I know I said I wasn’t going to update here daily about my attempt to work for one hour a day no matter what on my writing but seeing as today was the first day I’ve tried it I just thought I’ll let y’all know how it went. It went quite well, I managed to get twelve chapters of Earth, After Liberation read through in an hour and fifteen minutes, which I’m quite chuffed about. During that time I did pause the timer and grabbed a drink or replied to a comment on Facebook and then just stated the timer again and got going once more. I didn’t have the TV on or any music or the radio on in the back round, I literally just cracked on which proved to be very productive, not only in getting a lot of pages worked through but I’ve figured out how to make Earth, After Liberation work a lot better. I’m going to have to cut a lot, re-write a lot more and add even more but I can see quite clearly in my head how it needs to be structured.
Now though, I’m going to play some Xbox and chill out as I’m back at work tomorrow but I’ll be making sure I get my hour in no matter what. As I’m reading through Earth, After Liberation on screen I’ll probably get the hour made up in the evening but once I’ve done this read though and I have a paper copy printed I’ll be able to be a little more flexible with when I’m working on it :)
Okay guys, I am going to make a commitment here; I am going to write or edit or do plotting stuff for an hour a day. That’s every day, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Christmas day, or my birthday, or a thursday, I’m going to work on something to do with my writing for an hour a day no matter what. It doesn’t have to be all in one go but it has to be an hour minimum.
I’ve made these declarations before; ‘I’m going to write 500 words a day’ ‘I’ll have my first book out this year’ (I’m pretty sure I’ve said that for the last three years). But this I’m really determined to do. The only reason I can’t do this is me, there is no other reason at all. I’m going to use the timer on my fine to keep track of how much time I spend working if it’s not all in one go.
I’m going to update my Facebook ‘Like’ page on how I’m doing with this, I was going to blog but that may get a little tedious as there’d be a lot of short posts. (The link to the ‘Like’ page is on the right of the screen).
I can do this, I just need to get going and get it into being a habit.
Tomorrow is day one.
I’ve been trying to get some work done on Earth, After Liberation today but I just can’t get going on it. Instead of making changes I seem to have been just skimming through it. I think a little of this is the sheer amount of work I’ve got to do to get it into a reasonable condition which is disheartening but I think a little of it is also I’ve been doing work on Project Apollo and have spent some time on Skype talking to Chrystalyn about The Residents this week. So that’s been on my mind a fair bit too.
Although I have done some writing work this week I’m also thinking that I’ve been on holiday mode. I’m off from the day job this week so most of my thoughts are drifting to chilling out and watching movies (been to the cinema twice this week).
I’ve needed the rest if I’m honest, I’ve been feeling the fatigue of every day life recently and although I feel bad I could do with the chilling out time. (that said give it an hour and I’ll be working on something again).
Earth, After Liberation is troubling me, I know there’s a good story there but it’s a lot of work to tidy it up. I know I’ll get there but it just feels ‘Meh’ at the moment.
I’ll stop whining now :P
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We writers would be nothing without you, the Reader. Apart from being an author, I am also an avid reader, so I love it when people recommend books to me (except when people recommend me their own books; that’s beyond pretentious). So I just wanted to recommend some great books to you, so you can choose a great read for the weekend. Have a look at them, enjoy, comment, share, and as usual, just be happy and awesome!
- Four From Below, by Daniel Coffman. This book is a collection of horror tales -a novella and three short stories- about ordinary people faced with extraordinary and terrifying circumstances. Who are the real monsters? Buy the book here.
- Trailer Trash With a Girl’s Name, by Stacey Roberts. “A family where the women are crazy and the men die young.” Buy the book here.
- How To Survive the Worst that Can…
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It’s the second day of my week off from the day job and after flaking out for most of yesterday I’m going to get cracking with putting a dent into this edit pass of Earth, After Liberation. I’m up to chapter eleven and I’d like to think that I’m going to hit chapter thirty by the end of the day.
I will be taking a few minutes (it’ll probably be much more then a few minutes to be honest) out to have a chat with Chrystalyn about The Residents.
