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Royal Writer’s Block

Posted by Marilyn on June 28, 2006

If you visit my other blog you may have noticed that I haven’t updated it in a while. Today, after several weeks and two posts promising some new material, I finally posted a Royal Profile.

I’ve recently been suffering from a case of writers block. Which is kind of surprising given my interest in royalty and my fascination with every aspect of it. However, in the last month or so, it hasn’t really held my interest. Stories such as the Queen’s 80th birthday or the auction of Princess Margaret’s belongings, have not sparked article ideas as they once would have. My list of draft articles increased with no inspiration to finish them. Noting the dates between my postings just added to the pressure I felt to overcome this problem. In other words, I had lost the passion for writing about a subject that I love.

I don’t recall exactly when this feeling started but it was around the time I’d written an article for another site. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of the work that I do but after the experience, it had lost it’s point for me. Everyone seemed to have gotten something out of it but me as the focus became more about becoming a professional writer and not selling myself short, than the love of writing.

Yes, I had indeed lost my love of writing. It wasn’t fun anymore, so why bother? I forced myself to write and to come up with ideas, which is something I’d never had to do before. And as I did so, I stopped looking forward to turning my laptop on and getting to “work”. At one point, I could spend hours researching an article, now I didn’t have the energy.

I no longer felt as though I had anything to say.

This was compounded by two other experiences. I was contacted by two journalists, one from the Wall Street Journal, another from the Los Angeles Times, for two separate stories, one about the Althorp furniture line, and the other regarding Prince Albert’s illegitimate daughter. To say I was flattered would be an understatement and I was happy to be interviewed. Now I understand that journalists have many sources and of course I wouldn’t be the only one. That’s reality. However, nothing that I’d said was used in either instance and ultimately, I felt as though my time had been wasted. I hadn’t gotten anything out of the experience other than being able to talk about it. So what was the point? Reading the completed article about Prince Albert, it seemed that the reporter had been looking for a more controversial sound bite. Should I change my opinion next time a reporter asks for it, just to be included in an article? No wonder there are wild exaggerations in the press regarding royalty!

I’m still working on getting my love of writing back, and my love of royalty back too. The point of this posting was just to explain that in case you were wondering why Marilyn’s Royal Blog had not been updated until now. I didn’t give up on the blog and I don’t plan to.   

Thanks for visiting.

Marilyn 🙂 

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Furniture from the Earl

Posted by Marilyn on June 2, 2006

Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has licensed a line of furniture reproductions based on pieces at Althorp.

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Looking for something to wear?

Posted by Marilyn on June 1, 2006

Why not buy one of Diana's dresses?

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