23rd Of May, 2023

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

I’ve had a bit more of a slower day, today. The last couple of days have been busy work wise so I’ve not had a whole lotta time to write but I did get some words written and some edited today. I also had a bit of inspiration hit for a non-fiction post I’ve started on today.

Short and sweet today, I’m beat and have another early start tomorrow. So have an awesome evening all!

Good Morning Sunday 21st of May 2023

Just a quick post this morning. I’ve written 171 and edited 4321 on War Child today. The week did fizzle out a little, like it so often does. So What I’ve got to find a way to not do that in the future. If I can’t then I think I’ll just front load my week with my writing targets.

Overall the week was a productive one. I started a new short story and made progress with War Child. The short story has hit a little bit of a stumbling block but I think I can push through it.

A picture from yesterday as I was writing

Right, I’ve got to get ready for work. Have an awesome day folks!

17-5-23 – Flash Post

Good evening, folks! how are we all doing? I’ve written 1744 words over two project today. About 1300 on War Child, and 400 or so on a new short story.

Just a short post tonight folks, I’ve got another early tomorrow. I am super happy with todays words though. War Child is moving slowly but in the right direction, and it’s always good to start another short story.

16th of May 2023

Good evening folks, how are we doing tonight?

Today I’ve written 531 on War Child. I didn’t have a lot of time to write today so I’m happy with that. Yesterday I wrote 1162, and edited 4309 on War Child. So two very productive days.

One thing I did yesterday was sit down and work out a few of the bits I need to write for this story that I haven’t covered at all. This isn’t something new for me. I’ve done it a few times where I’ve gone back and written a scene and then inserted it into the story. What I’ve noticed is when I’m doing this, and not just when I’m writing a scene to add it, I’ll write from the central point I want to make. I’ll jump straight in and start the scene with no building up to it. It’s like starting The Lord Of The Rings trilogy with The Two Towers. Not a lot of context. So I need to learn how to build up to these scenes. One thing I’ve done today is start the scene with another plot thread of the story, and then I’ll merge it into the plot point I’ve set out to. I’m hoping this’ll give it a little more depth while also making it feel more organic.

That’s the hope anyway.

Right folks, have an awesome one!

12th of May 2023

Howdy, folks! I hope everyone has had a good week. Mine has been okay but a little manic at times. My plan for the week has gone a little out of the window a little. I’m going to map out next week on Monday and look to see where this week changed paths.

Today though I have written 529 words on the short story, and it’s almost done! I was working on it during my break at work but ran out of time before I could wrap it up.

Once I finished work I had a couple of errands to run and by the time I got home and got bits and pieces done I was passed knackered. So I haven’t got to working on the ending of this story. I know what I want to do with it, so come Sunday evening or Monday morning I’ll hopefully be able to wrap it up.

I am at ten thousand words for the month, I’m quite happy with that. I think I can step up over the next couple of weeks. I’d love to be at 20k at the end of the month, but primarily I want to have the short story written, edited, and ready to send out to any submissions I feel it’ll fit. I’d like to have made noticeable progress with War Child. I still think it’s going to take a long time to get this book one done. I know I need to get it right, if it takes time it takes time. It just needs to be as right as I can make it.

This was the other day, I didn’t write 4179 words but pasted in a scene I wrote a few weeks ago and added about 400-500 words on the day.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie. If I can choose one. Have a great weekend, folks!

9th of May 2023

Good evening folks. I’ve written 836 words on War Child and 737 on the short story I’ve been working on today.

I finished work early and did a spring clean in my office before getting words done. I did get some words on the short story during my break at work but have done more tonight. I feel a little lazy as I think I should have done more words, but I passed my target by fifty percent. So it’s not a failure. Especially considering I spring cleaned my primary writing space. It wasn’t a dump, but a deep clean changes the energy of the space, makes it feel refreshed and makes me want to be in there more.

Callie waiting for me to be distracted so she could try and squeeze out the small gap of the open window.

As for the words today, I feel a little unsure of them, especially those of the short story. I’m not sure it’s authentic, but I’m going to leave it in until I get to the editing phase of my process.

I’ve got a somewhat busy day tomorrow, but I’m still going to have time to get some words wrangled.

8th of May 2023 – Building A Structure

Howdy folks, I hope everyones week has started well. I had a good start with work and when I got home I got some words wrangled and did some gaming before dinner.

I managed to scrap a few words during my break as well on a short story but not many. All in all I wrote about 1300 words today give or take. I’m particularly happy with one section where I took a scene that was kind of filler and gave it some depth while building up a subplot for the early part of the book.

