Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?
I’ve had a bit more of a slower day, today. The last couple of days have been busy work wise so I’ve not had a whole lotta time to write but I did get some words written and some edited today. I also had a bit of inspiration hit for a non-fiction post I’ve started on today.
Short and sweet today, I’m beat and have another early start tomorrow. So have an awesome evening all!
Good evening folks. I’ve written 836 words on War Child and 737 on the short story I’ve been working on today.
I finished work early and did a spring clean in my office before getting words done. I did get some words on the short story during my break at work but have done more tonight. I feel a little lazy as I think I should have done more words, but I passed my target by fifty percent. So it’s not a failure. Especially considering I spring cleaned my primary writing space. It wasn’t a dump, but a deep clean changes the energy of the space, makes it feel refreshed and makes me want to be in there more.
As for the words today, I feel a little unsure of them, especially those of the short story. I’m not sure it’s authentic, but I’m going to leave it in until I get to the editing phase of my process.
I’ve got a somewhat busy day tomorrow, but I’m still going to have time to get some words wrangled.
I wrote 980 words today on War Child. I’ve come to realise I’m essentially working on a second draft. Not quite writing it from scratch but I have rewritten the first couple of scenes. It’s a case of it being easier to do this than it is to add in the details I need to. Starting War Child during last years NaNoWriMo was a good idea as it got the story off the ground, but it has also hampered it. Where I was writing a bit here and a bit there a lot of the time I wasn’t able to be as deep with it as it needs to be. At the moment it feels like NaNo served as an in-depth outline for the story. It helped me get an idea of the story I want to tell, and how broad it is turning out to be. I think I’ve said in previous posts that I was loosely planning three books, a trilogy that would tell this story. Well, where book one was originally meant to end is a long, long ways off. At the moment I think this is going to be a good five book series, which I think I got overwhelmed by. Even now I feel like the scale of this is too big for me to get my head around. I think this has led to me not working on it too much since the start of the year, but that time has given me time to process what I need to do to get this first book done.
Watching the science fiction I have recently has given me a lot of ideas, as has diving back into the Halo video game series. I spent a fair chunk of yesterday afternoon replaying the first game, and boy had I forgotten how good it was. I’m playing the Master Chief collection which is remastered and damn it looks good. Plays fantastic too (I’d forgotten how hard those damn Warthogs are to drive though!). I’d not really played any game aside from GTA for quite some time, so I was worried the different game mechanics would have a negative effect. But thankfully they didn’t and I really got stuck in. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to playing it again in the next few days.
To make sure I don’t get distracted by it, I won’t be gaming until I’m done with any bits and pieces at home I need to do, and I’ve written. I’m going to be starting kind of small with it, a scene a day for example. But I’m hoping that I’ll get into a flow with the story and this will increase each time I sit down to write.
Howdy, folks! Just a quick one tonight. I finished the final read through of Black Blood on Monday, having smashed out a 10k words in editing. It’s nice having it done, but now it’s on the shelf until I have the cash to get it edited or find a publisher to submit too.
There’s not much else to report, I’m stepping back into War Child. I’ve had some good thinking time on it, and I’m looking forward to getting back into it. I’ve also started work on a little flash fiction piece. Just kind of a palate cleanser, I fancy doing something a little different to what I’ve been working on for a while. Lots of science-fiction with touches of horror, so I kinda want to get into something to make skin craw, from the inside. But it’ll probably end up being a bloodbath with lots of gore. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve got a nice little bit of momentum going the last few days. It’s nice having my desktop set up. The laptop (which I’m working on now) is good and a darn good work horse, but having a decent sized screen, a little closer to eye height it making it a damn site easier. I’m getting more done in a smaller slot of time, despite kitty interference, and it’s feeling good and energised.
At this rate Black Blood will be wrapped up soon and then it’ll be onto the next project, which’ll likely be getting a first draft of the serial killer collection done.
I’ve not done much practical work on War Child, but its been popping in and out of my head. I’m slowly wrapping my hands around what I need to do, I just need to sit down and get some of these thoughts scribbled down.
Right, I need to get my head down. An early start tomorrow.
January wasn’t a bad month, I wrote 5448 words, and edited 51758 words.
