June 20th 2018

With a few words during lunch and a few more at a writing group ( my first time at this one) I’ve knocked out 1041 words today. I’m a little surprised I passed four figures if I’m honest. Normally I have a vague idea of what sort of word count I have for the day as I’m going, but today I had no idea of where I was. If I had to guess I’d have said I was in 700-800 word range.

I’m still a little stuck on PE3, and the words are not flowing as freely as I’d like on WC2 but they’re coming to me easier than PE3 at the moment. I feel a little like my writing mojo has wondered off again, but it doesn’t feel like it’s as desolate as it has been for the last year or so.

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June 19th 2018

Yesterday I wrote 127 words. This feels very feeble to me, but I wrote. I can make a ton of excuses as to why I didn’t write more but the only that really matters is I was especially lazy last night.

Laziness is a real problem for me. I hate the fact that my mentality slips into ‘can’t be bothered’ far too easily. It’s normally when I’ve had a tough day, or in this case have had a couple of nights where I’ve not slept well (last night continued this annoying trend when my cat attacked me during the night).

So this is me kind of declaring I’m going to kick myself into gear. The next few days I’m going to aim for 500 words of fiction a day, and I’ve got an article for a friends blog I’ve promised her. So I’m going to get my first draft of that done by Monday.

My biggest enemy is me, I need to find a way to defeat myself and get some work done.

17th June 2018

393 words this evening. Today has been the first Sunday in a long time where I haven’t got up and cracked on with the writing stuff. It’s Fathers Day so I went down to the caravan where my parents where and saw them this morning. Then this afternoon I played a good 75% of Gears Of War 4, completing it. I love those games and have left it far too long to play this one. It’s served to fuel a ton of ideas though. I think I’ve got some good ideas for a story I haven’t been able to get just right, but I’ve got to stick a fork through that one for the moment as I’m trying to focus on two other stories that I’d like to get done sooner rather than later.

I am getting stuck a little with PE3, so I might focus on WC2 for a few days as that one seems to be what I’m finding I’m working on easier.

16th June 2018

I’ve written 326 words today, all before work. I’ve been pretty consistent this month with writing. I’ve only got two zero word days for the month so far, which I’m pleased about. I’d like to get over the 500 words a day mark a little more often, but I’m liking my consistency at the moment.

I am managing to get up a little earlier some days, it does feel good getting words out first thing. It takes the pressure off for getting words down later on in the day.

I really want to get into the habit of writing as and when I can, I need to get my focus a little more honed. I find I’m very easily distracted. I’m going to have a play around with a few things to see if I can find something that helps me keep that focus. Music does help, but sometimes I think I need to be listening through earphones as opposed to speakers. I’m also going to start sprinting online again. I’ll pop a shoutout onto my local NaNoWriMo group and see if some communal sprinting helps get me firing.

Book Review: Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski

This book rocked! I described it to a friend as being 1984 meets The Lego Movie! I didn’t really have any idea of what to expect. I hadn’t read the synopsis or any reviews of it. I just knew it was by an author I wanted to check out.
What really sticks with me is the tone throughout the story is pretty level regardless of what’s happening, but that’s just a thin covering of the real tone of the story.

I listened to the audiobook of this one and the narration by Steve Rimpici was perfect for the book. he got the tone just right.

Billy and the Cloneasaurus was right up my street and is a fantastic modern day dystopian that is gripping and memorable. Definitely worth checking out!

June 4th 2018

451 words today. I didn’t get up early like I had planned but I did still knock some words out first thing. That is a habit I really want to get into, writing before work. I’ve done it intermittently over the years but would really like to do it more often. Whether that’s getting up early or just making the most of the time between getting up and going to work.

Just a short little post tonight. I’m gonna try and get up early tomorrow to write so going to bed a little earlier is my aim tonight.

June 3rd 2018

I wrote just over 1200 words today (just under a 1000 yesterday), in about three hours. Then I spent a good four hours on some promotional stuff.

I thought I’d written closer to 1500 words to be honest. I was a bit annoyed to see I hadn’t if I’m honest. I knew I wouldn’t hit the 2600 that I did on Monday but I would have liked to get a few more added. That said I need to appreciate that I was working this afternoon. The promotional part of being an author is an important element. From pretty much every writer I’ve heard talking on this matter you can’t just write and put books out and expect them to sale. We need to go to websites and blogs and talk about our books, our influences. The books, music, TV, movies etc. that we love. We need to go on podcasts and let people hear our voices. Now, this is so much fucking easier said than done. I’m going to feature in two web events this summer. The already announced Alice In Summerland on the fantastic Ginger Nuts of Horror website, and another which hasn’t yet been announced. (I’ve just remembered I promised a post to a friend for her website as well).While I’ve been working of these posts I’ve worried that I’m doing something wrong with it, but that is just my own insecurities rising to the surface as I haven’t done anything like this before, and I’ve got to trust myself a little more with it. I also know the more of these I do the more comfortable I’ll get with doing them, but I don’t want to get too comfortable with it. That little touch of fear will drive me to make sure I do the best I can.

I mentioned podcasts, and I think that is an area that is just going to keep growing over the next few years. Appearing on podcasts can be priceless if you choose the right ones. I’ve already got one in mind that I’d like to go on, but once I’ve got a few pieces out and up for sale. That is something that terrifies me, but I was anxious before doing the readings I’ve done and I think they turned out okay.

I’ve known for a long time that being an author isn’t just sitting and writing, but it’s not been until recently that I’ve began to appreciate some of what is involved in being an author. I’ve also only just scratched the surface.