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.

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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.

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.

May 30th 2018

Today I wrote about 500 words. Most of those were during my lunch break it’s a few this evening. I was at a write in for most of the evening which was full of laughter and some fantastic conversation. A former ML of our NaNo region was visiting and she’s a great person who is an experienced and accomplished writer. She’s very encouraging and has great advance. It’s always a pleasure to spend some time with her.

Tomorrow I’m very tempted to have an evening off. I need a little recharge, both physically and from a creative sense. I’m a strong believer in recharging the creative battery and I’d like to sit down and watch a couple of movies I’ve not seen before.

That’s me done for the night. My bed is calling and I’ll not ignore it any longer.

May 29th 2018

Not much to say for the 29th, work during the day, fun writing group in the evening and that’s about it.

I’m beginning to feel like any writing I get done during the week is going to be a bonus. My day job is very busy at the moment, which is always good. But that means I’m wiped out when I get home, and weeks like this one where I’ve got two writing groups on two nights back to back mean I won’t get my head done and crack on like I normally would. I would like to find a solution to this long term. If I’m to get more completed I’ve got to work in more time to write. I talk about being tired but when I’m into the story I’m working on, that doesn’t matter. I just need to make sure I sit down and write.

I know that’s a little confusing but hey, it’s gone midnight here in the UK and I’m tired lol.

May 21st & 22nd 2018

I didn’t write anything yesterday (21st). No real reason, just fancied chilling out in the evening if I’m honest. Tonight I went and saw Deadpool 2 again so I’ve not had much time tonight but I did knock out 571 words on PE3 in about twenty minutes. I’m at a fun part where I’m going to do nasty, gory things to characters. So I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into that tomorrow.

Now, I’m off to bed. I cannot express how much fun the next chapter of PE3 is going to be….