The August edition of Writing Magazine is out about now and carries my monthly 'Beginners' page along with my New Author Profile.
First, 'Write When You're Ready' might seem an odd suggestion for beginners, especially when I'm always trying to get writers to write. But these are unusual times and many writers, absent for reasons of isolation from their jobs, suddenly find themselves with the one thing they had all been wishing for so they could get down and... well, write. That is, LOTS OF FREE TIME!
As some have already discovered, be careful what you wish for. All that free time and nothing in your head to write. It happens. Call it the pressure of too much availability. In this case an overabundance of time.
Don't sweat it. Put aside thoughts of that project you had intended to pursue and get on with something else instead. Play around with a few ideas and see where they lead. In no time at all you'll find yourself generating thoughts that might take you back to your WIP (work-in-progress).
The New Author Profile this month is on Margarita Montimore of New Jersey, whose debut novel 'The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart' was published in March by Gollancz.
The theme is time travel, and on her 18th birthday in 1982, Oona Lockhart finds herself transported to 2015, landing in her 51-year-old body. Worse, she discovers that each year she will 'leap' to another age, purely at random, thus living her life out of order.
Available now here: 'The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart' -