I work full-time and writing is a great way to escape from it. I also have another unofficial job as an official photographer. Twice a year, I pack a range of kit from tropical to polar and head off to wherever the event is and spend two days in woods taking pictures.
Isn’t this an irritating distraction, I hear you cry? Why aren’t you busy writing book 2 as you’re supposed to be?
Well, yes, guilty as charged – words written this weekend – zero. Photos taken – 1,034 (including one of this cute shaggy dog, you’re welcome).
The other important statistic was people chatted to – approx 500 as my role took me around every area of the competition plus mingling with competitors before and after. So that’s 500 insights into people’s lives including an engagement, petty squabbles, a serious illness, imminent babies, tantrums, tears of joy, several rows, rivalries, complaints and, lest you think it was an episode of Eastenders, a lot of laughter.
Add to that a couple of long car journeys and I’ve got lots of little quirks I want to work into my characters. Here’s one to look out for: just watch this week how many different ways people hold their pens when writing…