Relationships

The past few days I've been struggling with stomach cramps. hot water bottle and curled up in bed. Writing didn't happen, or at least not much. the hour change was a pain in the ass too. If there was any year we could all collectively ignore British Summer Time it's this one. What does it … Continue reading Relationships

A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

Life feels a little easier today. I know many wise people are saying in these times we shouldn't put pressure on ourselves to get everything done. I agree. However, I need to do things in order to feel like i'm in control. Writing helps me. Sewing helps me. Doing exercises helps me. It's all in … Continue reading A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

Setting

This morning was spent in the summer house perusing through The Emotional Craft of Fiction. It's a fantastic guide for writing by Donald Maass. Skipping ahead I had a sneaky peak at Love thy Neighbor: Decency and Goodness. Maass takes a look at how communities work in fiction and how to avoid creating a polarized … Continue reading Setting

Shaking But Writing

My heart is beating hard. If I let my hands still for a moment they tremble. Stinging eyes, head pounding, stomach cramping and my tongue is thick with white film. These delightful symptoms are all down to the latest batch of steroids. For over a fortnight I've existed on an exhausting jittery energy. I've finished … Continue reading Shaking But Writing

Does Drawing Count As Writing?

Yesterday and this morning I have been focusing on giving readings for my Thursday writing group. It's become an online group since Covid-19. Technically i suppose there's no point keeping to one day, however I shall be continue to give my feedback on a thursday. I do well with routine and deadlines. I'm not sure … Continue reading Does Drawing Count As Writing?

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

Another Asthma Day

Yesterday a neighbor decided to burn masses plastic in his garden. This, as you can imagine, worsened my breathing. Even with the windows closed the acrid air seeped in through the walls. I can still taste it in the back of my throat. I am now taking a course of steroids. I hate the way … Continue reading Another Asthma Day

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

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