It would be great if I could spend a lot of time on getting a lot of progress made on various projects this week, but I’ve got to take into consideration that I haven’t had a week off since last summer (2013). I’ve hd a few days here and there and a couple of weekends away but none of those I really took the time to relax. So this week I am going to focus on resting my body, mind and soul. This year has been one of the most up and down of my life so I’m going to take these few days and recharge. In November I’ve got another week off and that will be focused on writing as November is, of course, NaNoWriMo.
Now I’m going to get cracking with this edit pass. What are you ladies and gents up to today?
I’m not a big drinker, never have and I doubt I ever will be. That said I rarely ever do drink, as of writing this I can’t remember the last time I had a drink. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a Smirnoff Ice once in a while, I’ve even been known to enjoy a cider on occasion but its not something that I really enjoy. The only time I really do drink is at our work’s christmas party’s (to be fair, it’s all but mandatory at the works do ;) )
The worst I’ve drank is a few years ago whilst staying with an ex-girlfriends friend. I made the mistake in having my Smirnoff Ice and then four or five Jaeger Bombs, and then a few slices of a greasy pizza. Now as I said, I’m not a drinker, and this really knocked me off my feet. I spent about the next hour or so being sick and then fell asleep.
And I don’t see the point in hangovers, to me it’s just a wasted day. There’s also the mentality of it not being a ‘Good Night’ if you can remember it. I want to be able to remember if I had fun.
So basically, I don’t drink. Just thought I’d share this little piece of information about myself :D
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Last week, I don’t remember which day exactly, I woke up in the morning (doh!) and checked my emails just as every day. Among my many emails there was a Twitter notification, announcing me that Scott Bury had awarded all my three blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award. I was very happy and that made my day. Yeah, I know those awards are not valid or prestigious, but it is nice to be recognised by the blogging and Indie community as a writer to be considered.
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Yesterday I made a start on the first edit pass of Earth, After Liberation; I didn’t get a great start and I started again today after having gotten four chapters done yesterday. Today I struggled to get going but after about two hours I was finally feeling like I was rolling. I’d set myself of having the first ten chapters done and I hit that target. I will admit that I’m finding this hard going, theres a lot of work that needs to be done to get this into shape and when I have this amount of work to do it starts to sap at my confidence in not only the work but in myself too. Then I kick myself up the arse and realise that it’s all part of the process. I write Earth, After Liberation during NaNoWriMo last year so it’s going to be a little disjointed here and there.
I’d like to have this edit pass done by October which should be quite easy (especially as I should have some time off work next month).
I did do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on saturday, for some reason I couldn’t up load the video directly to this post(I’m pretty sure it was operator error) but if you go to my Facebook or Twitter then you can see it there, the links are on the right-hand side of the screen.
This is just a quick little post, but I noticed on Facebook this morning that some people really do thrive on spreading controversy under the cloak of educating people. To me this is a load of rubbish, its the same as when governments tell us how big a threat this thing or that thing is instead of trying to educate the population.
For me I’m trying to look at the good things of life. I don’t want to go around telling everyone to be positive because it’s something people do need to learn themselves. I’ve noticed that if you try and throw something down someones throat they’re more then likely reject it. So I just try and look at the good of life and I must say I feel better in myself for thinking that way. My family have a lot of stress and anxiety around us at the moment (I’m not willing to go into details) and I am feeling it but I’m not letting it get to me like it use to. I don’t like being negative, I don’t like how it makes me feel.
Sorry, thats a bit of a rant but sometimes it has to come out.
Have a good Sunday everyone :)
Something I’ve heard a lot of writers say is that we should ‘Show and not Tell’ but writers do it all the time and I think its something that despite people saying don’t do it it’s an acceptable practice. I think the trick is knowing when to do it. Something I’ve noticed recently about my writing is that I do it a lot, especially since I’ve been going through Earth, After Liberation. In that there is a lot of paragraphs that should be their own chapters, if not more of the story. I’ve cut a lot short in that novel and after skimming through it as I was breaking it down I think I can probably add a good ten thousand words to the story.
This has been a bit of a reality check for me if I’m honest. Like I said, I think showing can be acceptable but I’m being lazy when I’m doing it. I need to drop this habit and do it quickly as doing it means I have to go back and elaborate when I’m working on the second draft, and I’m going to try in the future to make sure that my first drafts are as clean as I can get them (that’s quite an ambition as grammar alone is a major issue for me I think).