I’ve had a few days off from writing but got 596 words today as I begin typing up one of the short stories I wrote earlier this year. I was going to start the final pass on zombie book, I need to add the rewritten ending but I got intimidated by it but will get stuck in soon. Sometimes I need to let myself process something like this. It’s kind of like my brain needs to retrieve the information I’ve got stored about this project and I can start working out what I need to do before I dive in.
I’ve not done much work on my Ko-Fi page but it’s still moving forward. I’ll be having membership open but it’s not quite ready yet.
I have been managing to read a little the last few days and hopefully that’s a good start to getting back into the swing of things with reading.
Right, I’ll leave you with the short film Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz created that’s based on my short story of the same name.
It is a gorgeous morning here in the South East of England, so obviously I’ve been sat at my desk, in my pjs and dressing gown writing. I’m off to work this afternoon and knew I wanted to get some words written. This I’ve done, 1393 all in all and I’ve finished typing up the ending of the zombie book. The next stage is transferring it to the main file, then do my final pass. In that pass I’m looking at just a few minor tweaks. There will be one larger addition to the first part of the story that will give a character a lot more depth and motivation. That will only be a couple of lines though and is the largest tweak that this final pass will have. Then it’ll be off to my editor for her to give it a final pass to make sure I’ve not left any really stupid grammatical errors or plot holes with this new ending. Which reminds me I need to message her and the cover artist.
So, what’s next? Next will be typing up one of the short stories that I’ve recently written as well as continuing with the story for an anthology I’ve been invited to submit to (need to check that deadline). I do also want to start my final pass on Penal Earth, but that can wait a little as I don’t have the money to send it to an editor yet. I do have a few notes from a dear friend who read it and picked up a few pieces that I, my mum and beta readers had missed. So this coming pass will mainly be for those.
I just want to give a shoutout to The Mando Method Podcast. Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have always produce engaging, informative, and just damn entertaining content that I have learnt a lot from, but now they are doing a monthly roundtable episode where they’ll bring in two other authors and I’m really enjoying these episodes. Sometimes a podcast will make a change like this and it doesn’t quite work, but Armand and Chuck have nailed it with this one, and it really adds a new element to their podcast. I strongly recommend checking them out.
Just a little pimping out my Ko-Fi page. It’s still the bog standard page but membership will be up and running soon. You can follow for free, and I won’t be putting this blog behind a paywall. Once in a while I’ll put a post up on Ko-Fi that will then come here maybe a few weeks later, but these what I think of as journal posts will never be behind a paywall.
I’ll end todays post with my flash fiction piece, Ghost, which appeared in the 84 Stories 84 Words anthology.
I’ve had a couple of days off from writing, which have felt good. But I got back onto it today. I’ve written 393 of an anthology submission and 497 on the zombie book. I think I’ve also solved one of the queries the editor had for a character in zombie as well.
I’ve not really much more to add today. I needed those couple of days off to focus on a few other things, nothing major or ground breaking. But I think it also serves to help rest the brain a little from grinding out the work. It helps to solve a few problems if you step away a little. The trick I need to learn is when I do that, not to let it stutter my momentum. I was hitting about a 1000 words a day on zombie, so I’m happy today has been almost five hundred. Tomorrow I’ll be aiming for a 1000 before heading off to work.
I have tea, Raven is climbing over my printers while Dizzy is sitting staring at my from besides my chair. A scrap is imminent….but I’m awake. I’ve got a late shift today so I wanted to get up and get cracking early and for once it feels like I have done. There was no ‘snoozing’ of alarms. No rolling over for ‘another five minutes’ which always turned into at least another half an hour. I have an Amaranthe playlist via YouTube playing and I’m ready to get some words cracked out. I’m even dressed!
So, what’s the day got planned for me. I’d like to knock out another thousand words of zombie. I think that is very achievable. Just plug away until about midday I think and then that gives me a little time for lunch, half an hour on GTAV and a few other bits and bobs before heading off to work.
That all sounds really straight forward. It’s not. I’ll be editing as I type of the hand written draft of zombie. So I’ll be having to think on the go and I’m going to try and read the scene before I type it up so I know what point the scene is taking the story to. I am feeling quite a bit of pressure with zombie. This will be my first release and it’s got to be right. I don’t want to be that person who puts something out into the world and it’s poorly put together. Typos, spelling mistakes, bad layout, and so on. I trust my editor, she is incredibly good at what she does and I know she won’t let me embarrass myself.
But, I’m pushing through. I’m not letting my self-doubt stop me. I’ve had far too many months where that doubt has had me dragging my heels on writing. I know the why of this, and I’ll talk about it one day but it deserves more than a few sentences in a daily post. I know I can do this. I know it’s time to step up. And I know I keep repeating this, but that is more for myself. It’s me keeping that positivity at the forefront of my consciousness.
Self doubt, imposter syndrome, what ever you want to tag it with, is a prick. It’s a horrible feeling and one that when it takes hold it can shut me down in a heartbeat. But it will not win. It may gain ground by winning small battles but I will win the war.
