Writerly Navel-Gazing ~ Week 29: Questions 29 & 30

A belated Merry Christmas, to you all, Dear Followers! I hope you’ve had a simply marvellous time eating lots of tasty food, watching tat on the tele and revelling in all the wonderful gifts brought to you by Santa! I for one had a lovely time round my parents’ house with my boyfriend and our dog Lex ♥ Usually my parents go away on holiday so it was lovely to spend time with them; I haven’t spent a Christmas with them in about four, five years!

I’m going to try and post a present haul sometime before the year is out as well, but don’t hold your breath because knowing me I’ll never get round to it and I have a couple of other posts I wish to write as well.

Two questions for the price of one today. I’m starting a new writing quiz in the New Year, crafted by K.F. Goodacre (click here to see all the questions), so wanting to get the tail-end of this challenge out of the way first!

So without further ado, here are my final Writerly Navel-Gazing answers for 2017:

Part of the 30 Week Writing Challenge. Click here to view all questions.

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something in reality that reminded you of your story/characters?

Thinking about writing

I think about writing all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously, what on earth fills the mind of a person who does not write? It’s an absolute mystery to me. I’m always plotting away, scheming and dreaming, thinking of new ways to tackle scenes, develop characters and enrich the world they live in. For example, just before I sat down to write this blog post, I was playing Assassin’s Creed Origins (a Christmas present from my boyfriend), which is a video game set in Ancient Egypt. The city of Kintaro in the world of The Mayor is based upon Egypt, so naturally I started thinking about Kintaro, the culture and its people, and how I might go about fleshing it out for a potential story I have planned there (or just to help better inform my understanding of world of the The Mayor).

If I’m not thinking about writing my book then I am at the very least thinking about the act of writing itself. I plan my social life around the times I would like to be able to sit and write, and get irritated stressed out super grumpy when things spring up unexpectedly and stop me from writing.

Today for example, I’ve kept my diary deliberately clear so I’m available to write all day. It will be glorious. I AM HOME TO NO ONE. DO NOT BOTHER ME.

As for things in reality that remind me of my characters… I once went to a Voltaire gig at the Purple Turtle (31st October 2014). Voltaire swaggered on stage, cracked dirty jokes, swore like a sailor, sang about pirates and swigged rum straight from the bottle. All I could think of throughout the whole gig was “It’s John. It’s John. It’s John.” John doesn’t even look anything like Voltaire, but the resemblance in mannerisms and demeanour was strong!

30. Question day! You ask, I’ll answer.

I’m fully expecting the sound of chirping crickets and the sight of rolling tumbleweeds, but I would certainly be interested in answering questions about my writing, my inspirations, my process and my book… Just leave your question below in the comments and I will endeavour to answer!

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading my responses to this challenge as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Take care, my lovelies,


S.E. Berrow