My first traditionally published book is ready for launch, and it was a collaboration!
“I’m sorry, what?”
“Is your uncle,” she opens her file, “Godfrey here?”
I only look at her, confused.
“You told Doctor Lanely and Nurse Doris that you’re living with him.”
Shit. They sold me out. I knew Doris couldn’t be trusted
“He’s not here at the moment.”
“Meaning he is here most other times?” she asks sweetly. Continue reading “The Man Within, Chapter 7 – a novella excerpt”
Writing your own novel has its challenges—creating a logical plot and doing all the research yourself, struggling with self-doubt, no second pair of eyes to spot your glaring errors, and all the pitfalls of not having an automatic accountability buddy.
But working on a creative writing collaboration is a whole new ball game. Whereas, before, any extra eyes belonged to advisors, in a collaboration, they belong to story co-creators. If you had never relinquished control of your story, you would be in for an awakening. Continue reading “Writing collaborations and their challenges”
I walk through the hospital’s dizzying corridors. I’ve been seeing mother for the past four days. She was diagnosed with late-onset schizophrenia. The doctors are giving her anti-psychotic drugs, under observation. They will release her once they are confident her prescription is working. I’m only glad there is treatment for her condition.
I see Nurse Doris up ahead—the psychiatric ward sentinel.
“Hello William,” she says as I reach her counter.
She sports an ostentatious smile, like a salesperson. Continue reading “The Man Within, Chapter 6 – a novella excerpt”