If I die tomorrow, what will happen to my writing?

“If I die tomorrow, or even, in forty years time, what will happen to my diaries?”

If I die tomorrow, what will happen to my writing?That was a thought that occurred to me after writing in my diary for nearly 30 odd years. I’ve now been keeping my diary for 46 years.  Long enough.

In this very short audio, I reveal how I decided not to wait until I die, and what I resolved to do instead.

Is there something you should be sharing now?

Or would you rather wait until you die? 🙂

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Suddenly, writing my first book is so exciting!

When I first got the idea for my book I was bouncing off the walls with joy!  

Then the work started and I realised there was more to this Book Writing Lark than I’d realised.  But now, I’m re-living that initial enthusiasm!  Suddenly, writing my first book is so exciting – again.

I recorded this audio a while ago. But I’m ready to share my excitement now! I think you’ll probably hear exactly how excited I am …


TRANSCRIPT – Slightly Edited

Hello! Claire Gillen here, my Lovelies.

I just wanted to do a little post about how I’m getting on with The Book.

This morning I woke up and took myself out of bed and straight to my desk. I was so excited about working on my book!

I thought it had been a few days since I’d last looked at it. Actually I think it’d been over a week and I suddenly got this urge to go back to it.

It’s so important I think to go with the flow of how you’re feeling – following your inspiration and enthusiasm.

Many people say the inspiration will come if you sit at your desk and just start working. That may be true as well – sometimes – but not all the time and everybody’s different.

Anyway, I was very, very eager and I almost ran to that desk chair! I started reading the outline that I’d already put in place and how I had started to relate it to The Hero’s Journey and this young boy, the story’s hero.

mystery boy in maskI’m going to try not to reveal his name because …I don’t know … there’s something about why I don’t want to give you his name just yet.

I can’t explain what it is. But I’m almost holding him close to my heart and, not protecting him, but just keeping him … sacred, I think is the word I want to use for now.

So I started looking at all that I’d written before and I was getting really excited! It’s all fleshing out. I can see each of the scenes, the boy’s progress, his adventures, his ups, his downs, all meshing together. It’s starting to seem like a ‘real’ story.

I also now have more of an idea of what bit to work on. And it can be any bit of the story. It can be any stage of the journey. I don’t need to work in order.

Because I’m using Scrivener that makes it all the easier (to work in this ‘out of order way’.)

If you haven’t heard of Scrivener, check it out. If you’re writing anything at all, Scrivener is a fabulous tool.  (The link takes you to a free trial – I’m not an affiliate – I just love Scrivener!)

So that’s it! I just wanted to say that I’m feeling really up, really excited and I think it’s all coming together.

There’s still a lot to do. It’s not the book I thought it was, as I think I’ve said before. But (I think) it’s going to be a fabulous book(!)

I’m enjoying it anyway. And I hope, because I’m enjoying writing it, that other people are going to enjoy reading it. And that makes me feel a little bit tearful – in a nice way!

So, lots of love to you all and I hope that whatever you’re doing is going beautifully as well.

And if it isn’t, Don’t Worry. It will all work out fabulously, I know that for sure. Because … everything always works out in the end.

So lots of love and I’ll do another little blog post soon and let you know how I’m getting on.

Okay. Thanks. Bye!




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Shhh … Don’t tell them you’ve had a Blogging Gap – they might not notice

I admit it. I have had a Blogging Gap. I’ve got an hour and a half to write a blog post and post it. Do I edit one I’ve started, or start afresh?

Shhh Don't tell them you've had a Blogging GapI feel a sense of urgency because I haven’t posted on my blog for months. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone.

Yes, I’ve been busy writing my book but that’s no excuse. I have a whole hour and a half today free – I can do this.

I set myself a deadline that I would get a blog post out before another month rolled by. It is 31 August today. Tomorrow is September. Ahh …

Some writers and bloggers I follow have also not been posting lately. When I receive their apologetic emails I think:

“Don’t apologise!” You’re drawing it to my attention. If you’d said nothing I probably wouldn’t have realised you’ve been silent for three months!

And I’m not even following my own advice. I’ve put a big arrow and pointed it at my ‘blogging gap’.

So now, I’ve broken my duck (whatever that means) and I have posted something – YAY!

From here on in, I am drawing up a Blogging Schedule to keep myself on track.

Apparently, publishing at least two blog posts a week is what we should be aiming for.

Well, if that’s right, my posts will be getting shorter … (Maybe that’s a good thing?)

