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Tuesday 9th June 2020

As the world, the country, and especially our particular slice of paradise on the Central Coast moves towards opening up again, my wizened elephant winks at me. “Don’t even begin to think that your writing will return to normal. Just wait, I will grow again and suck out your creativity once more.” Indeed as he spoke he seems to have grown just that little bit more. Even this week’s lifting of restrictions has had my heart beating slightly faster. “Are we ready?” With the public holiday yesterday, we had no writers’ meeting and my productivity this week has sunk as my elephant has grown again.

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That writing is an activity which takes place in isolation is universally known. Writers generally enjoy meeting other writers for all sorts of purposes. Meeting on platforms such as Zoom have been a distinct improvement on emails only, but like all other communities, we have missed seeing real people.

Since the lifting of restrictions to allow five people to visit a house, my critiquing group has met to read and has given feedback on each another’s work. We appreciated bouncing ideas which doesn’t happen as well when people are viewing screens.

In case anyone is wondering what has happened to the elephant, he has continued to shrink and now simply sits morosely at my side, interjecting a mournful comment every now and again. I am hoping time will come when he shrivels to the size of a desk ornament, where he can be placed among the pens, pencils and paper clips as a reminder of difficult times.

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Tuesday 26th March


A good writing week. All my other sub plots have been sorted out and put in the right place. I am now beginning to find my beta readers. In terms of the writing group: we have had one monthly meeting using the platform Zoom. We followed the programme we would have been using had we all been sitting around a group of tables. The easing of restrictions has enabled our smaller critiquing group to meet face to face, well spread out. It felt very good to actually see real people and be able to give feedback verbally and not via email.

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