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

Getting Back Into Routine

I love a routine. there's a predictable sequence of events which leads me to falling out of my patterns. , Sometimes it's caused by Illness, mental or physical, or a major upheaval like the recent renovations to the house. there are innumerable stresses that can shatter my illusion of control. Whatever the cause. the same … Continue reading Getting Back Into Routine

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

A Cautious Admittance 

So I just noticed that the last few blogs I've written have been to do with my mental health. I think this means I need to do more than simply writing to do lists. I can plan to my hearts content but the reality is i've got a hell of a lot of events coming … Continue reading A Cautious Admittance 

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, … Continue reading So Many Pieces Of Paper

The magic is back

I now have a couple of months in which to edit my first 10,000 words. Reading back over my previous revisions I realised it was a little dull. The information is there, laid out in a concise effective manner. The world has magical aspects but the wonder of that magic has been lost. Today I spent … Continue reading The magic is back

Positive Coping Mechanisms Ahoy!

Today feels better than yesterday. I survived social pressures of the dedication service and managed to leave relatively unscathed by well meaning relatives. I find it increasingly difficult to reply to the question how are you. particularly when i am not doing great. I tend to reply with a non-specific, 'I'm doing ok thanks.' It's … Continue reading Positive Coping Mechanisms Ahoy!

I have a pseudonym!

...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!

Editing Down

I Spent today revising my flash fiction down from 900 to 500. The first 200 words were easy. it began to get a little trickier after that. I think I'm happy with the result. I'm not sure if the story is any good, but my husband liked it so that's something.  My main motivation for … Continue reading Editing Down

Productive Day

After the horrors of dentist yesterday I decided to take today off work. I wrote a to do list and had a very productive morning. My writing went pretty well today. I wrote about 350 words of my flash fiction. Considering the total word count is meant to be 500, I will be doing a … Continue reading Productive Day