18th October 2019

Good morning folks. I’m having a play with the scheduling feature, so if this doesn’t go live at 11am I made a booboo somewhere!

Today, or yesterday as it were I wrote about 500 words but I did a lot of editing in the time I had available to me. I’m now at the point of CS1 where I’ve got to decide what direction to take the story in. I’ve got two choices, but I’m kinda tempted to try and merge the two and see what happens.

Where I’m thinking about this years NaNo I’ve realised I’ve still not gone through and edited what I done last year. I’ve done a couple but that’s about it. I’ve got ten short stories in various stages of first drafts and I need to get them tidied up. Which is making me think that next year is going to be a heavy editing year. I’m considering dropping my word count target to something like 10k a month and going heavy on editing.

That’s the lot for now, I’ll end with a cute picture of a cat that I’ve just taken.

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Good Morning, Sunday 29th of September 2019

Good morning, Folks! Just a quick little post here today. The 1000 words a day mission crashed on Thursday, on Friday I knocked out about 500 and yesterday, nothing. A couple little life things got in the way, plus forgetting laptop and having a low battery on my phone didn’t help either.

Today though, I’m going to get back into it. I’m a little anxious about getting the 1000 today as a lot of what I’ll be doing today will be finding places to merge scenes in, but I’m hoping that’ll help fire up some fresh words for the day.

Right, time to get stuck in. Have a good day, folks!

16th Of September 2019

Hi folks, the weekend was as I expected and busy. I didn’t get much done at the write-in but I wasn’t expecting to. Come November it’ll be a different story.

I did read through more of CS1 at the write-in and now just have to collect all my notes and start mapping out what needs to be added. I probably won’t be working on it too much this week, simply because I won’t have the time. I think that’s a good thing though. It’ll give me time to think it over and see how it feels seeing as I’m able to let it rest a little.

Onto today though. I wrote about 600 words on the fanfic piece and I’m pretty happy with that. This is my fourth of fifth attempt at getting this done and I like to think I’ve got a good feel for it this time. I was a little stuck the last time I looked at it but did find a way through when I was working on it today.

Reading wise, I’m still reading Christopher Law’s Chaos Tales Vol. 1. I listened to Dirty Deeds 2 by Armand Rosamilia last week and loved it! This series has me hooked well and truthfully now.

I’m gonna wrap it up here. I’m going to aim to get closer to that 1000 words tomorrow.

Good Morning, Sunday 1st of September 2019

Wow, the 1st of September already. Two months till NaNoWriMo…..

Right, not thinking about NaNo just yet. Yesterday my plan didn’t quite go to, plan but I still got the core of what I wanted done, done. I learnt a lesson that I really need to have sink in. I don’t need to be in a perfect environment to edit. I cracked on with Zombie edits again last night and made some good progress with it. I do have an editor lined up to look it over but not the cash yet. But that gives me a little helping hand as it’ll give me time to let it sit for a couple more weeks and I’ll have another look at it before I send it off.

Today I’m going to look at CS1 and start getting that shaped up. I too often get preoccupied with hitting a word count for a day, but I need to learn how to balance things out and get what feels like a ton of editing done. I’ve still got short stories from last years NaNo that I haven’t polished.

That said, I’m at a write-in so I probably won’t get much done at all! Outside of November (NaNo season) we don’t write much during write-ins, but we have some great conversations.

With that said, I need to get my arse in gear. Have a great Sunday folks. If you’re working I hope it’s a productive one. If you’re chilling out, I hope it’s a peaceful one.

Failed Already

My alarm was set for 6am, 7:15am I got out of bed. No time for words to be written. No time to maybe read a little. Just enough time to get ready for work, and drink a cup of tea(writing this while waiting for tea to cool to drinking temperature).

Yesterday was extremely frustrating. Today hasn’t started how I envisioned it but I can’t see why it should change anything when it comes to the rest of the day. Once work is done I’ll clean the henhouse out. Then have a bath and then, editing! I want to have this pass done tonight so tomorrow I can get some new words written.

Right, the tea should be just right now. Have a great day and weekend, folks!

3rd Of April 2019

Good evening. I have written 295 on the vampire book and 388 on the other project I’m working on. This evening, despite not feeling all that well I made my final edits on about 12,000 words on the zombie novella. I did that in about forty minutes, minus a brief cake break. I popped my earphones on, put Paul Leonard-Morgan’s score from the movie Dredd on and flipped my hood on and cracked on.

This last edit pass is the alterations from when I read the last draft out loud. I got worried at one point as I went through a number of pages back to back and thought I’d not finished the read through, until I found that red ink. As I was passing these pages without red on them I worried about how much I may have missed but I need to trust myself.

The next stage is for my beta readers to have a look and they are people I do trust. The next project that’s going to be edited is CS1. That’s at the first stage, which is a digital edit, although I’m tempted to read it and then edit it. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it and I’d like a reminder of how it reads before I start editing.

I am calling it a night. I really am felling a little unwell and my bed is calling me.

13th of February 2019

Yesterday I had a thousand word day. The first in quite some time. I don’t think I’m going to get many of those this month as I’m going to be editing my zombie trifecta novella next week and then after that I’ll be getting properly stuck into the Vampire Era.

Speaking of the Vampire Era, I’ve started the rewrites/editing for that. 1200 words in so far and hoping I’m doing a good job. I think the changes I’m going to make are really going to make it come alive, and I think I’ve grown enough as a writer to give it what I’ve felt it’s lacked in the past.

CS1 has hit a bit of a roadblock. I’m stuck on how I’m ending it, I’ve got an idea but I’m having trouble executing it. So I’m letting it sit for a few days and see if that helps.

I will drop everything when I get Beta notes back on PE3.

This weekend I’m taking a break though. I’m off to Cardiff to support my friends at their signing at WH Smith’s. If you’re in the area pop along and see them between 11am and 1pm. If you search CL Raven on Twitter or CL Raven Fan club on Facebook the details are there. You can also click the links on the side of this blog to my social media as the details are there as well. I’ll try and pop a link in my next post as well.

Right, time to get to work. Have a super day, all.