Occasionally I have had recourse to the above twitter tag, entirely without irony, and to amuse myself.

Every week I drive to a town 90 degrees around the M25 and sit in an empty room for an hour and a half waiting for women to bring their babies and get some support with breastfeeding. More often than not, nobody comes. The area has a low birthrate and no parking.

This is not, for me, an ideal time to knit. I like to knit in company, or at least on a train. Knitting doesn’t absorb me enough to be the only thing I am doing. So a few weeks ago I started writing.

I took a decision I made a few years ago, and thought about what would have happened if I had taken the opposite decision. So yes, in some ways it is autobiographical in places, and I’ve written in the first person, in what I think is similar to my blogging style. I write for lots of different things: NCT newsletters, a reflective journal, stories for Bernard. I think blog-style is the most entertaining and readable.

Having started to follow the what-if path, I have basically just indulged in ranting about some stuff, and in granting my central character some experiences that I never had (but know lots about). They say you should write about what you know, so I’ve written about motherhood and relationships, because that’s what I know. Sometimes I read a sentence back and have to unformalise it, because it sounds like something I would say in an antenatal class. Ideas for characters come from real people, but they are not real people. That sounds like a disclaimer, but actually it’s just background.

And then I just scribbled, and scribbled, and scribbled. It’s still going on. Longhand. In notebooks. I don’t know what I will do with it when it reaches the end.

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2 Responses to #amwriting

  1. Gordon says:

    I’m not sure what you should do either but you should do something. Capture them, frame them, convert them to something digital…

    Then you can look back on them in years to come.

  2. laura cutting says:

    My Nan was a writer and was published in several books….she was born in Birmingham and there are many books of that era that she contributed to. She even wrote her life story for us grandchildren (typed on a manual typewriter) that we all have a copy of….she did BBC radio interviews for the year 2000….and she wrote childrens story books for her great-grandchildren when she was well into her 80′s…..so we have so much of her still with us even though she is no longer with us in life. I have hundreds of letters that she wrote to me saved in a special memory box…So whatever you write Karen has amazing value and will be treasured. x