Finding gaps

finding gaps

My husband says the Dutch call the gap for a missing tooth a bicycle rack, but I must admit that I’ve never heard anyone refer to it as that. As you can see from the photo rocket boy has lost three teeth in the last few months, and the new ones are being slow to replace them. Soon he’ll only be able to eat soup!

Seeing him so gappy has made me apply this to my life – where is the gap I fit it? My niche? And specifically to my writing. Where does that fit?

I had a light-bulb moment a few months ago that, d’uh, most of my story ideas were really YA. They had teen protagonists who were managing that transition to adulthood. And finding their place in their world. Though the settings for each varied considerably, from historical to sci-fi.

And that reflects me. I read in a range of genres and I am interested in a range of things. I have a physics degree; I’m a Chartered Librarian; I’m a lifetime member of The National Trust; I play clarinet; I love logic puzzles. I have always struggled to narrow down my interests. At school I studied Maths, Physics, Spanish and French for my final exams. Talk about split interests!

One thing I love is helping others, explaining how things work and supporting them to succeed. So I’m super excited to be on the admin team again for the 2019 365 Writing Challenge. Joining the 365 Club moved me from someone who talked about wanting to write into someone who actually does write. And I plan to self-publish my first novel next year. That would never have happened without the 365 group.

If you’re interested in joining the group then sign-ups are about to open. We’re doing things differently this year so head over to the new 365 website to find out all about it.

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  1. We are always learning new things about people we know. A physics degree! Fascinating. When you started it, how did you plan to use it? Did you? If not, what changed your direction? As always, happy (YA) writing!

    1. Ha, yes! I started it because I enjoyed it, but I had no plan for what to do after. When I finished it I knew I didn’t want to teach (my family are all teachers and while I have the highest respect for them I knew it wasn’t for me), doing a PhD didn’t interest me and I did not want to live in London and work in the City. Which cut out most things to do with a physics degree. So I was trying to work out what to do and my Dad suggested I should become a librarian as I liked books so much. So I did and, of course, did very little with physical books during my professional career!

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