...going up

Writers write. Simple as. Yet, I find writing to be the easiest part of the profession. The words come out of my head quite easily, flow along my arm and onto the paper. It’s not a boast – there are other aspects of writing which I find a massive stumbling block (I’ll get to this in a bit). I’ll admit some other writers I’ve spoken to find it hard to get their ideas, or a smooth plot, or character development onto a page with ease, and I guess I should consider myself lucky that a story will be pretty much fully formed in my head before I even start to write it longhand (I type up my work after finishing each chapter in a notebook).  But for me, editing my work is something I find extremely hard.

...up and away

Where to start? It’s hard when you’re so involved in a project to take a step back and see the corrections that need to be made. Also for me, the longer a manuscript, the more I lose sight of plot development – and so often there will be glaring big continuity errors, even in a draft which I thought was almost ready for a final copy edit.

...coming down

And then of course – rejections! This is something every writer goes through at some stage. Doing your homework helps of course… looking up the right place to send it, reading the work of writers they represent etc.


Still, it’s good to keep going and overcome the obstacles. For every up, there is a down and vice-versa. We wouldn’t be human if it was all a smooth ride!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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