And, let's face it, writers are insecure - it's part of our nature to wonder if what we're creating is up to standard. But then of course a pile of rejection slips that accompanies any submission process is enough to send anyone onto the rocks.
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Today I'm not going to say how insecure I am (although you should see my chewed fingernails!), instead I'm going to think positively...
Having said I wouldn't whimper in your presence, just let me say that the word "promotion" (as in BOOK promotion) for me is right down there with "watching politicians debate" and "revising for a maths exam". In my opinion, promotion is tedious, against my rather shy nature, and is like driving straight at a brick wall.
To take my mind off this dismal image, here are a few examples of what makes me happy:
1. Slurp down a delicious smoothie for my breakfast to make me feel energized - red berries, Greek yoghourt, semi skimmed milk and honey. Whizz it all up. Yum.
2. See my pals at the Doughnut Club (I'm #3 Doughnut) for a natter and an excess of sugar and coffee.
3. Take an hour's walk or a 30 minute swim.
4. Suck 3 squares of dark chocolate one at a time...slowwwly...No munching!
5. Discover that, by carefully shopping in places that have loyalty cards and by using coupons, I don't spend any more on grocery shopping than I did before this hellish recession began.
6. Read a book that I just can't put down. I'm reading Rosie Thomas's The Kashmir Shawl . The main characters aren't that special but the setting descriptions of wartime Kashmir and Ladakh take me right into the story. There're no screaming rollercoaster plot-devices (at least not yet), but instead the story reveals itself without a superfluous word like a tapestry being rolled out.
7. And finally, I have to highlight that WRITING makes me happy.