Thursday, 30 October 2014

Black History Month

My local libraries celebrate Black History Month each year with various events around the borough. I've been invited to take part in an event called House of Arts, at Boston Manor House in Hounslow this time around.
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I'm looking forward to this (taking place a little later than October which is the official Black History Month this year).

There'll be a photography exhibition, a performance by an African drums specialist and singer/songwriter and author, Fran Clark. Yes, me.

So I've been rehearsing my songs as I'm performing an acoustic set from my recent album, Beautiful People, as well as doing a reading from my novel, Holding Paradise and performing a song by one of the characters in the book.

If you're in the area, pop along, it's free. Details below:

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The End Is Near

Well, not quite the end...

Having put a hold on all of my freelance writing contracts, I'm keen to finally finish the first draft of my second novel, When Skies Are Grey (working title), and I'm almost there!

The title of my second novel is very appropriate for today. I'm in London and we're in for some stormy, rainy weather so what better way to spend the next few days but to sit, glued to my laptop and write.

My creative brain has been split into several directions as I've been ghost writing stories for other people. So, I'm dedicating this time and using all of my creative energy on my own project.

It's a very exciting prospect to get to the end of the first draft but then all the hard work begins.

I remember what it was like writing Holding Paradise. At the end of the first draft I was far from finished. The editing process began. It was the time for making harsh choices in terms of the narrative, plot lines, dialogue etc. Not all of your original ideas make it to the final draft and it was hard giving up certain scenes and characters to get to the end project.

I think I will be a lot tougher when it comes to killing off my darlings this time. I know how important it can be to the final product and became a lot better at listening to and being able to use constructive criticism.

So, no more staring out into this grey and miserable London sky, it's back to the writing. This book won't write itself!