-to, and many short stories. So far, so good. Until 2013, when life got in the way. My constant headful of characters, dialogue and plot-lines walked out en masse, leaving a great big Nothing. I'd been stricken with the worst malady a writer can suffer.
Words had abandoned me: I couldn't even manage to read. 'Use it or lose it' is certainly a universal truth. But if my fellow Hornsea Writers thought me a lost cause, they never let on. Nor did they give up on me. Week after week, I listened to their works-in-progress, marvelling that I could ever have been one of them.
It wasn't quick, it wasn't easy. But there did come a blessed moment of: 'I could do that!' A competition entered, a synopsis submitted, a novel resumed. At last, I'm back in the room. And boy, does it feel good.
'Dogsbody', no. 1 in my 'cosy crime' dog-whisperer series, is now with a publisher. Book 2, 'Dogwatch' is complete, and at long last, book 3, 'Dogdays' is well under way.
Find sample chapters, tasters, and short stories at: hornseadogowners.co.uk/kwolfe
'Seers' and 'Seers' Moon' are both available via Amazon.