Two weeks ago after much sightseeing whilst rediscovering my home country, I was unfortunate enough to acquire a fractured metatarsal. It seems that my mind can wander for hours, but alas, not my feet!

A broken bone is no bane for a writer!

A broken bone is no bane for a writer!

After a day of dwelling in self-pity and pondering the nature of my fragile body, I decided that it was a perfect time to get stuck into editing my novel. I am six months away from polished perfection with the final draft of my second novel (first novel is still doing the rounds with traditional publishers) and really had no excuse not to have the red pen out. With sightseeing off the table, my hands were happy to do what my feet couldn’t: get active!

As any realistic writer out there knows, unless you write a bestselling novel (similar to your chances of winning the lottery, when you factor in writing exactly the right story for current demand, hooking a publisher and reeling in your audience) or get arts funding of some kind (I’ve only ever known publishers who have been sponsored, not individuals) then it’s tally ho for a day job to support the art. Yesterday I finished my first week of a new job and luckily did not have too many flights of stairs to contemplate, while navigating with a broken foot. At 32 and a half hours a week, it’s the perfect amount of time to free up more hours in the day for my writing. So for now, for me, it’s physical healing and a mental marathon – orthosis of the body and mind!

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. 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 rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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  1. […] began in August 2016 with a vengeance; or rather, a red pen and a broken foot! Here’s my blog post on writing while injured – much mind over matter needed to get through that […]

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