Today I have written 238 on the anthology submission, and 1128 words of the typing up of the ending of the zombie story. It’s going well. I don’t think I’ll have much tidying of it to do once I’ve done it. I’ll send it off to an editor to make sure I’ve not made a big screw up, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.
The story for the anthology is feeling good. Where I’m writing with pen and paper it’s going a little slower than I’d like but I think it’s helping in building the story. It feels like it’s got a depth that previous attempts haven’t had before.
Today feels like it’s been a good, productive day. Some good progress, and a good start to the week.
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Got a Sunday off so I can do a post this morning. For long term readers of my blog you’ll know that I used to do a Good Morning post every Sunday morning. I’d sit in an armchair with my laptop on my lap, Dizzy sat on the arm of the chair and our late dog Pacey stretched out across the floor at my feet somewhere.
Those posts I’d write what I was planning to do that day, I can’t remember how often I hit those goals because that was two or three years ago now, probably longer to be honest. But I liked it because it was a statement of intent, it was accountability. That is something I’m still trying to find a way to make work. I set out my goals for the month and then into the next seven days. I still feel like I’m not writing to any sort of plan. I know the projects I’ve got to work on and where some of them are but I need to get myself some more organisation and then stick to it.
At the moment I’m trying to focus in on what days I’m productive, and I’ve found there’s often a point in the week where writing does have to ease off a bit. Now do I set out softer goals, or do I load my writing week according to when I’ve been most productive? that is a little difficult as where I work shifts I don’t have that regular working rota. So, I’ll need to play that into consideration each week. I do try to do this but again. It’s something I need to be better at figuring out, because at the moment I know I need to step up. I Need to. It’s that time to do so. I don’t have a choice in the matter. It’s where I’m being pulled.
I feel like I’m moving in the right direction, but it’s a slow journey. I need to find ways to speed that up. I don’t fear going too fast and cocking things up because what I’m talking about is just getting things done. My main three projects are all in different stages of the editing process. I can work on one, then move to the next while the previous one is with a beta reader or an editor for example (I can hear Armand Rosamilia shouting at me about editing by the way!).
It literally feels like I’m one step away from making the next big leap in my writing career. It’s not just time to do that, it’s past time to do that.
I’ve written 447 words today and I think I’m done with the rewrite of the ending of the zombie story. It feels a little open ended but I’m conscientious of overdoing it. I’ll see how it feels when I type it up.
I have been working on a few ideas for my Ko-fi page. At the moment I’m thinking of starting small and go for one short story a month for a low fee, and then build on it. I want to be prepared though. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m just winging it each month. I’d like to have the first years worth of content planned and these stories are not ones that are going to be partly done. I’ve got seven so far, but I’m going to go through each one and give it a polish before I put it up. Anything I post there is likely to change a little at later dates when it comes to publishing it further than a crowd sourcing site, but they won’t be major changes.
Okay, I’m going to wrap it there. I’ve got another early start tomorrow so I’m off to eat and shower then try for an early night.
I wrote 500 words today, and I’m not overly happy with them. I was a little distracted and never really got flying. It’s not awful, but I think I can do better with a few tweaks.
I did do a short video for YouTube today. I started off talking about how my editing process is evolving and ended in me talking about imposter syndrome. That’s my brain, folks! Please have a look. (Dizzy makes a cameo).
I didn’t get quite as much done today as I’d have liked, and I still need to do a couple of bits before getting my head down. Including this blog post!
This is shorter one tonight. I really want to get those last couple of bits done, and I can hear a lemon drizzle cake my mum made calling my name!
So, have an awesome evening folks! I hope you’ve all had a good start to the week.
I am awake and almost raring to go. I just need some breakfast, but I currently have a Dizzy on my lap and she’s not appearing very keen on the idea of me getting up.
Anyway, my plan for the day is to get more of Zombie done. It does feel like it’s getting very near the ending of it now so hopefully I’ll be wrapping it up in the next couple of days.
I have a few business of writing bits I need to look at today, and this is something I need to get much better at. I’m not the most business minded of people but I need to get into that somewhat. I’ve been listening to the Mando Method Podcast since it’s birth and I’ve picked up so much from it, and I really need to start executing some of the lessons learned there. (also kinda expecting Armand and Chuck to shout at me when I make mistakes they’ve said they done and have talked about so that us baby writers don’t do the same).
*Dizzy update, she’s moved and I’ve had breakfast*
The business side of things is something that I do find daunting, but to do what I want to do I need to get better at it.
I have a couple of phone calls to take this morning, so it’s going to be a potentially stop/start day today, but lets get cracking!
How are we all doing today? I wrote about 600 words during the write in this morning. And I’ve also had a bit of a sort out of my desk this afternoon. I feel a little more organised now.
The gears are really beginning to turn at the moment and I’m getting really eager to wrap up Zombie, Penal Earth, and Black Blood. Other stories are really shouting at me and it is very much time I put these three longer term project to bed.
Right, have an awesome afternoon and evening folks. I’ve got a long day at work tomorrow so likely won’t be posting then but will be writing at some point.