Good Morning, Good Sunday! 16/4/17

Good morning! Well, it’s another Sunday morning, the dog is snoring at my feet, and the cat is nowhere to be seen (probably stretched out on a bed somewhere). I can hear the birds singing in the garden but that is all the sound I can hear right now. I live in a rural area and this time of the morning on a Sunday is quite often very peaceful (as I said that a car went pelting up the road at a silly speed). Anyway, this last week has felt somewhat slow, writing wise. I’ve not written a huge amount of words but I have written everyday and have averaged about 300 words a day (I’m not including yesterdays words in that). So I’m pretty chuffed with that. It’s felt like an odd week where I haven’t got much work done, but I was quite pleased when I saw that I’d done that much this week.

This last week has seemed to have gone by in a flash, but aside from Wednesday when I had a Write-In, I’ve not had an especially busy one outside of the day job. That said though, I only really had Monday and Tuesday night’s to write. I did do a few words at the Write-In, but not many. My brother and his family have just moved house, so on Thursday night I helped him move a lovely sofa they have, which wasn’t easy but we got it out the old house and into the new one. That took a bit of doing. And then on Friday we moved the bulk of his furniture. So Thursday and Friday I didn’t get a lot written, but I wasn’t expecting to because of helping my brother out. Last night I just flaked out, but I did write 600+ words in the morning before I went to work.

This week I’ve got today to get some work done, and tomorrow is a bonus day. As it’s Easter Monday we get a Bank Holiday (same with Good Friday), so no day job. I’d like to have put a big dent into my FanFic piece. I’ve barely touched that this week and would like to make some serious progress with it. ย The majority of the work I’ve done this week has been on the short story I’ve been playing with. It’s over 3000 words now and I like a lot of it, although I’m not sure about how strong it is. It’s a story in Owen and my Assembly universe and at worst it’s a great character piece which is letting me flesh out a character we’ve got plans for in the future, and at best something we’ll put out one day, probably in a collection.

I am thinking through to NaNoWriMo a little. I know November is a long way off but it’ll be with us sooner than we know, and I’m seriously considering writing the zombie piece I’ve just done the primary outline for. I’m thinking of this story because I always assume I’m going to be able to do more than I can during a year. It’s about seven months till November and I’m not sure we’ll be able to get The Space Watch locked down by then, I’m also going to try and submit to some anthologies this year so I’d like a little time to be writing for them as well. I’ve also got one Assembly story I’m working on the outline for, and I’d like to get another couple of outlines done for next year. I’m also thinking like this as a way to start planning what I’m writing. I’ve tried to do that a couple of times but it doesn’t play out like that. Partly because I wasn’t outlining at all, or anywhere close to the depth of outline that I need to have. So, if I decide to do this zombie story for NaNo this year then I know I’ve got over six months to spend more time on the outline, I don’t think I need that amount of time but I’ll know what I’m doing and what time frames I’ve got to work with.

Having that amount of time will also give me time to work on any submission calls I come across, as well as some short stories I want to work on in addition to outlining and planning future pieces.

I’d love to be smashing out a thousand words a day and writing where the wind takes me, but I’ve been doing that for many years and it’s not working for me. I’m hoping this steadier, more prepared, approach will prove fruitful.

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Snoring like a steam train!

It’s Almost NaNoWriMo Time!

NaNoWriMo has, in a way, crept up on me this year. I was hoping to be more prepared for it at the start of the year but there has been a number of contributing factors that have just spun this year off track. Some of it has been me allowing myself to become distracted and to loose focus. Some of it has been outside my, or anyones, control. I think I realised this was sort of happening a fair few months ago because I decided that I would type up my FanFiction piece I wrote earlier in the year for NaNo as a fall back if I needed it.

I have got The Space Watch on the go, I’m guessing I’m about a third of the way through that at the moment, but I’m waiting for Owen to get back to me on what I’ve done so far. So, it’s this FanFic piece that I’m going to be working on.

I have got a couple of ideas in my head for pieces I want to write in the near future. Stories that I am very excited by, but that I want to put some more time into working on before I dive in and get writing. I love doing NaNo, but I’ve found that I can’t just go in blindly like I did last year and on previous occasions. I need to have some kind of outline (although not a detailed chapter by chapter one) and I need to have characters and the setting thought out a little more than I have done in the past.

I’ve completed NaNoWriMo twice in my five attempts, and I’m determined to complete it again this year. I know some writers crap on NaNoWriMo, with the most common reason for their distaste being that for a real writer NaNoWriMo is every month. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing. I bet theres more than a few writers who have done NaNo and realised that not only can they write that many words a month, but they can complete a coherent story.

I need NaNoWriMo this year for many reasons. I’m not going to be able to get to as many Write-Ins as I’d like, I’ve had to miss my regions Launch party already, and I know there are going to be days where I really struggle with finding the time to get the 1667 words a day done. So on the good days I’ll push myself to get more than I need done, I’ll make sure I jump in with sprints on my local group on Facebook. If there are none running, I’ll give a shout out and see if anyone wants to join one.

My family have had a lot of hurdles these last few months, and I’m still expecting a few more to come. Despite that, I’m going to complete NaNoWriMo this year. I’m going to make it three completions on the spin. I’m someone who believes you don’t have to hit the 50k of NaNo to be a winner, as long as you try and are writing then you’re a winner. But this year, for me personally, I need to hit that 50k.

It’s Coming….NaNoWriMo 2014!

