Stitching and embroidering

When I get an idea in my head (for a novel) I sit at the dining table with my Stabilo 88, a pad of paper and a coffee and write frantically from start to finish.  The only pauses are for the housework, children, cooking, homework, school runs, dog, laundry, toilet, sleep and, of course, the telephone! 

5 weeks later the egg has hatched and I have in my hands the fluffy result processed from the weird images in my mind.  Next comes the typing.  As I type I remove and add in sentences, prose, ideas, dialogue, descriptions, feelings, slowly sewing in extra feathers and sinew and bone until I am left with a very shaky, nondescript, unbalanced bird. 

I then pass it round to my ‘panel’ of readers for feedback.  From them I manage to get the bird to stand straight and look ahead.  Maybe even take a few steps. 

Finally I submit it for editing when they embroider in the colours and smooth out the lumps.  After another week or so at the computer I end up with a plump well-preened bird.  Hopefully it will turn out to be a magnificent peacock, but even if it is a tiny humming-bird I know I hold in my hand the reality of a dream. 

Every Mother knows the joy of holding their child.  Being a writer cannot compare.

But it comes bloody close.


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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