An aspiring writer, that’s me
English Language was one of my better subjects at school but I left at 16 years old. I began to think about and want to write at about age 18. In 1965 I attended writing classes.
In 1967 I became self-employed. I was by then a painter and decorator. It was quite unusual to be self-employed back then. “In business for yourself?” I did ok and had some good customers. I did some interesting jobs for some interesting people.
I’ve had shops, promoted music, sold furniture, basketware, curtains, wallpaper, confectionery, clothing, gifts and greetings cards, toys and lots of other things. I worked more 7-day weeks than 6 and more 6-day weeks than 5. I’ve had shops, promoted music, sold furniture, basketware, curtains, wallpaper, confectionery, clothing, gifts and greetings cards, toys and lots of other things. I worked more 7-day weeks than 6 and more 6-day weeks than 5.
I suppose I chased money but I never caught it up. I‘ve had my share of ‘feast and famine.’
I’ve painted supermarkets, warehouses, department stores, new housing, factories, offices, even a caravan once, some ordinary houses and flats and some very, very beautiful houses. Oh, and one house that was haunted.
In 2005 I attended a residential writing course called ‘How to write a Novel.’ Now I knew, really, that it wasn’t that easy. After the course was over however I started one. I had an idea and I sort-of knew how it should end so I wrote The Gardening Club. I then had a ripple of fear and so I contacted a very experienced professional editor who led me through improving my so-called novel. She had to read a bit to decide if she would …or not. She cost me lots of money. It took forever. I thought she was a bully. We became friends-on-the-internet, I never met her face-to-face but my writing became a ‘novel’ because of her. Unfortunately she died, untimely, at a Christmas a few years ago now. Linden Stafford, RIP.
It did take another 10 years for my new one to exist. THE TYRANNY OF FRIENDSHIP is out early 2020. Self-published again. I still hope, that an agent or publisher or even film production company ring me. Never too old to dream.
I haven’t been as idle as this suggests because I have two others that just require some editing. I am not a rich man to pay for professional editing services and other necessary services. I’m a pensioner now and the state pension is not generous; so one thing at a time.
I’m lucky though I can write. I have time to. I can enjoy myself.
I hope you enjoy what I have written:
The Gardening Club and The Tyranny of Friendship.
Both from Amazon or direct from me.
If you do, tell others; if you don’t you can tell me and why. At least I might do better next time with your help?