I’ve tried to map out what I want to achieve this week on a desk planner. This is something I’ve tried and failed at before but I’m hoping with the changes in life I’ve made and what I’ve learnt will help me make the most of it.

So far this month I’ve 7137 words, I’m trying to figure out what my targets should be and make sure they’re realistic. At the moment I’m working off a rough target of twenty thousand words a month, but I think I should be pushing to have that a minimum goal rather than a target to aim for.

None of the three cats were very helpful today….

I know writing before work, during my break, and when I get home works for me. So why not push and make that my routine and try and focus on building from that? I’ve looked at my work rota for this week, as well as non-writing bits and pieces I need to be doing. As well as time with family etcetera. I’ve worked out my daily targets from looking at what else I have each day. Thursday for example; I’m working 11am through till 6pm. A somewhat unusual shift for me which doesn’t leave much time before work (unless I actually get up at a decent time!) to write. So I think my words will be written during my break and a few after. I do feel like I’m low-balling that number, but I’m also looking responsibly. If I hit target for the other five days of the week (I’ve got my little one at the weekend so I won’t be writing then) then I’ll have 4500 words for the week.

The problem I’ve had in the past is when life throws a curveball I have a habit of loosing momentum with writing, when that’s the time I need to be writing the most. Not only is it good for my mental health to be writing but keeping that habit of writing each day will keep some structure in life. Even if it’s just writing during a break or when I have a spare moment, it’s still writing.

Sunday 7th of May 2023

Howdy folks! How are we all doing tonight? I hope everyone has had a great weekend.

I’ve had a couple of days off from writing, I wasn’t well yesterday no slept most the day after finishing work. And Friday I had my little one and then errands to run.

Today I got cracking nice and early and got 1409 of War Child written. I was aiming for 1000 words and I was about 600 words in by 11am and when I next looked at just after midday I saw I was past the fourteen hundred mark and decided to call it a day as I had a lot around the house to do.

It’s kind of that steady progress, working through one scene after another until I’m happy with them. It’s a little bit editing and a big bit rewriting to include details to build the world. Sometimes I find trying to insert details into a scene can make it feel forced and I don’t want that. I want it to feel as smooth and organic as possible. This story, War Child, is the most complicated story I’ve ever attempted. I think I can do it, but it’s going to take a little time. I need to get some sort of plan of how I’m going to get this done from start to finish. Book one through to book whatever.

I think I need to be working on other projects while I’m doing it though. I need a little variation in what I’m doing. It’ll probably be short stories I’ll be working on but it’s still something where there isn’t the pressure of War Child. I can have a little fun with them. Also, not for nothing, getting short stories finished will serve as a good morale boost. I find it can be a little monotonous working on one big project at a time.

This coming week has a lot of potential and I’m hoping I can tap into it.

5th of May, 2023

Good evening, folks! How are we all?

Writing has been okay this week, this is the first day of the month that I haven’t written. I’m very close to 4500 words for the month so far, which I’m super happy with. I’m aiming to keep this momentum going.

I’m going to try and achieve this by seeing to it I write a little bit each day. I remember Paul E. Cooley saying that’s daily target was (not sure if it still is) 250 words a day. This is because writing 250 words is relatively easy. Even if I’m not in the mood, I can get the words out. Even if I hate them and rework them the next day, it’s still words written. But what if those 250 words are passed and you’re at 1000 before you realise it? I don’t know about other writers, but there have been days where I was only going to write the 250 words, but I’ve got into a flow and I’ve knock out 1000 plus words before I know what’s going on.

So the hope is I’ll do more of the later than the former.

Right, have an awesome weekend folks!


Tuesday 2nd of May, 2023

Good evening folks, I’ve written a total of 1120 words today on two different projects. 758 on War Child, and 362 on a new short story.

I wish I could tap this energy I’ve got at the moment better. over 3500 words in two days? That should be a regular occurrence, not just when I’ve got butt in gear. It needs to become a habit, but defeating my own brain is a war that is still ongoing. I’m winning battles, using the lessons from each one to better fight the next.

I was lurking on Armand Rosamilia’s Twitch livestream yesterday and he was working on a short story and it struck me that I have worked on one short story in the last few months. An idea popped into my head and I started it last night and am currently at 510 words on it. I’m not expecting it to be a long story, and I already know how it’s going to end. I am a little worried the ending will be a bit predictable but I’ll see how it goes.

It’s a good start to the month, I’m going to try and keep it up.