Margaret wants to have fun!
It’s no good trying to write a
book unless you enjoy it. Writing needs to be fun. Take the fun out of writing
and it becomes a chore. I’m not saying there are times when it doesn’t feel
like fun. The occasions when my hero or heroine won’t behave themselves, for
instance. But on the whole writing is a pleasurable, satisfying, worthwhile
On one of my bookshelves I have a
book called “When The Fun Begins” It was a Sunday School prize. It’s about four
girls who are about to leave school and jobs are being suggested to them by
The first job was a junior for
clerical work in a Hairdresser’s and Beauty Parlour. The second, junior clerk
for a big bookshop in London’s West End. The next for a junior in a big office
in the City – some shorthand and typing, plus going out to buy cakes for tea,
etc. And the final one in a small general agency office where she would make
herself useful. When the girl asked what the agency did she was told a little
of everything – taking children across London, recommending schools, doing
shopping for people, typing manuscripts, and so on.
It was the typing manuscripts bit
that amused me. I know how laborious it can be. I’ve been there, done that. But
I couldn’t help wondering how different it would be if you were typing out
someone else’s work. Would you feel like changing anything? I know I would. I’d
be so tempted. Or I’d want to say, “Don’t you think it would read better if
………” Presumably it’s because I’m a writer and I see these things better than a
reader would. After all, it is what we have editors for.