Friends, Prosecco and the Muse


On Monday, I met up with two old friends for our yearly Christmas reunion. I was really looking forward to seeing them and hearing all about what they’d been up to. Naturally, they asked me about my writing. I told them about the rejections, the works in progress et cetera, but it was really difficult to be upbeat about it as I still haven’t achieved any publications. They gave me words of encouragement and then asked me about my novel – knowing I completed it a year ago. I averted my gaze to the table top in front of me and ashamedly admitted that I’d lacked the motivation to sit down and put the final touches to it. I thought the conversation would immediately change and they would be as disappointed in me as I was with myself. But my cool friends ordered a bottle of Prosecco and three glasses and then demanded I tell them the story. Well, thanks to their insistence – or was it bullying? -  my brain went into overdrive and I talked for about an hour non-stop. Totally failed at my elevator pitch, unless of course the elevator was stuck between floors, but I was buzzing and they were buzzing. The atmosphere around our table was electric. Was that my story telling or the bubbly? Can’t remember, but thanks to their sincere interest in my world, the belief in my story returned, along with my buddy, ‘Muse’, and I haven’t stopped working on my novel since (yes, it has only been two days but I am determined to finish it before being distracted by anything else).

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a fun-packed and successful 2016. Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog this year and for your continued support. I’ll be back in January – I have a book to polish.

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  1. That's wonderful. I love it when I'm with people with whom I can share my writing with, and I find it motivating. Happy Holidays.

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    1. It was a wonderful day, Medeia. Thank you for popping by and I wish you a very happy festive season.

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  2. Ah, that's a nice story, Nicola. Friends - and their reactions to our writing - are so important, aren't they? We are sensitive little souls, just writers, but we can be buoyed up with just the right amount of encouragement and interest. That's why I have a writing buddy! Good luck with your novel and happy Christmas! Helen

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    1. I think sometimes we forget that we can count on our true friends. I am blessed. Thank you for commenting Helen and I wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with mince pies, wine, good cheer and lots of sprouts! Can't have Christmas without sprouts :) Wishing you continued success in 2016. Can't wait to read your serial in PF. All the best.

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  3. That's awesome they became enthused and so did you! Keep up the momentum and hang on to that joy.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Alex. Have a lovely Christmas.

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  4. It's wonderful to know you feel freshly inspired to continue, Nicola, and what fabulous friends you have. That final burst of determination can be elusive, but now you have found it, you have also found a perfect way to round off your writing year.

    Wishing you lots of joy from your writing as well as a very merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. And thank you so much for the greatly-valued support you have given me. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. It's been a great year, sharing your success of Tying Down the Lion! and your book of short stories. Wishing you continued success in the new year. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  5. That's great to hear, Nicola, so very good luck to get the novel finished. Your meeting up with your friends sounded just what you needed. You can do it! Have a lovely Christmas. 🙂
    PS I love Prosecco, too.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. One dear old lady once told me that one can't get drunk on Champagne or wine with bubbles. I believe her whole-heartedly and the Champers is on ice, ready for Christmas and the new year. Happy Christmas, Jan!!

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  6. I cannot comment on finishing a novel. I tried an historical Mills and Boon many years ago. I left my heroine sitting on a tombstone, after being ravished, and she's still there. She'll have piles by now.

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    1. Oh dear, poor woman. You do make me giggle, Lynne. Have a lovely week.

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  7. There's nothing more invigorating than having other people interested in your story. Take advantage of this inspiration and finish your story. And if you need a bit more bubbly to put yourself into a talkative mood, New Years in just around the corner. :)

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    1. Thank you, Ken. Do I really need to wait til New Years? :) Have a fantastic festive season Ken and thanks for popping by to comment.

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  8. Yeah for friends and for their encouragement and support to help you do what you so long to do. Happy writing!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I do hope you enjoyed your retreat. Wishing you a very happy and relaxing festive season.

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  9. That is wonderful! So glad you got together with your friends and found your inspiration. Yeah! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you, Jess. Lovely to 'meet' you. Wishing you a lovely holiday season and a happy and successful 2016.

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  10. Glad it worked for you, Nicola. Have a successful New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2016 brings you good health, happiness and lots of joyous times with your granddaughter.

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  11. I need good friends like that! I have two books out and friends and family rarely even ask about my books... My family members buy them, but friends don't. that's why I like my blogging friends. You guys get it! We just can't all get to lunch every year for Christmas lunch!

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    1. It's a pity there's such a distance between us, Stephanie. I'd have gone out for Christmas lunch with you and listened to your fab WIPs. Wishing you lots of success in 2016 and looking forward to hearing all about your new projects. Have a fab Christmas!!

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  12. Now you're bloomin' well just going to have to do something to report back on as you drink the next bottle, aren't you?

    Hope 2016 is a great year for you.

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    1. Thank you, Patsy!! If anything out of the ordinary happens, I'll definitely report back (once I've recovered :)).

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  13. Now I know what I'll do next time I get despondent - crack open the Prosecco! I hope that 2016 brings you lots of writing success, Nicola.

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    1. Happy New Year, Wendy. Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope so too :) Wishing you continued success throughout the year!!

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  14. What wonderful friends and Prosecco always helps me when I need a little encouragement.

    Happy New Year.

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    1. Friends are precious. Happy New Year!! Wishing you continued success throughout 2016.

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  15. May you get that book polished and out the door this year! Happy New Year.

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    1. That's the plan, Lee :) Happy New Year!

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  16. Wish you a productive new year! All the best with the book :)

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    1. Thank you. Happy New Year to you too. Wishing you much success and happiness.

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