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She is what is usually called a hybrid author these days, though Elizabeth prefers to term herself an “authorpreneur”. [Not sure Dame Isadora would approve but, with luck, she won’t notice.]
Elizabeth produces all sorts of terrific books. Sapere Books publishes her Lady Fan Mystery series and her Brides by Chance Regency Adventures. Her self–published list includes Regencies, short stories, a couple of edgy paranormal tales, a romantic suspense novella and a two writing-related help books which come much recommended. Phew! Quite a catalogue.
Elizabeth admits she really doesn’t know how to fit it all in and says she is beginning to wonder if retirement and old age are actually a thing. But she managed to find time to write a blog for us.
Many thanks, Liz. And over to you.
What does Elizabeth Bailey want in her Survival Kit?
Ask any writer for the most needed tool in their survival kit and they will say persistence. More years down the line than I care to think about, I agree. I’m still here, still writing. That says it all.
Okay, there have been solid gaps in actual putting words down. We’ve all had those, for whatever reason. Life has a tendency to throw itself at you and there’s nowt to do about that except suffer on through.
2 Courage … eventually
I think the worst gaps were caused by critics. Editors usually. An unthinking editor can hack the words from under your writing fingers and kill them stone dead.
It takes guts to rise up and smite the keyboard once again. If you’ve been around a while, you know there’s no cure for writer’s block except to place bum on chair and face that empty screen.
That’s courage, a tool all writers need.
Mine comes and goes.
I don’t count procrastination. That’s just me being lazy, not wanting to get on with it. Which brings me to the next item on the survival list – discipline. Oh, golly gosh and lordy! This is the hardest for me. Until I get into the rhythm of it, getting down to it every available day, hell on wheels about describes it.
I’m too tired.
I don’t know where the story is going.
Don’t feel like it.
Don’t want to, yah boo sucks…
Really, I can get that childish. It’s no good telling myself I’ll enjoy it once I get into it. I still have to get into it, don’t I? Pick up the laptop, press On, find the empty screen, and spill words onto the page. Argghh!
4 The Inner Writer — Core of the Survival Kit?
I’m knocking at the Inner Writer’s door and what do I get?
Not today, thank you.
And that’s the basic can’t-do-without-it tool in the writer’s survival kit – the Inner Writer. A more temperamental, recalcitrant, uncooperative and downright rebellious creature it would be hard to imagine. Bolshoi characters are nothing to the vagaries of the Inner Writer.
Without her, where would I be? She’s the creative spirit that tumbles words onto the page. She’s the inspiration behind every piece of dialogue going on inside my head while I’m in the shower. And she’s the genius who chucks ideas out as if they were going out of fashion.
WHEN SHE FEELS LIKE IT.
If she don’t want to, she curls up and don’t do nothing.
The missing tool in the Survival Kit?
The one that coaxes out the Inner Writer and persuades her to strut her stuff.
If anyone knows where you can get one of those, please tell me, because in all this time I’ve never been able to find one. I don’t even know what it’s called. If I did, I’d bottle it and sell it wholesale. Any takers?
Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your survival kit with us, Liz. I’m definitely a taker for your missing tool. Like you, I don’t know what it’s called. And I’ve never set eyes on one. But I’d be tempted to barter useful bits of anatomy in exchange for it 😉
I think most writers would say the same.
More about Elizabeth Bailey
The latest in Elizabeth Bailey’s Lady Fan Mystery series — number 6 — is out in March.
It’s available for pre-order now, at a bargain price.
Wherever Lady Fan goes, murder follows…
Holidaying in Tunbridge Wells, the Fanshawes witness a woman fall to her death from the top of the climb at High Rocks. The young woman proves to be at the centre of a scandal in the Brockhurst family, visiting their indomitable matriarch, the infamous Dowager Viscountess of Wem.
Was the fall a devastating mishap? Or could the woman have been pushed?
Lady Fan must unravel dark family secrets in her quest for the truth…