This week I have been working on my WW2 novel. It is set in England and France. I am absorbed in the era and the story. I enjoy the research nearly as much as writing the story. I’ve decided when I’m finished to have the novel professionally edited. I want to make it the best I can. I have the siren song of another story calling but other than some early research I am letting the characters, setting and story gradually enter my conciousness by the process of osmosis. This week I have been at my desk by nine most days and work for at least four hours on the re-write. At other times during the day or evening I return to my story to check any facts I have made a note of. Then if my brain is still up to it I continue with the re-write. The more you write the better you become at it and the more accomplished wordsmith. I am never lonely when I am writing. My characters are at my elbow always. If you want to be a writer – write. There is no other way. You have to make time to write everyday or else you are not serious about your craft. Make a pledge to write a certain number of words per day. No use waiting for inspiration to strike. Sit in front of your computer or take up your writing pad and pencil and write. I’ll let you know how I go with finishing my edit. I am taking a leap of faith (I know it’s a cliche) now – next Sunday I will have finished my re-write!