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'Write with...' - Week 19: 'Don't Get Lost In The Woods'

We have all done it; ended a scene and felt things were just not working out. Something was missing, something wasn't clicking. The horrible feeling descends - you know the one - you want to stop everything, throw your toys around, sulk, eat Chinese takeaway, watch 4 Seasons of Glee in a row, tell your husband writing was an absurd idea - why did he allow you to do it to yourself? This process is time-consuming and, tragically, rather pointless. You need to listen to Margaret Atwood who warns, "Do not sit down in the woods." This week we look at her solution. It is elegant and logical and hopefully will see you through the bad patch. Lots of luck,

Cesca x


After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for www.writersandartists.co.uk. She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.