I have been reading my own book, ‘The White Cuckoo’ over the past couple of days. I haven’t touched it for months.
Is it really narcissistic to say I love my own book? I really, really love it. I cried twice at the end just now. It feels like I have just given birth. It is a much different feeling to when I finished the first draft in May 2009. This is what I wrote at 5.55 am on Sunday, 3rd May 2009 (The Written Novel) Since then it has been lovingly redrafted five times and it is now a 6th draft. I can now close my eyes and ‘imagine’ its cover. In the foreground it is the colour of grass following a rain shower, verdant green, studded with tiny daisies. In the top left hand corner, the white cuckoo is almost hidden in the branches of a misty tree, bursting with pink blossom, watching Harry and Jessie as they walk away from the reader towards a five bar gate, barely discernible in the mist of early morning.
I can be all sentimental this morning. I will allow myself that luxury just for a few days, but I know that just like a newborn baby it will need to be nurtured and lovingly raised until it is a fresh faced toddler, ready to face the world and take its first wobbly steps on its own two feet.
The White Cuckoo was written in just the way every novel should be written. To anyone reading this who is facing writers’ block or who can’t make progress with their novel, for goodness sake don’t worry about anything. Write cliches, adverbs and do everything wrong. Don’t stress at this stage. Just get it down and enjoy the writing. It took me a month to write the first draft. All that is wrong can be easily mended afterwards.
There are lots of really special people who have believed in the Cuckoo. My wannabe friends, the two RNA readers, my friend Andy – who loved it despite being a bloke and my daughter, who still hasn’t read it all the way through because she was beginning to get all emotional about it.
I do love being a writer and hopefully I can post some exciting news about ‘The White Cuckoo’ very soon on a brand new blog. This will be my last post on this blog, but I hope some of my old friends will join me, along with some new ones I have made along the way.