Back to Work




Isn’t it funny how time seems to speed up when we we’re on holiday? The past three weeks have zoomed by and now it’s back to work. I used to dread this time and always wished for the holidays to be longer but now I’m back to writing full time, I am excited to get started and am buzzing with ideas.

My new favourite place to visit whenever I return to the UK has to be the beautiful historic town of Malvern in Worcestershire. Not only because my brother lives there, as well as my dear writing friend, Lynne but also because I feel a sense of serenity and peace in this small slice of heaven. Mind you, you need to be fit as it is built on a steep incline: or, like me, you could pretend athleticism and make the most of photo opportunities every few steps to hide the fact that the legs ache and the heart won’t pump any faster. This idyllic place provides the setting for my latest WIP. I wonder if my characters will fare better than I did, without an internal combustion engine.


As well as admiring historical buildings and their hidden secrets, I am often inspired by nature and enjoy forest walks. What better way to stir the human senses than to breathe in woody aromas and to admire the array of colour that fills the environment. But beware, you may well bump into a stray animal along the way.

Has your holiday left you feeling inspired and eager to write?

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  1. I have never been to Worcestershire - something I will have to remedy one day as it sounds very special from all I've been told. Holiday time always seems to zoom past, but it's nice that you are looking forward to getting back to writing. Lovely photos :-) xx

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I loved your interview with Glynis Scrivens! Have a lovely week.

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  2. Lovely photos, Nicola, and I'm glad you enjoyed your break. Funnily enough, my own blog post today is in similar vein!

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I noticed we are both back at work :) Some kind of telepathy must be going on. I love your sunflowers picture and the cottage is adorable.

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  3. Lovely photos, Nicols. Worcestershire is a beautiful part of the world, isn't it? It's good to read that you are looking forward to getting back to writing and feel refreshed after your holiday.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Lovely to 'see' you. Wishing you lots of motivation and progress with your novel.

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  4. Lovely photo's Nicola, we're off on hols soon, so hoping a change of scene will inspire the writing.

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    1. It will Susan. Have a lovely time!

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  5. I would definitely make the most of photo opportunities. I'm pretty fit but my heart likes to overreact sometimes so breaks are needed and I'd want to take a million pictures anyway. ;) Hope you have a good week!

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    1. Thank you for popping by to visit, Chrys. I love your new newsletter!! Keep them coming. Have a great week.

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  6. What a beautiful place. And cool that is the setting for your book.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I hope you enjoyed your break too. Looking forward to reading the breaking news of Insecure Writer's Support Group blog. Have a great week.

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  7. Malvern is indeed beautiful. Even more so when you arrive for a visit, Nicola. Good luck with the wip.

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  8. Aww, thank you, Lynne. I keep referring back to the advice :)

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  9. I travel quite a lot, so write when I'm away. I think visiting different places and meeting new people does help with the writing, although usually in an indirect way.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Patsy.

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  10. These pictures are beautiful, Nicola. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Wishing you all the best of success with your WIP and I'm sure the break will provide tons of inspiration.

    I managed a day off to walk by the sea in West Sussex this year and it has boosted the creative fires enormously - great flames are crackling away - which is just as well now the weather is growing colder! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I'm so pleased your ideas are burning brightly. My very own copy of Tying Down the Lion arrived at the book shop in Malvern - after 4 weeks of being on order. Now I'm just waiting for my mum to pop it in the post. Can't wait to get stuck in. I hope the sales are going well. Stay warm!

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    2. I'll mention to the publishers that it took such a long time, Nicola. They might want to contact the supplier to rectify it in future. Thank you for letting me know and for being so patient - and I hope TDTL is worth the wait! xxx

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  11. I love Malvern too. I lived for 40 years in Solihull and Birmingham in nearby West Midlands and Malvern was a great day out for us. As you get back into your writing mojo, I'm winding down for a camping break in Evesham over the bank holiday weekend. :-)

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    1. Thank you for popping by, Diane. Always lovely to 'see' you. We don't have bank holiday Monday over here in Germany. The summer holiday season ended last week and everyone is back at school and work. I can't complain though, Germany has so many bank holidays throughout the year - it's great! I wish you a wonderful weekend away and hope the weather is not typical August bank holiday weather - but better take the wellies just in case :)

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  12. Beautiful countryside to explore! Nothing more perfect than an English countryside walk. And yes, taking a break and doing some traveling is always inspiring for me. Thanks for stopping in at The Write Game and commenting.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to pop over the pond, Lee. Lovely to 'see' you. My hubby and I took another forest walk yesterday near our home town in Germany and saw the most humungous mushrooms. Reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. Have a great week.

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  13. I don't know that area well but it looks lovely. As an ex teacher I still think of school holidays as 'holiday time' although I write a lot less then because of 'Grandma duties).

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    1. My mother often tells wonderful stories of her Grandma days, especially what Alice got up to in the garden. She even wrote Alice a story called, 'At the Bottom of Grandma's Garden'. I hope you have a lovely long weekend, Wendy. Thank you for popping by to comment.

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  14. What lovely pictures! Happy to hear you had a wonderful time. I haven't had a holiday in years, but the UK is my top dream spot for that "one day..." trip.

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    1. Hopefully your dream trip will come around soon, Christine. Thank you for popping over to comment. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Lovely photos, Nicola. I love the idea of pausing to take a picture so you can snatch a quick breather. Must use that one myself!

    Sometimes a place touches you in a special way and it sparks off the creative urge in you. It is lovely when it happens. I can remember it happening to me in Scotland. I'm glad you have enjoyed your holiday. Best of luck as work beckons once more.

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. I have many childhood memories of Scotland: the smells of the wild heather, the awe inspiring mountains etc. I must re-visit soon. Some of my favourites reads are set in its beautiful, majestic environment. Have a great week.

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