Slow Progress is Still Progress

Today I set a fifteen-minute timer and let my mind loose on an unwritten scene. A release from the minutia of revision, I'd like to set more time aside for this, a chance to let the characters develop organically through dialogue and action. If you've been following me you'll know I have set up a … Continue reading Slow Progress is Still Progress

Making Time To Write

I've followed a couple of courses from Reedsy in the past the first being How to Craft a Killer Short Story by Laura Mae Isaacman, it was very useful in exploring new ways to craft short stories. I've also signed up for Build a Rock Solid Writing Routine, though have been terribly neglectful in reading … Continue reading Making Time To Write

Let’s Try This Again

It's been a tough couple of days full of frustration, irritability and tension headaches. It turns out i was putting too much pressure on myself, not a huge revelation but it helped me get a few things sorted. The daunting prospect of unknown weeks without social contact got to me. It comes in waves. Some … Continue reading Let’s Try This Again

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

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