God Morning, Saturday 5th of August 2017

1217 words this morning and this draft of the fan fiction piece is done! But I’m not happy with it. It feels like I’ve half-arsed to much of it and I’m still going to have to do a lot more work till I’m happy enough with it to send it off to Beta readers. I am going to take somewhat of a break from it. I’ve heard it’s a good idea to put something aside for a while and then look at it with fresh eyes later on.

I’ve felt like I’ve been in a slump this week, and probably for the last couple of weeks. My productivity level has dropped and I’m moving to stop it dropping any further. I’ve started writing a story I’ve been outlining for a while but it’s something I’m going to be working on during lunch breaks until I’ve got my zombie story 2nd draft done. I’m also writing this new story by hand. I want to slow my writing pace up a little because it feels like I’m rushing what I’m writing when I’m doing it on a computer. If I get more then four hundred words a day done on it I’ll be very surprised. In the evenings I’m going to try and get the zombie story sorted and working on the new piece is the secondary priority till the zombie piece is done.

A slight change to what I normally talk about in these posts, but I’m still struggling with the loss of Chester Bennington. I didn’t know him, but his music is such an important part of my life that I just hadn’t realised. I’ve been up since about 5am this morning, and writing since 5:30 and I was listening to Linkin Park. I tired listening to another band but I couldn’t help but switch to Linkin Park. Aside from a couple of times since Chester’s death I’ve not been able to listen to anything music wise except Linkin Park. My eyes welled up more than once, this morning. I don’t think this is changing for a while. 

I’ve got to get ready for work now, have a great day and weekend everyone. I’m planning on  another post tomorrow but no promises.

If you’ve got a dream you’ve always wanted to pursue, start today.

Good Morning, Sunday. 30-4-17

Another week where I’ve dragged my feet. I’ve struggled to get my butt in the chair and just write. A lot of that is me and not being strong enough to not just crash out when I get home and binge something on Netflix. Some of it is tiredness from the day job, but 99% of it is me struggling to get the motivation to sit down and write. At the moment I am writing in my lunch breaks but not when I get home of an evening. This I have really got to change. I am working on sorting out the reasons why I struggle at times, but it’s a little up and down.

To what I’ve done though: I’ve mainly been working on an anthology submission this last week. I’m a little stuck on it at the moment as I’m not sure where I want to go with it and I’m a little worried that I’m not sticking to the theme close enough. I’ve got a few ideas of how I can hopefully fix that but I think I’m going to have to wait for the edit to do that. If I start trying to do it now I’m just not going to get it done.

The second anthology I’ve heard about I’m really struggling to come up with an idea for. That submission date is before the first one, but I just can’t flesh out an idea that for the theme that really grabs me. I need to so some more thinking on it.

The fanfic piece, I haven’t touched at all this week. I should be stuck into it and progressing at a healthy pace now but it feels like I’ve let it slip by. So I’m going to change that in the next coming days.

We’ve got the Mayday bank holiday here in the UK this weekend so we get an extra day off, and I’m going to try and make the most of that. I’ve got a meet with Owen today which’ll probably take up the bulk of the morning and this afternoon I’m kind of planning a chill out/tidy up. It has been a tiring week and I’d like to relax a little as we get into late afternoon onwards. My brother got me the Predator trilogy (Predator, Predator 2, and Predators) on Blu-Ray for my birthday and I’m planning to have a Predator marathon tonight.

I will be getting to the Costa where I’m meeting Owen early, so I can get some words written and hopefully get past this little bit where I’m stuck on this story submission. That said, I need to get my arse in gear and ready to go. For some people going out in their pjs is an acceptable practice, but I’m not remotely one of those people.

Have a great day, folks.

21/4/17

No words today, in fact I deleted 7200 words from the fanfic piece. I am repeating to myself ‘it makes it stronger, it makes it stronger, it makes it stronger’ and it does. I’ve cannibalised dodgy scenes and made them better and hopefully it’s made the story work so much better.

I’ve done a few notes for a couple of anthologies I’m planning to submit to. I’ve also done some work on the outline for a future story as well, and I’ve had a great world building detail for an alien species for mine and Owen’s sprawling universe we’re working on.

I’m wrapping for the night. I’m beat, it’s been a busy day at work and I’ve half chilled out this evening and half done some editing. I’m not being as productive as I’d like but I feel I’m picking up the pace a little.

19th April 2017

I’ve only written about 500 words today, half on the fanfic piece and half on the short story I’ve been working on.

I was working on the fanfic tonight, while watching a bit of TV, but it was more editing than writing. I added a few words at the end of the scene I’d been rewriting and the next one was more editing than writing.  This is something that I’m hoping outlying will help me with. I seem to have to go back and do a lot of gap filling with my writing and that’s got to add to the time it takes me to get a story done. I know I can write pretty fast (three NaNoWriMo victories in the last three years), but I’ve got to learn to write a coherent first draft.

I’ve got a couple of short story anthologies I’m going to try and submit to, so I’m going to get this short story wrapped up and then focus on those anthologies and get the stories written. I am brainstorming and scribbling down ideas for them but I want to make some time to focus on them properly in the next week or so and give them the proper attention they require and deserve.

It’s been a busy day at work, and a slower but busy evening with writing. I’m feeling beat, but I’m feeling energised and enthusiastic. 

(I’ve not proof-read this, so please excuse any typos). 

9th April, 2017

I wrote 887 words this morning on my Fanfic piece but had to stop sooner than I’d planned. I noticed yesterday that my right wrist was swollen and hand are swollen, and after an hour or so of typing it was beginning to hurt. Considering I’ve got work tomorrow I called it a day for writing and have pretty much rested since.

So not as much today as I’d have liked. I did write another 639 words yesterday on the short story I’ve been working on. That’s being a lot of fun to write, so far.

I have started the outlining process for the next Assembly Of Planets story as well. Owen and I do need to sit down and have a proper strategy session to see where we’re going with this universe.

That’s it for now, I’m going to watch a movie and then get to bed.

Good Morning, Sunday (9/4/17)

Well, another week has passed and I’ve not done a lot of writing, but I have been writing. Monday was the first time I’ve written anything since the 8th of February. Since then I’ve only missed two days writing and have written 2716 words for the month so far (does a little dance).

The main project is the fanfic edit/rewrite. I spent almost all of last Sunday creating a Scrivener file and then getting the scenes I’ve got written in order and adding the notes to them that I’ve made and then figuring out what I need to add to make it work. The first chapter is rewritten and I’ll be moving on with it today.

I have started on the short story I mentioned last Sunday. I’m not sure where it’s going, but I’m enjoying writing from the hip. I have learnt the lesson that I need an outline, but with shorter pieces I think I can indulge and pretend I don’t have to outline.

That’s the lot for now. I’m off to make some progress on this fanfic piece. I am still surprised with how much I am learning from working on this. I know I’ll never be able to publish it, and I knew that from the first word and I am very cool with it. I just wish I’d taken the plunge with fanfic sooner.