Deadline Stress

I hate deadlines. That's not true. I hate it when I'm unprepared for deadlines. This small piece of writing really doesn't matter but every word is a struggle. This weeks assignment is to write about an overlooked place. I chose the spinney at the end of the road. the idea is to create a sense … Continue reading Deadline Stress

Withdrawal

I believe I am on my fifth day of reducing my sertraline dose. The main side effects have been headaches, fatigue nausea and bouts of irritability. All in all not as bad as I thought it would be as the symptoms don't last long. It's worst at night, I suppose because that's the longest time … Continue reading Withdrawal

This Not A Moment It’s The Movement

This week has shown once again the need for dramatic change in the police force. I shan't speak much on the matter, There is a danger when trying to spread awareness one can inadvertently re-traumatise a community. if you want to learn more about Trauma in Black Communities please read Ashlee Marie Preston's Sorry Consuming … Continue reading This Not A Moment It’s The Movement

Celebrating The Little Victories

Today I printed off the first four revised chapters of my novel, complete with character, location and plot point notes. A very exciting day. Now onto to the next 10,000 words! It will hopefully go a lot quicker than the first lot now I'm getting into the swing of things. Half my time is spent … Continue reading Celebrating The Little Victories

Up Before Noon

I did it! I spent about an hour writing this morning. Starting off with a bit of handwritten notes working from The Emotional Craft of Fiction, then transferring those notes into a pivotal scene. It was a pleasant surprise to find I had already integrated a lot of what the author, Mass, had recommend. Though … Continue reading Up Before Noon

A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

Life feels a little easier today. I know many wise people are saying in these times we shouldn't put pressure on ourselves to get everything done. I agree. However, I need to do things in order to feel like i'm in control. Writing helps me. Sewing helps me. Doing exercises helps me. It's all in … Continue reading A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

Social Distancing

Becoming socially distant sounds like something my therapist would warn against, a red flag for worsening depression. The world has changed. It's only been a week since I was deciding whether to stay home or go to work. Now it looks like I may well be 'shielding' myself for at least 12 weeks. I am … Continue reading Social Distancing

Another Asthma Day

Yesterday a neighbor decided to burn masses plastic in his garden. This, as you can imagine, worsened my breathing. Even with the windows closed the acrid air seeped in through the walls. I can still taste it in the back of my throat. I am now taking a course of steroids. I hate the way … Continue reading Another Asthma Day

Scene Structure

I'm still in that steroid induced haze of hot flushes and headaches that follows any severe episode of asthma. It's hard to keep thoughts straight. Today I worked on the structure of four scenes, following a guide in On Editing by Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price. Brief scene settingEstablishing characters goalAction, dialogue or interaction leading … Continue reading Scene Structure