As you'll notice if you turn your eyes a few centimetres to the right of this post, my novel I Wish, Wish, Wish You Were Dead, Dead, Dead is finally available for download to your kindle, tablet or e-book reading device of your choice. (With thanks to Davey for the smashing cover.)
Any excuse for a Top Ten...
10. Fryars - Novelist's Wife
There are a lot of unhappy novelists out there...
9. Paul Simon - Rewrite
We write. Then we rewrite. Then we rewrite some more. There comes a point you have to stop working on the rewrite and just let your book go...
8. Lloyd Cole - Writer's Retreat
Lloyd's lady spends more time on her book than with him. He's not sticking around...
You can get a beat from a broken heart7. Teddy Thompson - Jonathan's Book
You could write the book while falling apart
You can have it all save the one you want
Going for a song
Jonathan gives up his life for his writing... but he's hardly Shakespeare.
He says, I don't have any inspiration6. Harry Connick Jr. - I Could Write a Book
And my subject matter lacks invention
If I only had an opening line
Then I'm sure the rest would turn out fine
Perhaps more memorably recorded by Frank, Ella and Miles... but I have a soft spot for Harry's version from When (another) Harry Met Sally.
5. Rockpile - When I Write The Book
Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds write a thousand words a day...
4. The Beatles - Paperback Writer
Every time I send off a submission letter, I think of this lyric...
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?Every time I receive a rejection letter, I think if this one...
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
If you really like it you can have the rights,That's why it's good to finally see my book published without any more rejections. At least someone might read it now!
It could make a million for you overnight.
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer.
3. The Beautiful South - My Book
Already included in my Top Ten Diary Songs, but too good not to squeeze in here too. One of Paul Heaton's best.
This is my life and this is how it reads2. Father John Misty - I'm Writing A Novel
For every chapter, a thousand memories
A murder, a mystery where everybody bleeds
A fantasy, a thriller with romance and disease
Breaking out of the Fleet Foxes proved an excellent move for Father John. His debut album was a cracker, and this was my favourite track on it.
I'm writing a novel...1. Elvis Costello - Every Day I Write The Book
Because it's never been done before (!)
Don't tell me you don't know what love isThere's no better written song on this list. Costello should have been a novelist (too).
When you're old enough to know better
When you find strange hands in your sweater
When your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote
I'm a man with a mission, in two or three editions
Which one has pride of place on your bookshelf?