Hey ya

Okay, where did July go? You know how I said I was supposed to send off Nothing’s Prefect over to Penguin…yeah that hasn’t happened yet.

So what did I do? Well, I watched a whole lot of world cup games but it wasn’t because of that…honestly haha, I did live on a buzz of Germany winning their fourth World Cup but I think it’s just taken a lot longer than expected. It is getting somewhere, I’m almost at the end of another edit, so I’m chipping away while I do my school visits this term.

For many authors and illustrators, term 3 is when we’re busy visiting schools, for Book Week, Education Week and all those weeks in between…so many kids, so many questions.

I had a question this week from a Year 8 kid. “Don’t you get lonely being a writer?”

It’s the first time I’ve had this one. “Sometimes it can feel like that,” I say. “But that’s why I love travelling and doing school visits.”

Writing can be a lonely affair, cooped up in your house or hotel room…but I do a few things to starve off the loneliness. I bring my xbox 360 with me so I can game while I’m abroad (precious gaming time since I’ve been married haha), chat to other authors and teachers at different schools, and I like to write in libraries…sure nobody is talking to me but being around others in a study like atmosphere helps me write my stories.

I like jogging in the afternoons, exploring the city via foot…watching movies by myself, drumming up ideas and thinking about my stories…it doesn’t feel too lonely at all.

I like the balance of touring and writing from home. Too much of one thing is not good, I either get slack with writing or just burned out from talks and workshops.

Anyhoo, it’s back to Nothing’s Prefect to me. Gotta keep writing. Gotta keep going!


About the author

I'm an author, stand-up comedian and teacher. My books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines and The Other Christy. I'm a massive Nintendo fan and love eating burgers. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @oliverwinfree

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