I'm working on sending a submission to Horror Tree under the headline Ghosts on Drugs. A nasty bout of depression which stole my motivation, which meant I missed the deadline for my novel. The computer is a bit of a scary place now, it's a place where I fail to write my novel. My laptop is … Continue reading Writing from Experience
Whether it's a tempory high or a sign that this current haze of anxiety and depression is passing, my motivation is back with a vengeance. There are lists upon lists of things I want to write, make and fix. One terrifying task looming on the horizon is the dreaded driving test. I am straddling the … Continue reading Getting My Writing Mojo Back
At this point, I am fairly certain I will not manage to get my first 15,000 words off by the end of the month. I've been revising scenes since around 3.30 this afternoon and completed two scenes. On any ordinary day, this would be fantastic, but I am still only on 3897 fully revised words. … Continue reading words words words words words….
Both today and yesterday I managed to write a scene. It's nice to know I can actually sit down and write, of a day. However, I still need to get 12,000 more words revised by the end of the month, including the final draft of my synopsis. In order to get this draft finished, I will … Continue reading Another Scene Done
All the hard work planning the other day paid off. today I had the house to myself and decided to have a writing day. I have managed to write three and a half scenes today. 🙂 It feels really good to have a proper writing day. there's a vague possibility I will actually get my novel to … Continue reading A Good Writing Day
...Or rather revising is hard. My brain has turned to mush. I'm doing good work but it very much hurts my head. Today I have rearranged eighteen scenes for the latest revision! Today's word count: 500 What it feels like: 10,000 words
I'm a big fan of Scrivener, I've been using it to write for about a year but only recently discovered how much fun I can have with templates. If you've been following my blog you'll know I've been working on getting my novel ready to be sent off to a couple of competitions at the … Continue reading Fun with templates
I think I've managed to craft some sort of synopsis. It makes a lot more sense than any previous drafts. Ideally I'd finish this revision of my novel before trying to get this done. However, as I want to send off my novel for a couple of competitions at the end of the month, it's just … Continue reading My synopsis is falling into place
Once upon a time, I used to think authors sprung into life fully formed. They produced a novel without advice or influence from another living being. In my teens, I was steadfastly stubborn. I did not want books or official teaching on writing. I assumed it would somehow cheapen the 'magical' experience of writing a novel. … Continue reading No Synopsis, but a Hero’s Journey
...am I supposed to keep that a secret? I have now sent off my Flash Fiction to Writers' Forum, after changing it to the first person (see yesterday's post). While I was at it I figured I may as well send the piece off to the Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competition. They required a pseudonym. I had … Continue reading I have a pseudonym!