Today has been a pretty good writing day. I was really struggling to write a flash fiction about a person with mental illness under the given specifications Writers’ Forum gave (no internal thoughts, past tense and third person) I gave up on that piece for now. I rethought the brief. The location they give is a hair salon, it didn’t particularly inspire me. Eventually I decided to go for two sisters having their hair done on the morning of a wedding. The photo is my sister helping me get ready on the morning of my wedding.
Feeling very chuffed with myself and the far more satisfying plot I then looked at the deadline. Noon. Tomorrow.
The reason I am attempting to submit a piece of writing each month is to get some motivation, routine and to also stop the idea being so scary. I could finish it tonight, but this would mean disrupting my routine I have tried really hard to maintain. I highly doubt I will be happy with the result.
My solution, write the story in my own damn time and ignore the deadline.
Today’s word count: 597
Today I finished off my gorgeous Jersey tank top!
It’s soft and comfortable, the perfect top to sit in the park on a summers day with a notebook and pen. Unfortunately it is bloody freezing so that will not be the case for some time. if you want to learn more I wrote all about it on my other blog.
Todays writing was the aforementioned post
Word count: around 250
Sneaked in some writing in the morning. I arrived a little earlier in town, after sitting in the cold for ten minutes attempting to write, I went to the lovely Gelato Village. I sat in the warm cosy cafe with a cup of tea and yummy pastry. When in the warm I thought up a plot which I am happy with and wrote a bit more of the story.
Today’s word count: 150 words
Busy Busy at Crafty Sew & So yesterday, then a lovely evening with friends playing board games – Sushi Go and Jungle Speed. I didn’t even have time to write a blog post!
I’m dashing off to Crafty again today but there should be time for a bit of writing in the evening, I might even be able to sneak a bit in through the day.
Today has been pretty craft heavy. I’ve practically finished a top, my very first make out of jersey fabric. I’ll be modelling it on my post for Today I Made… on Sunday. I’be been doing some lovely hand stitching in front of the TV for my hexie quilt.
My one concession to writing today was mostly cutting and pasting. I’m currently revising my novel and today I was extracting the half decent sections from earlier drafts and stuffing them into my latest rendition.
Today’s been a rather busy day. I ran Story & Rhyme Time this morning, for 0 – 5 year old’s. In the past we’ve had over ten kids in the session but today only three turned up. considering we haven’t done any advertising since the sessions started a few months back it’s not entirely unexpected.
After the session I went on to work on the well over due advertising. I completely redesigned the poster and set up a Facebook Page before heading off to Crafty Sew & So. At Crafty there was yet more talk of social media!
Total Word Count, only 170 words – like I said words are words
I’m attempting to send off a short story every month and a fairly easy way to do this is submitting to the Writers’ Forum Flash Fiction competition. This months entry is set in a hair salon/barbers and must be ‘show not tell’ That phrase grates at me but i will nevertheless give it a go. I went to the hairdressers this morning and had an interesting internal monologue. Here’s a little peak into my mind.
A bitter taste hit sophie’s tongue. coffee? didn’t she ask for tea? Another sip, definitely coffee. Two women stood at the desk, talking in the bored productive manner that comes along with service work. The girl who brought Sophie’s drink sits to her right behind a trolley full of hair products. The girl doesn’t make eye contact, she pretends it takes all her effort to stock the shelves. Is she shy or just bored of being relegated as the tea girl?
It’s too late to ask for tea now. She tries another sip, maybe she could like coffee if she tried hard enough, besides it’s meant to be good for asthma and she has been suffering a lot recently. But then again, aren’t there studies which show if you start drinking coffee you have to stay drinking the same amount each day just to keep normal energy levels? what if this little bit of coffee has changed the way her body works?
Today’s Word Count: around 300 words
I have been writing a blog for a little while now called Today I Made… it’s all about recovering from my various mental health issues. Writing my achievements down really helps with my recovery and keeps me grounded in the here and now.
It’s with some trepidation that I begin this new blog in which I will try to post in every day with the writing I have managed to do.
Today’s is easy as I have just written a post for Crafty Sew & So, a lovely Haberdashery in Leicester St. Martins square. If you love patchwork then please do click the picture below to check out the post. 🙂
Todays word count is roughly 400 words 🙂