Good Morning, Sunday – 23-4-17

This last week hasn’t been too bad. I got the short story I’ve written finished and off to Owen. I’ve made a little progress on the fanfic piece but have come to a piece which I didn’t think I’d have to rewrite but it’s not fitting into the rest of the story. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it generally as it is or rewrite it with different content.

I am going to be digging into these two short story submissions now I’ve finished the short story I was on.  I’ve been having sporadic ideas for both, but one in particular is really boiling up some ideas.

Today I’ve got to admit, I’m not planning on doing much writing. I’m planning on having a slack off day and playing some GTAV. I’m trying to vary what I’m doing in my spare time a little. I think making time to do a little gaming instead of just diving into a TV show or movie.

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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.

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.

Good Morning, Sunday

I’ve had another slow week, but as it came to an end I started feeling more myself than I have done in quite a few weeks. Thursday evening I was feeling a lot better and when I woke up Friday I actually felt energised.

So since then I’ve typed up my notes and order for my FanFiction piece. I’ve got a lot of organising to do with this project. I’m going to put it all into a Scrivener file and see what I need to add to connect the scenes together. I think I’ve got a good foundation, and a lot of what I need to be doing is connecting those scenes and expanding some of the scenes I’ve already written.

I have done some more outlining work on a zombie piece, but I’ve got to the point where I’m not sure what else I need to add to the outline that will be useful, so I’ve not done any work on it for a few days and see if anything shakes loose while I’m working on other pieces.

These last few weeks, okay more like two months now, I haven’t written a single word of fiction. As I said at the start of the post, I’m finally beginning to feel like myself again, and I don’t think I’d realised how unwell I was feeling. It was nothing major, but I think it was just a combination of loosing my Grandad at the end of January and some minor, albeit painful health problems. The last few months I’ve just not been myself. I do think how I crashed and burned on the Penal Earth rewrite I was working on at the start of the year hasn’t helped. About this time last week I thought about writing a short story, just a few thousand words, but I need to get some words down. Now I’m feeling pretty good again I’m going to try and get something done in the next couple of days. I’d just like to get some fresh words written, it’s been far too long since I have done that.

Owen is working his way through The Space Watch, I haven’t had any in-depth feedback so far, aside from a technical query, but I’m not expecting anything too detailed until he’s finished and we sit down and have a look at his notes.

I did finally get a Patreon going, and I’ve supported some podcasters and writers I’ve been following for a few years now. I’m a strong believer in supporting creative people, especially in this day and age when it seems like the arts aren’t being taken seriously, and I’m in a position where I can put a little bit of cash to people I like and respect.

Hopefully this coming week I’ll start moving forward again.

Slow But Steady

As the title of this posts suggests, I’m making slow but steady progress with my main WIP. Some day’s I’ll add a few hundred words, other days it’ll be closer to seven or eight hundred words, with the odd thousand word day one here or there. Generally, I’m happy where the story is going but I’m feeling a little detached from the bigger story as a whole at the moment. I think part of that is where I’m bridging two parts of the story and once I’ve done that I think I’ll feel much more happy with the story. It is moving nicely though and I’m happy with my progress on it, although I am trying to pick up my pace with it a little.

With the various outlining I’m doing I’ve put them on hold until I’ve spoken to Owen. Almost all of the outlining that I’m doing is related to our story universe that we’ve created.

I am still working on this piece of FanFic that I am writing, this is actually becoming one of the easiest stories I’ve ever worked on. The words are flowing so easily it’s almost not even funny. I can see where this novel is going, where book two goes, and book three. I’m really hoping this’ll help me with my own fiction; just in character details alone I’ve learnt more working on this then I have done any other piece of fiction I’ve worked on.

Right, now I’m going to shut down for the night and watch a couple of movies.

 

A State Of Play Post

I’ve not blogged much recently because I want to move away from posts where I’m just updating how my writing is going. Instead I may do a post like that once a week or so, and try to focus on posts where I’m putting more thought into them talk about the things that interest and excite me.

To the writing though; I’m making steady but slow progress on my WIP, last years NaNoWriMo novel. I’m in a position where I’m editing but I’m re-writing a lot and adding some totally new sections as I go. I’m still finding my tone a little with it in places but I think it’s getting there now.

I am working on a chapter by chapter outline of the Project Delphi re-write, although I feel like I’ve hit a little bit of a bump in that. So Owen’s going to have a look and hopefully point me back on track. I will need to have a good look at the treatment for it as well and see if that shakes anything loose.

I am working on my first piece of FanFic as well. This is something I’ve not really done before but am really enjoying it. I know it’ll probably never see the light of day but I’ve learnt a lot about writing, in particular structure and character motivations. It’s really shown me that I need to do more work developing my own characters and their motivations.

Right, that’s all for now. I’m off out to be social in a short while. Tomorrow though I’m aiming for a productive morning of work.