Tuesday, 23 April 2013


I've never actually climbed a mountain, but I know it's not an easy thing to do. Lots of preparation and hard work happens before the top is reached. I spent many of my childhood years walking up the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and I know how it feels to push on, thinking you've reached the top, only to find you haven't, that more hard work is required.

A few weeks ago I received the reader's report from my New Writers' Scheme submission. It was good, full of brilliant advice, but I knew I hadn't reached the top. I hoped I was getting close, but I'm not quite there yet. Like the above photo of Switzerland, I know that whilst everything below is small and the clouds are seemingly close, the peak I really want to reach still requires lots of hard work.

So onwards and upwards I go. I so want to reach the top of that mountain, which for me is becoming a Mills and Boon author. It's hard work and may take some time, but I'm determined to keep trying - and have fun in the process!


  1. Hi Rachael - I'm coming in late.

    Sorry to hear you didn't make the top but great to hear you got some useful advice.

    I love your analogy with your aspirations to being a published romance writer and climbing a mountain. I know you'll get there!!!!!

  2. I know you'll get there too, Rachael. Whenever you write about a topic meaningful to you, such as your mountain-climbing analogy, the words come out just right.

  3. Thanks Joanne and Louise. I'm sure you'll both agree, writing is like climbing a mountain. A very big one!

  4. That was a clean and clear post. Thanks a lot for your effort. I have been in this field for years and now trying to be a part of mountain guide training. Please wish me luck!