Every Little Helps

I managed to scribble down a few more words of my first chapter. Today’s writing involved researching seizures. So much of my research leads me to the NHS website. It’s another work day so I’m happy I  got anything down.

My cat has decided I make a fine bed and is demanding a fuss, her paws stretched up to my face. I think it’s time to give into her demands

Wordcount; 141

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First Scene Done!

I’m working on the ‘final’ revision of my novel. Today I wrote that tricky first scene. After writing and re-writing, and then re-re-writing the first line, I managed to get out of my own way and crack on. This is not after all a final edit, only the final revision. I’m actually pretty happy with it. However, I shan’t be looking at it again for a while so we’ll see if it changes.

Todays word-count: 507 words

Hello There? I’m Back

My routine has been shot to hell due to various disruptions; ranging from a funeral to a nasty illness in which I slept for five days straight. It’s bee about a week since we’ve gotten back and I’m beginning to chisel back some form of routine.

Today I tackled the muddle that is the resolution of my novel. I now have a fully formed plan and am super excited to get out of the planning phase and into writing!

Not really sure what my word count is today because there’s been a lot of copying, pasting and reorganising.

Hopefully, today will be my kick start back into writing!

A Bit Of A Catch Up

I am slowly returning to the world of the living. Despite spending the majority of the day either coughing or sneezing my brain is creaking into gear. I’m continuing to write down descriptions of locations using sound, sight, smell, taste and feel.  Since I last updated I’ve written seven locations, 1133 words.

Today’s Word Count 521

Sight Is Not The Only Sense

I can feel my brain focusing in a way it hasn’t in a long time. I forgot how tiring it can be, delving deep into another world. Today I continued to write up location descriptions using the basic prompt of our five senses. I tend to focus too much on what is seen and ignore the other senses. The prompts force me to be more creative.

Today’s Wordcount 375

 

Using The Research

So I finished off my location research today and started writing a brief description for each. So far I’ve written two and am half way through the third. I think once I’ve done the locations I’m going to write a solid description for each character.

Just a few of my favourite images

Today’s Wordcount 273

So Many Pieces Of Paper

I’ve been trying to figure out where on earth I am in my novel, at this point there are so many revisions it’s a bit terrifying to delve back in. I think I have somewhat managed to puzzle the versions apart. Now it’s time to un-pick exactly which plot line I am following.

Sticky notes, space and a tsunami of paper led to some vague form of clarity. I am religiously staying to my schedule and as soon as I’d unravelled the mess it was time to take a break and then start something new.

At least now all my notes are in a row and I have a good starting off point for next time. If I’m sticking to my routine, that should be tomorrow!

Today’s Word Count: 350

 

Renewing Those Forgotten Goals

There was a plan to have finished revising my novel by Christmas. I’m still lingering somewhere around the 15000-word mark. Any writing I’ve been doing has been blogging for Crafty Sew & So.

Delving into sewing projects leaves very little time to write. It’s incredibly satisfying completing projects, then parading about the place in my wears. Having a tactile thing to hold for my hard work is a world away from sitting at my computer screen or scribbling in a notebook.

So I am determined to chisel out that time for writing again and renew my efforts to documents said writing in this blog. but tonight I’m going to settle down with my

However, tonight I’m going to settle down with my cats, a cup o’ tea and a couple of homemade biscuits.

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Today’s wordcount, around 150 words

 

Writing from Experience

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 fine. It doesn’t judge me. I’ve not taken a lot of drugs…

I’ve not taken a lot of drugs…actually, that’s not quite right. I have not taken many drugs which were not prescribed . For the past three or four years, I have taken medication every day. 150mg Sertraline in the morning and zopiclone to help me sleep. Eating the right amount of food and recovering some form of mental stability has meant I’ve weaned myself off the zopiclone. Oh and let’s not forget the Symbicort and salbutamol for my Asthma.

The dreaded message came with my latest lot of subscriptions Please make an appointment with GP for medication Review. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it sure as hell hit me like one. Right now I’m avoiding the whole thing until after my driving test.

back to the story, if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you’ll be aware that I suffer from depression, anxiety alongside an eating disorder.  For my ghosts on drugs submission, I will enter the mind of a protagonist who is struggling with depression.

Should I be writing things that could be potentially triggering? It’s great to promote understanding  but I know it can also send those suffering from similar conditions into a downward spiral. It feels wrong shying away from such issues. I am not writing in any gratuitous way, simply writing from a point of view of a girl who is depressed. The point of view I know best! One thing I can say is that the first line in my story lays out the premise of my story.

By the time I realized I was off my meds I’d already been dead for a week.

 

Today’s word count: 685