I realised I needed a lot more background work on War Child before I can move forward with it. So I decided to go back to Black Blood while I start building what I need to progress on War Child. Because I’ve had a somewhat busy and interesting month I’ve not done as much on War Child, or writing work in general, as I’d have liked. But it’s not been disappointing though, it’s given me time to let War Child simmer nicely, let ideas grow naturally. I think that element has been very helpful in that I haven’t just rushed through it and made a pigs ear out of it all.
The edit on Black Blood is not overly taxing. For the most part it is just going through and taking out any little spelling and grammar errors. This will be my final pass on Black Blood before it’s shelved until I have the money to get it edited. It’s behind Penal Earth in that queue.
On a personal note, I had some good news which came near the end of the month. I broke out of my fear-built cocoon and got away for a couple of days, I’ll have a post about that soon. I feel like I’ve had some good mental and emotional growth, and have made some interesting self-realised revelations about myself. Which, honestly, I’m still working on figuring out.
I’ve hit a bit of a wall with the short story I was working on, it’s a good idea. But I don’t have a hook for it. I don’t have a story there. It’s an idea and that’s it. This is something I’m beginning to recognise; when an idea is just that. An Idea.
With War Child I’ve taken a small step back with it so I can map out an important part of the story. I can’t screw this up. This story is a lot more complicated than I normally create, as such I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a lot with it. So I need to get it right.
That said, I’ve dived into the final pass of Black Blood. This one is nearly done. I’m not sure there’s much more I can do with it and I imagine most of what I’m going to end up doing with this pass is tidying things up.
Right, I’ve got an early start tomorrow and a lot on. So I’m gonna get settled in and start winding down for the night.
Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?
Today I’ve edited 7427 words on War Child. I feel like I’m getting my head around what I need to do with this story, structurally but definitely a long way off still.
I will be typing up my thoughts from my recent trip to Brighton soon. It’s had quite an effect on me. First time I really got out on my own for a couple of days. I know it was a step in overcoming fear I’ve let dominate me for a long time, but it’s flicked something in my head that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m working on it though.
The ten day’s I’ve had off come to an end tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine of family, working, friends, and writing. I say routine, but this is me. It’ll likely be all over the place.
Right, I’m gonna watch the end of this movie and then its bed for me.
Hey folks, how are we all doing? I’ve had a busy start to the year outside of writing but have still been squeezing in time to get the words wrangled.
I’ve finished an initial read through of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year, and boy do I have my work cut out. I’ve got a lot of material to work with, but most importantly I’ve got a decent handle on what I need to do to get a first draft of the first book in this, what’s looking to be, a multiple book series.
I’ve got some time off coming up, and I’m going to try and get working on mapping out what I need to do to connect the dots in this first instalment. It’s feeling pretty good, i’m excited to get stuck into it.
Right, shorter post today. I’ve got an early tomorrow so I should really think about getting to bed.
Howdy, folks! How are we all doing? Are people having a good festive period? Mine has been pretty darn good, but it’s back to work tomorrow. Which I am looking forward to, I enjoy my day job a lot and I like the routine (if shift-work has such a thing), and as most of my shifts are early’s I tend to have the rest of the day to get stuck into what I need to.
In the week before Christmas I had very little time to focus on writing, but I did manage to squeeze writing time in. This years NaNo project is still in process and I didn’t want to go too many days without working on it. I’ve had seven days this month where I haven’t done any writing at all, and likely a few days where I haven’t worked on NaNo ’22, but I’ve not let too many days in a row where I’ve not worked on it. Something I’ve talked about a lot on here is momentum, and I think it’s something that’s very important. I’ve lost momentum before and it’s very hard to get it back. I’m worried it’s going to happen again, so I’m hoping I’ve done enough so far with this story to stop me from hitting a roadblock that stops me dead like has happened in the past.
I don’t want this year to end with a bang, and I definitely don’t want it to end with a whimper. I want it to end with a nice steady pace, similar to where I am at the moment which rolls right into 2023 and continues.
I haven’t spoken much about my mental health publicly of late, that’s simply because I’m feeling better than I have done in a long time. Okay, then I’ve ever felt. Yes, there’s a long way to go. There are still things which really eat away at me, and as I kinda tick one thing off another three crop up. But I’m working on it all. I have less bad days now then I used to and the good ones are more frequent. I don’t believe it’s one or the other. I think some days are a mix of both, while others are neither. Those are the days I have most of, but even those days tend to be more towards the positive side of life.
The biggest lesson I feel I’ve learnt of late is to get a decent amount of sleep. Life is a lot more settled when I’m more rested.