Ask me to write a short story - something dark and macabre - and the words just fly out of the end of my fingers so why, oh why is something longer such a tall order?
I'll tell you why - planning. I have the seed of an idea, more than that even...a sapling...and I'm off in a flash, bashing at the keys for a few weeks before gradually...inevitably...steadily...running out of steam and grinding to a halt. And all because I haven't thought it through properly.
I blame my age - 40 is looming ominously large on my life horizon and I am beginning to panic that if I don't finish one soon I might as well forget it. Utter rubbish I know and fortunately help is at hand.
If you are suffering from the same 'few thousand word' syndrome as me then I suggest you buy a copy of Writing Magazine this month and check out the article by Stewart Ferris - idiot proof planning and inspiration and a life line to the struggling masses.
His website www.stewartferris.com has some wonderful 'cheats' and ideas to help keep things moving. Log on and have a look.
On a more productive note, the latest shortbread story has been very well received, so thank you one and all for reading - there are many more to come!