Starting to write – one huge step for Caroline Coxon?

“You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide,” says author, Marie de Nervaud.

I love that analogy.


Currently, I’m working on a theatre project with a dear friend and actor, Libby Wattis. (She played the part of a corpse in my film Go Grimly – and what a lifelike performance it was too!)

As with all projects – starting to write, actually starting to write, is a big hurdle. For me.

I’ve spent ages in thought, reading for research purposes, developing ideas, jotting down notes and little scenes. That doesn’t count as starting to write, as far as I’m concerned, even though pencil has been put to paper.

Then, with all the accumulated material and thoughts splashing around in my brain, I go into a sort of primordial soup mode.

Primordial Soup

Jean Anne Fausser,

That can be quite uncomfortable. And panic-inducing. There’s so much sloshing about that I don’t believe anything can possibly emerge.

The next stage? Starting to write! No way… I put it off. I find that suddenly, the ironing has become terribly important, or replacing the toilet freshener blocks…

And then…


By Gyaban – deviantart

And then…

I construct the title page and I start to write.

How can one teeny-weeny step for Caroline Coxon seem so HUGE?

And what’s more, starting to write…is only the beginning!

But it’s a start! I’m on the toboggan.

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