Indie Author Day at Foyles, Charing Cross
As anyone who merely glances at my blog will know, I’ve been finding life tough recently. I’ve struggled to get over yet another virus, have found it difficult to write, and all in all felt like giving up the whole writing game. However, a little light has glimmered.
On Friday I went down to London for a day of indie author events: the day given over to speakers and panels for IndieReCon 2015, and the late afternoon,early evening to a book fair, organised by a wonderful authors’ collective, Triskele, in which fifty authors took part. Me signing a book at the event
And all at the wonderful new Foyles in Charing Cross Road, the world-famous flagship bookstore, with the widest range of titles of any bookshop in the UK in this amazing space:
A couple of the speakers’ comments made me come home feeling – no, not quite inspired – but more excited about writing than I have been for a while. Amidst all the words that leave my head feeling as if it’s in a bag of cotton wool, words such as algorithms, tropes, digital distribution, electronic trading channels, Sharmaine Lovegrove, a talent scout for film and television series, was the day’s hit for me when she said ‘In the end it’s all about the story. The story has to win.’ She got a huge round of applause from the audience.
The second speaker who seemed to have a comment just for me was Mark McGuinness, a poet and creative coach, who spoke of the difficulties of any creative work. He said ‘You are bound to have days when you think – can I really do this? And the answer is no, I can’t.’ The thing to do is step away for a while and then ask ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ And if your answer is yes, because of your love of writing, your love of story, then there’s your inspiration.
I’ll write some more later in the week about a few other aspects, but for the moment: Let’s hear it for THE STORY!
Tags: Charing Cross, Foyles, Idie Author Fair 15, IndieReCon