Carol Muskoron
I was finding chapter four of my latest novel hard to get through today. And the major distraction was a parrot costume which a work colleague had sent me the link to - she was going to a fancy dress party but she didn't opt for this costume. I couldn't for the life of my understand why not. I didn't have a fancy dress party to go to, but I'd never seen such a perfect thing. An all-in-one wonder. Step into it and you were 100 per cent parrot. I did question how you'd hold a drink with those wings, but I told myself that was a technicality. I wanted that costume!

I managed to ignore the craving for most of the week and then today, when I was supposed to be writing,I found myself thinking 'parrot costume' and clicking on the link again - but now the page said 'Hurry! Only 1 left in stock!'. Oh no! I tweeted about my craving, wondering if anyone out there would understand, and a friend said, 'Buy it now!' but I wasn't sure. Gorgeous though the thing looked, I wondered if it would flatter me. Would I look attractive in it?

I showed the link to my husband when he came in - I explained how taken I was with it, and asked if he thought I should buy it. After all, what would I wear it to? 'Oh, we've missed National Parrot Day! What a shame!' he said, which I didn't find very helpful.

And then I had an idea: if I finished Chapter Four I would reward myself by buying the parrot costume. I worked so hard - it was honestly like wading through treacle - and now that I've finally finished the chapter I'm shattered. Too shattered to make such a big fashion decision. But I treated myself to Photoshopping my head into the costume to see just how it would look on me. What do you think? I think I look kind of nice in it.
Bye for now

PS My novel, Twelve Hours was written without the inspiration of parrots, but I don't think it suffered. Buy Twelve Hours here and decide for yourself!

WRITING TIP: If you're really suffering from writer's block and are having trouble finishing a piece of writing, dangle a carrot, any carrot, in front of yourself and tell yourself that the said vegetable will be yours once your writing mission is complete. In my case the carrot was a 'parrot' but you only you can decide which carrots which work best for you!



10/10/2015 12:19pm

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What a funny article. Well, if writing isn't really your passion, you don't have the force for yourself to like it. Writing isn't just an activity just because you need to. It is something deeper that requires passion and dedication. You cannot write beautifully if you do not put your heart on it. I appreciate and laughed at your tips, but don't stress yourself too much if you do not like to write!

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