Linwood Barclay began writing stories at the age of eight, but when a family tragedy had him running his parents’ caravan park and cottage resort at 17, his dream of becoming an author looked unlikely to come true. It may have taken 30 years, but when it did, it really did.
You have a brilliant new idea, you’re just itching to write. It’s so easy for the first few pages… and then it becomes gradually more difficult. So you give up. Sound familiar? Every author has been there.
So how do you defeat the twin foes, Sir Procrastination and the fabled beast Self Doubt?
Scarred will hook you from the very first sentence and pull you right through to the end, mercilessly. South African author, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist, and she certainly brings her knowledge of the human mind to this story.
A year ago I shared a portrait of my main character, Tarra. Now, in honour of our anniversary, I thought I’d share some of the doodles and drawings I’ve done of her and her universe over the course of a year.
I don’t finish projects, or computer games, or even TV series. So how on Earth have I managed to stick with this novel for this long? Well, I’ve given it some thought and I’ve put those thoughts into writing here in hopes that they can help others like me.