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I love nice cars!I love nice cars!I'm not the most dedicated blogger to be honest. Social Media is too handy for posting snippets of news and as a result makes me lazy. Being a writer is great fun with lots of different projects coming my way. There's always something new to look forward to. Right now, I'm enjoying a rest after finishing ghost-writing and publishing I Am Free!

I'm just back from a brilliant holiday in America - took a shine to this sports car in New Orleans but sadly had to leave it behind! Ah well, I can always write about it!

I have a few new writing projects in the pipeline but I’m not committing to anything until January 2017. I need to reconnect with normality for a few months first and enjoy reading books and catching up on movies, not to mention catching up with people I’ve neglected over the last while.

Keeping morning pages - a tip one of the writers shared - is a habit I tried as part of the summer school classes I taught...just a few lines to get the creativity flowing and remove the ‘I’m not writing’ guilt from your mind.

Our thoughts dictate our mood and emotions. For writers, artists, sculptors etc, overthinking or questioning ability can be damaging.  It can lead to that scary 'blank page' feeling, progressing usually to procrastination and getting nothing done!

Morning pages on the other hand are effortless. If anything, they're great fun and can be as daring as you want them to be! There are no rules, no edits, no critique. In fact the clear advice is that it's best NOT to read back over them. These may form part of plotting a project being worked on. For me this morning, it's updating my website (long overdue). It can be some personal pieces of writing, getting thoughts onto a page and then closing the cover of your notebook and leaving it there. Without realising it, the content of morning pages clear the mind and allow creativity the room it deserves. This technique isn't limited to writing - artists may use it to splash colour on canvas, sculptors to take a lump of clay and have fun with it...

2015 and 2016 took my writing in a new and interesting direction. I was invited to be interviewed by a family whose daughter had a story to tell. Though it was a complete departure from fiction and novel writing, there was something mystical about it and I knew in that first meeting that if I were selected, I was going to say ‘yes’!

Ghost Writing is a privilege, a responsibility to the person the story is being written about and a challenge to any writer to get the ‘voice’ perfect. I learned to listen. I learned to delve into new subject matters. I learned to extend my writing skills to capture the heart of the story being told. I learned discipline and caution and more than anything I learned the power of the written word.

I’m happy to share my experience with anyone who might be broaching a similar project. Drop me an email to mary@marymalone.ie or click on the Contacts page to leave me a message.

Keep writing....it’s magical!