A Tough Week

This last week has been challenging. We’ve had a family emergency this week that has knocked all of us off our stride somewhat. So although I’ve been managing to get a few words down most days, its still the low hundreds. The time just hasn’t been there. Which is also why I haven’t been blogging this last week.

That said, I’ve wrapped the second chapter of The Space Watch re-write and have started chapter three. Once this post is written I’m going to get stuck into more of the edits for last years NaNoWriMo novel. Then I’m going to spend an hour or so this afternoon on The Space Watch re-write and try to get a good foothold of chapter three and that should set me up for the week well.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo; I’m still not 100% on what I’m going to do for it. I’ll probably just end up typing up the fanfic piece I did a few months ago, although I’ve had another idea I may do. But I’ll have to wait and see how I feel at the time.

Good Morning, Sunday

It’s another Sunday and I’m planning on having a productive day. I haven’t gotten as much done on the rewrite of The Space Watch as I’d have of liked, but it is what it is. I am feeling a damn site better than I have been and am hoping I can get seriously stuck into it this coming week.

Today, I’ve got some clearing up to do in the garden after my Dad trimmed a hedge before he had his pacemaker/ICD battery replaced. It’s not a lot of work to do but I’m kind of looking forward to it. A little physical work that’s different from what I do at the day job may do me a little good.

Once that’s done I’m going to get some work done on last years NaNo, and then I’ll try and get a few words done on The Space Watch, but I’m not too concerned if I don’t get anything done on that one today.

Right, I’m off to have a bit of breakfast and then I’ll get that hedge debris cleared up.

A Week Of Distractions

This week has just wiped me out big time. Between work and the heat we’ve had here in the UK I’ve been pretty drained, but add in my Dad having his pacemaker/ICD battery changed and my maternal grandfather in hospital for a couple of days its been a little stressful as well.

I did hit exhaustion yesterday. I’ve not felt that for sometime, but eight hours sleep really did the trick and I woke up feeling much better. I’m still feeling burnt out but not anywhere near as badly as I was.

Needless to say, writing has only been drips and drabs again. It’s still good stuff (I think) and I’m seeing how things are going to play out a little as I’m going.

The weather is cooling here, my Dad is home and recovering well and should be back at work soon. my Grandad is home as well. Things are returning to normal so hopefully I’ll get seriously stuck into The Space Watch rewrite properly.

Just A Quickie

I’ve managed 300 words today, and have finished the first chapter of the rewrite for The Space Watch. The characters are coming to life pretty well, better than they did in previous versions. The setting seems more solid as well, more depth to it. That tells me that all the work Owen and I have done over the last couple of years to develop this world have paid off.

I’m at the cinema tomorrow but not till about 8:30, so I’m going to try and write hard in the time I have in the evening. It should be a little easier now that I’ve finished Gotham series two😉

Right, I’m off to watch a movie and then bed.

A Good Sunday

Today I’ve managed to knock out almost a thousand words on last years NaNoWriMo story. This is the third, and what’ll hopefully be the final draft of the story. I liked what I added today, it worked out well what I done and I’ve got a lot of optimism for it.

I’ve added 150 words to The Space Watch rewrite. I’d have liked to have gotten more added but Sunday is my one day off of the week so a big part of it is me chilling out.

I am feeling a lot better now, so hopefully this week I’ll begin to start increasing my productivity again.

A Slow But Steady Week

If you’ve been reading my blog over the last week you’ll know that I’ve been a little unwell and haven’t really felt like writing but have managed to keep quite a consistent pace going. I’ve just done some quick math and I’ve averaged 420 words a day since last Sunday. I think the 850 I wrote last Sunday helped a lot in that because during the week I’ve been hitting around the 300 word mark.

The last few months have felt very slow to me. I’ve barely written any words, that said though I have been editing, but the last couple of months I haven’t even been doing that. I’ve been distracted and I’ve struggled to focus and when I get that focus I’ve found it really quite hard to maintain it. A prime example of that has been this morning when I set out to write this blog post I opened YouTube to get a playlist going and saw a blooper reel for The Big Bing Theory, an hour later I start writing this post.

I’ve always been a distracted person, but normally I can knock out ten minutes worth of work, then faff about on Facebook for ten minutes and then write another ten minutes. But, I think if I hadn’t been unwell this week then I would have gotten a lot more written. I wouldn’t have just been writing before work and during my lunch break. I would have gotten home and scribbled out a few more words during the evenings. That said I had plans Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. That said though I had to council the Monday and Tuesday ones due to no feeling well.

If I’d been well, and hadn’t had a busy social week, I would have written a lot more words. I can feel the love of writing surfacing again and I’m seeing what needs to come in the next few paragraphs of the story. I’m writing longhand like I did when I wrote that FanFiction piece earlier this year and I’m finding the experience to be similar. For me, writing longhand lets my brain work things out in a different way as to when I’m typing a first draft. Longhand is allowing me to think things through a little better as I can’t write longhand as quickly as I can when I type. It also allows me to red-pen notes in the margins on a blank page three sheets on from where I am(I know there’s a way to do that digitally but this feels easier).

I’m excited for this rewrite of The Space Watch. When I’ve attempted rewrites before they haven’t gone well, and this one didn’t start off well. But I made the decision to sacrifice quite a impactful opening because it wasn’t working. So I came at it from a different direction and it felt a much more natural opening, and this has helped in it not feeling like I’m just repeating the same story. At the core of it, the story will stay the same but by changing the opening it’s been like an anchor has been removed and we’re able to write the story with the changes we’ve made to the characters and the setting without it feeling like we’re forcing it. Hell, a couple of changes have been made which Owen and I hadn’t discussed and I’ve had to text him quite sheepishly because these changes just happened and felt very natural.(he’s been cool with them). One of them I’m especially pleased with and I’m loving the character in question because of it.

So, despite a long week it’s been more productive than I first thought it was.

Another Slow Saturday

I am coming to the conclusion that I really don’t write well on Saturdays. Today I’ve written 300 words and thats about it.

Writing on a Saturday just seems alien to me and I struggle. Most of what I wrote today was before work but I was distracted with it, and this evening I tried to write but found what I was writing to feel very hollow and sub-standard. So I’m going to leave it till tomorrow and once I’ve done some of last years NaNoWriMo editing I’ll give it another go.