Like this one! But I’ve done what I set out to do and that is post something before September.

Gaps happen. We all have lives to lead. Blogging isn’t all we do. Especially if we earn our living in ways other than blogging.

So don’t apologise. ‘They’ probably won’t notice. Just get back on track. Which is what I’m doing.

Next post will have an audio too.

Happy writing, happy blogging and happy having fun to you all!

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New: Audio Blog – hear my voice!


There was a time (long ago) when I couldn’t bear to hear a recording of my own voice – now I can’t wait to share with you!

There’s a fair bit of lip smacking but I hope you’ll forgive me for that. In time, I will learn to edit those out.

Oops, you’re probably going to be listening for them now.

The transcript follows below. It’s a little different from the audio because I’ve ruthlessly cut out ‘um’s & ah’s, repetition and other unnecessary fripperies.

But I’ve also added in some sentences with further thoughts or clarification – and links.

(Audio doesn’t do links – yet!)

Hello Lovelies

I’m recording this on a little digital voice recorder. I decided that I would start doing these audios, as well as the written blog post, in the same way that I used to do the weekly videos for my SoulCollage® readings.

So you can either listen to the audio (above), or read the post. Or both!

I think I’m going to enjoy this new thing – because I do like to chunter away to myself (hopefully, not totally just to myself!)

Book Progress Promise

What I wanted to mention today, to keep myself committed, or rather, held accountable, is to do more of what I said I would do – and don’t seem to have done very well yet.

And that is, to talk about The Book itself, that I’m writing, and exactly what it’s about.  Or at least give you some clues(!) or excerpts from it. I haven’t really made up my mind how to share it yet.

And I do want to share my progress – and process.

But as anyone who has ever written anything – and specifically fiction, for the first time, (unless you’re a Wizard!) … what I’m trying to say is, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be.  There is a lot more to it.

For one thing I’m changing my mind a lot.  I start off with one idea and then I may go down a totally different track.  I suppose sometimes that is okay – it may well be a better track than the original one.

frog panickingI’m (desperately?!) trying to keep up with The Story Grid podcasts with Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne because I’m finding those very helpful.  But putting those learning points into practice is another matter.

I think I used the word ‘desperately’ because there is a lot to learn and I’ve missed some of the podcasts and am trying to catch up.

I do believe however that it is all falling into place and I will hear what I need to know, when I need to hear it.

Because that is what has been happening with the podcasts.  If I’ve been struggling with something or feeling a certain way about my book or my writing, you can bet your life it’ll be addressed in an upcoming podcast.

I almost cheered when Tim Grahl realised he had to scrap his first draft manuscript and start again from scratch (sorry!) – because I had to do that too.

It’s soothing to hear that I’m not the only one going through writing challenges. Not that I enjoy hearing of Tim Grahl’s writing trials and tribulations – but in a way, I do!  It’s a great story in itself really.

And thank you Tim for pretty much saying to Shawn “Stop! Don’t tell me what to do, tell me how to do it!”

I feel that way too.  I learn by doing it myself, not by being told or shown.  But the showing and telling(!) do have to come first.  After that, I take what I’ve learned and then I can get my own hands, and my own mind in there – and try it out for myself.  And, yes, learn from my mistakes.

earphones - sounds goodShawn is inspiring and helping me very much.  As the learning points sink in, I’m getting lots of ahas and ideas relating to the writing of my own story.  Listening to the podcast is very reassuring – and I look forward to it!

Because the good news is, I seem to be doing some things intuitively.  I’ll hear about something in a podcast episode that I should be implementing and I think ‘Oh, I’ve already done that.’ Or, ‘I’ve already taken that into consideration.’  Yay!

Yes, there is still a lot to learn (and, more to the point, implement). But as I said it’s all falling into place now.

I was so excited this morning. As I was looking at my outline and adding bits to it, I felt very positive.  I could see the story fleshing out and unfolding beautifully before me.

I dashed to my little talk box and recorded my excitement!

I’ll share that recording in my next blog post.  Partly because I don’t want to overload you, and partly because I want to save the material for another blog post!

Okay – back on track …

As I said, the Story Grid podcast is very, very informative and for anyone who is on this fiction writing journey for the first time, I would definitely recommend the Story Grid podcasts.

This post has turned out to be more about the Story Grid podcasts than anything else! Should be interesting when it comes to keyword-time.

So, just a very brief audio today.  Short and sweet. Lots of Love and speak to you soon!

Over and out.




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