Deadlines Part II

The last deadline I had due in went much better than I had expected. This course is teaching me so much more about writing than I ever expected. the current assignment is to write a story that uses language to reveal as much detail as possible. Conveying information to the reader about location, character ages, … Continue reading Deadlines Part II

Representation

I am reading Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. Within the first two chapters it has sensitively and honesty portrayed the experience of a selectively mute black trans girl in a utopian future. Such quick work but I'm already absorbed. why do I think it’s so hard to write minority characters? I’m scared to go back to … Continue reading Representation

Pushing Through The Fog

Today I woke up with and felt rested for the first time since reducing my sertraline dose. Dusting off the ring-fit I even managed a good fifteen minutes of exercise. Two weeks of exhaustion, heightened anxiety, brain fog, headaches, a funny tummy and visual disturbances and I might be coming out the other side. And … Continue reading Pushing Through The Fog

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

Past Me Was A Dirty Liar!

Yesterday Morning Oh yes, I'm feeling much better. My Asthma's calmed down and I'm sure the side effects of steroids won't even affect me anymore. I'll be perfectly fine to go to Pride. Not even a big deal! This Morning Oh dear god I'm going to die! It turns out that having a weak throat from asthma … Continue reading Past Me Was A Dirty Liar!

Damn You Asthma!

Today has been a sleeping day.  I had a mild asthma attack last night and like a good little patient, followed my asthma plan, and headed to the doctor's this morning. I've started my course of steroids which bring a whole lot of side effects added to the exhaustion of asthma.  So yes I am … Continue reading Damn You Asthma!

Productive Day

Today I stuck to my routine! In the morning I sat at my computer and revised the first scene of my novel. Each revision gets a little easier. I did my first reading last Tuesday at writing group. I received really positive feedback. But reading it aloud I found it a little complicated and perhaps … Continue reading Productive Day

The Wonder Of To Do Lists

Today is the first in a long time in which I have had nothing planned through the day. Last night I wrote a really strong to do list. the things I was avoiding don't seem quite so daunting written down.  After a bit of a lie in I checked the master list, then wrote a … Continue reading The Wonder Of To Do Lists

The Hook?

Back to writing group tonight. The homework this week was to write a 'hook'. I am supposed to make the reader irresistibly hooked within the first couple of sentences. The tutor told said to make it as shocking as we wanted. I am being ever so brave and bringing in the first paragraph of my novel. … Continue reading The Hook?

Just A Little Writing

I woke up several times in the night with a swollen throat and the beginnings of migraine.  The migraine hit in full force this morning. I didn't manage to get out of bed until around one in the afternoon. I scribbled a few words down, but I don't know if they'll even make it into … Continue reading Just A Little Writing