It’s almost that time of year folks, that time of year where writers across the globe all try to hit that magical 50k by the end of November and this year I am absolutely determined to hit the 50k. I don’t view not hitting it as loosing because words were written and thats always a good thing. This year though I am GOING to do it! Last year I got just over 42k and this year I’ve become quite active in my local NaNo group on Facebook and not only have I found a group of friendly and welcoming people I’ve made friends. This group is great for waving the pom poms and cheering each other on and I feel blessed that I live in this area and have found them.

 

Am I ready for NaNoWriMo 2014? Hell no! lol But I have an idea, I know how it starts, how its ends and the fuzzy bit in the middle is becoming a little clearer each day. As time goes by I do think I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer but something I’ve learnt from brainstorming with both Chrystalyn and Owen is that having the background details thought out can help and what I’m going to be writing this year is the second book in a trilogy that I’m planning. The first story is what I wrote for NaNo 2013, Earth, After Liberation. I may have mentioned it a few times ๐Ÿ˜‰ And guess what, if all goes to plan the final instalment will be written during NaNoWriMo 2015!

 

So I am more confident this year, I have a week off from work booked so I can put in a few more hours into this and I haven’t got a weekend away or anything which’ll mean I’m not travelling for two whole days, bonus!

 

Are you doing NaNoWriMo 2014? Are you ready?

Good Morning

Last night I managed to get the fifth chapter of Earth, After Liberation done. I had to all but re-write it but I’m a lot happier with how it is now. It actually felt good getting stuck into it last night. This last month has been a bit of a write off when it comes to writing; I’ve barely done anything and when I have done some work it’s been like pulling teeth but last night it all came much easier, more natural.
I think part of it was seeing my local Kent NaNo group getting excited for the upcoming NaNoWriMo. I’ve been quite active in it since becoming single back in March and it’s been a great little support network and I’ve met some great people the. I knew from what other members had said though that some people only go there for NaNo and I’ve noticed an uprise in people posting and joint in with comments etc. and yesterday a few of these people were talking about how excited they were getting and I think this enthusiasm rubbed off on me. I was planning to write till 9pm last night but ended up writing till about 9:30 as I wanted to get the chapter done.
I’d like to say I’m going to do a chapter a day but when I’ve set myself goals in the past like this I’ve failed miserable so I’m going to take it easy and get done what I can when I can.

Getting Moving

This month has probably been my least productive month of the year, definitely since March. I’m not sure if my lack of motivation is due to non-writing elements of my life or because it’s a case theres a lot of work I need to do on Earth, After Liberation (I’m fairly sure I’m going to have to all but re-write the second two thirds of the story) but whatever the reason I haven’t done much recently. Today I’ve tried to get back into it again a little. I’ve finished reading the first section of the book and I’ve started making the edits I’ve noted down. I’ve decided to break the story into three parts for the editing process. This is because I think the story will break down into these sections better and I’ll be able to focus on them and make them stronger.

I’m hoping to have this draft done before NaNoWriMo starts because I’ll be working on Earth, After Liberation’s sequel, and I’d like at least two weeks to work on planning that before NaNo starts.

 

I did feel pretty good over last weekend and the start of this week as I worked with Cat and Lynx Raven for interview (scroll down my homepage to find it). I really enjoyed thinking up the questions and then putting it all together. Cat and Lynx are amazing people and I’m really pleased with how well it all went.

 

Now I’m off to get two more chapters worth of changes made. I’ve red-penned up to chapter seventeen and I’ve made the changes on the first three chapters so far, so if I can get the the first five done then I’ll be happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Frustrations

I’ve now broken up thirty chapters of Earth, After Liberation and hopefully I’ll get another ten done tomorrow but we’ll have to wait and see. This is actually a little demoralising as I’d hoped to be getting stuck into the edit of this but its in such a mess that just doing an edit isn’t worth it with getting it all broken up and figuring out what needs to be expanded upon, what needs cutting and what needs to be just tweaked.

I am kicking myself if I’m honest. This needed to have been sorted out long ago, I should have gotten into it in January and not looking at it now to try and fix it so I’m ready to write the sequel for NaNo this year. As the story isn’t changing I can still get the sequel done for NaNo but I can’t guarantee this will be done by November.

As I was sprinting with my local NaNo Facebook group I found myself jealous of the fact I’m not getting words written, and I mean big chunks of words and not just edit ones. That’ll have to wait for either November and NaNoWriMo or when Chrystalyn and I get going on The Residents, whichever comes first.

I’m now done for the evening; I’m going to flake out for a little while before going to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and I have the day job to go to and then I’ll be working on Earth, After Liberation again.

Ready, Set, GO!

It’s sunday, which for me now means writing. I’d like to have this short story I’m working on done today and I’d like to have started researching a blog post article I’ve been thinking about writing for a while. I will also play a bit of Mario Kart and watch some more of Game of Thrones series one, but those two are a more likely for this evening.

Today is about productive creativity. I’ve got Monday and Tuesday off this week but aside from a Write-In with my Kent NaNo group I’m not expecting to get more words written then I’d normally would, I’m actually going to chill out. I’m meeting my sister tomorrow after the Write-In and on tuesday after a visits to the dentist I’m off to the cinema to hopefully finally see Edge of Tomorrow.

But before all that, I have words that need to be expelled from my mind at hopefully a decent and healthy rate.

What Ever you’re all doing today, I hope its all fun:)