1st Of April 2019

Last night after I wrote yesterdays blog post I put together a list of targets for the week. I thought it out and come up with what I thought was doable in seven days. Here’s the list:

Firstly, yes my hand writing is that bad! But I can just about read it and sometimes writing something down like this implants it into my head better than just thinking it.

When I wrote this I knew it would change during the course of the seven days and it took till all of midday for it to change. The cinema which was a maybe is a no, but on Thursday I’ve got coffee with two other writers.

That’s not a big change to having this list ticked off by the end of the week though. I got a good start as well. Today I’ve written almost 900 words and edited almost half of the zombie story. I’d like to have it done tomorrow but we’ll see. I’m still setting aside three days for it. If I get it done in two then I’ll just bump up starting the CS1 edit.

So, a good start. Lets keep it going!

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31st Of March 2019 (Time To Step Up)

Today I have written 535 words(I had the day off as it’s my parents 40th wedding anniversary) and overall for March I have written 14463 words for the month. Closer to the 20k, but not close enough. I have been lazy, damn lazy. Yes I’ve done a lot of editing but I could have still fit in more words.

This week I am looking to step up a little. 500 words a day. That I can easily achieve between before work and lunch breaks. I’ve pulled up another partly written story to work on as well as the vampire stuff. I do find I’m better when wriring multiple stories at a time. I get stuck on one, I can switch straight to another one.

In the evenings I’ll get caught up on editing. I’ve got my final notes on my mini zombie collection and get started on the first edit pass of CS1. If I can get the zombie collection done and ready for Beta readers, and the first edit pass of CS1 done by this time next week I’ll be a happy man.

 

Choppy sea at Leysdown today.

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Now, I’m off to bed. Busy week coming up.

 

29th of March 2019

Good evening! Only 412 words today, while yesterday in about the same timeframe I wrote over 900.

But anyway, a little slow at the moment. I am in a bit of rut that I’m working on getting out of. I like the direction I’m going with this vampire story now. I want to get back into working on two pieces at the same time though. I know what story I also want to work on and once this weekend is out of the way (I’ve got a lot going on this weekend so it’ll be a low word count weekend. Next week though, I’m going to try and schedule what I’m doing each day. At the moment I can easily write 500 words between before work and my lunch break. Then in the evenings get editing done. I’ve got my final changes on the zombie book to do, and begin the editing process on CS1.

So, a busy week ahead!

24th of March 2019

I hit a bit of a road block on Tuesday. I felt I wasn’t writing in any real direction and I decided to take a break from all writing for a few days. I felt like I’d hit a bit of a wall and when I’d got to that point in the past I’d force myself to sit and write and not get anything done. So I took a few days off and wrote 1116 words, and the story its on just doesn’t work! This is the first story in a tied in anthology and its got to be right. It’s got to get the book off to a good start, gripping but I’m not feeling it. I’m going to think on it and try and plot out what I need to do to make it work.

I did (finally) get the zombie collection read through. I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve got to make the minor changes that I’ve found. I’ll try and get worked through those next week and see about getting it off to beta readers.

Raven sitting on the pages I’d read.

I am resigning myself to the fact that I am not going to be getting stuck into a first draft for a while. Even with a project I’ve got that will technically be a new book, I’ll be mining a lot of material that was cut from another book (this book is a sequel). This year is going to be an editing one for the whole. I’ve got pieces that I wrote during NaNo that I’ll be expanding on but it does feel like I’m going to be working on a lot of pieces that I’ve started but not finished. Resisting the urge to start on new pieces is going to be hard.

Right, I’m wrapping it there. Have a good one, folks 🙂

Good Morning Sunday 10th March 2019

Good morning! I have been up for about an hour and have tidied up from last nights movie night (Deadpool double feature!). There wasn’t much to tidy up to be fair, my small circle of friends that are within driving distance are an awesome group and don’t make a mess. I did a few other little bits and pieces too and once I’ve written this post I’ll be onto writing and abusing some words.

Todays word will mainly be on the vampire book. The first draft of CS1 is done and I won’t be looking on that again for a few weeks now. Something I need to get in the habit of is leaving a story to rest for a while, to let it settle and work open something else before I start the editing process. But I can’t leave it too long because I’ll fall into my old routine of editing and rewriting things to death (I do fear I’m doing this with the vampire book but we’ll see how it goes once I’m deeper in). I’ve also got to make sure I’ve got something else I can get stuck into when I’ve got a draft done. This shouldn’t be a problem because I’ve got about ten pieces from last years NaNoWriMo that I can continue with.

At the moment I do have a lot I can work with, I’ve also got some plans for various projects I need to get going properly. Here’s where its going to get difficult for me, I need to do better at being organised and keeping track of what I’m doing. I need to have a sit down and think about that side of the job.

Now, I’m off to write! I hope you all have a fantastic Sunday!

8th Of March 2019

Good evening all! 233 words today. Yeah not many. I’d like to be getting closer to the thousand words a day, but its 233 more words than I had at the start of the day.

I’m working on my vampire stories and have hit a hard part that I really need to knuckle down and just focus on. A lot of my writing time at the moment is me snatching words here and there. For this scene I need to get it bang on right, so I need to settle down and keep my focus on it.

The first draft of CS1 is done! but it needs a lot of work. I want to add a number of details and have to do the normal edits that’ll need to be done with a first draft. It is rough but until I read back through it I won’t really know what needs doing.

That edit will have to wait though. Before then I’ve got my final edit of my zombie trifecta to do, and I’ll get my beta notes on PE3 done before I work on the next draft of CS1.

24th of February 2019

So, the editing pass on this Zombie Trifecta was a lot more straight forward than I was expecting it to be. There are three stories in this sorta mini collection and each one takes place during the same outbreak.

My aim for the day was to get through this edit pass, I’m glad it wasn’t more complicated to get it straightened out. I’d done a little editing on the shorter of the three stories so there wasn’t as much to change in them as I’d thought. The final story took a little more to bring it in line with the other two but only because it was written as a one shot story. It was written and done before I’d even started on the other two. I’d even started writing the second one before I’d thought to connect them. That was when I decided to make this little collection and decided to add a third story.

So the next stage is to get it read aloud and those notes made. I’m gonna give it a week or so though as I want to get moving with the vampire pieces again this week and get the one I’m working on done.