...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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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