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.  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!

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.

Looking To 2015

I’ll just mention my words from the last two days. Yesterday I managed 933 but it was a struggle, today I’ve gotten 1321 words done and it felt a lot easier and much lees of a struggle.

Now, to what I’d like to achieve this coming year. I think my first priority is to get Earth, After Liberation and it’s sequel, Oppression, finished. I’m 33,000 words into the Earth, After Liberation re-write. I’d like to say I’m half-way through it but my 60,000 word target is a soft one and very flexible as the story will be as long as it needs to be. With Oppression I’ve all but decided to re-write it as well. I think it’s pretty good but I’m going to need to change a lot so it fits into the world I’m building with Earth, After Liberation. I could go and retro-fit it all but I’ve tried to do that before and it really doesn’t work for me, I’m finding re-writing is a much more efficient way for me to work. Now, depending on how the second book comes out in the re-write will decide on whether I make this into a trilogy or not. That was my original plan but as I was trying to get words for the 50k that is NaNoWriMo I found the story came to an end. Now if I can work the re-write out so that I have between 45,000-60,000 words without wrapping up the details then I’ll look to write a third, and final book that focuses on these core characters. I’ll only do that though if I have enough story for a third book, I’m not going to write three books with these characters just so I can say it’s a trilogy.

Earth, After Liberation should hopefully be done by February, hopefully. Then I’m tempted to jump straight into the re-write of Oppression. Owen and I were hoping to start the re-write of Project Apollo on February 1st but I’ve got a feeling that may not be a realistic ambition. Apollo is a big and complicated story and I’m not sure we can outline two thirds of the story in a month.

Owen and I have talked about more stories in this universe and I think we’ll be writing a few synopsis’ for these so we can make sure they tie in together when and where we need them too.

Another goal for the early part of this year is to get my vampire collection tidied up. I’ve had one Beta Reader’s notes back. Another is still looking at it, and i have one other person I really want to look at it, but they’ve just moved house and got their hands full getting settled in. I’ve got a date in mind that I want to release it, but again, thats a soft target. This collection has been five years in the making, holding it off a little longer isn’t going to make much difference to the book.

Brainstorming of The Residents is pretty thorough at the moment, and I think the next stage will be to start working on a timeline. There’s a few things that we’re waiting to sort out before that, but the story is looking pretty good 😉 I’d like to write more about what we’ve got planned, but that’ll be spoiling it 😛

I’ve got a zombie novella that I’d like to write this year as well. I’m thinking it’ll be about 30,000 word or so. I’ll write that for NaNoWriMo if I don’t write that third book I mentioned earlier in the post. The zombie story is roughly thought out but needs outlining and character work. The story is quite simply but the rest of the setting needs building up some before I make a start. If I don’t write it for NaNo I’ll try and squeeze it in at some stage.

Getting a few short stories written and submitted is also a goal for the year, but those will be more of a back burner item. I want to focus on getting some longer pieces completed.

There it is, my rough goals for the year. I deliberately didn’t mention much about publications. I am hoping to have my vampire collection out this year, I’d like to think Earth, After Liberation and Oppression will be close to being ready too, but I’ve made promises to self-publish before now and I’ve failed in those promises. Before I even think about announcing any dates, I’m going to have the story in mind edited, cover art done and formatted. So I’m not rushing to get everything together in a time frame.

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:)

Making The Right Playlist

Something that I’ve heard a lot of writers talk about, is writing a scene with a specific album or playlist in the background and although I’ve had music playing when I’ve been writing I’ve never felt that it affected my mood enough to be shown in my writing, until I was writing a short story for my vampire series and my iTunes library was on shuffle, and it settled on Alone I Break by Korn and it fitted what the story’s protagonist was going through; so I went to the start of the album, their greatest hits, and it did make quite a noticeable difference. While I was listening to it the character was going through a life changing period and the intensity of Korn’s music just seems to sink in and add to the dramatic events I was putting the character through.

When I get a minute I’m going to load up a few more albums and selected songs from my cd collection and sort of some playlists for different emotional states and use them as I’m writing. As I’m going to be editing in the next couple of days I’ll just through a cd into the mini player and have it as background noise.

Steady Progress

I’ve had a some-what productive week. I wrote about 950 words on tuesday night, only to throw them away the next day but I’ve got another two stories edited for my vampire collection and I’m writing another; this is one of the ones that I am having to write from scratch. I originally set a 3500 word target for the is one but I’ve upped that to 6000 and I’m currently at about 4500 and writing kind of blind now. I really hadn’t expected this story to go in this direction. One character in particular has been introduced and she’s not acting how I was expecting her to. I’d figure she’d be a nasty, yet charming character, but instead she’s coming across as a proper sweetie pie.

 

I’d like to think that this one will be done tomorrow so I can move onto the next story on Monday (although I have the dentist on Monday evening so I may not be inn any fit state to do anything!) this is the fifth story I’m working on, but it’ the fourth in the timeline. The next one to do is one of my favourite stories I have written; so I’m kind of looking forward to looking over that one again and tweaking it where it needs it.

This week has been quite demanding. The day job has been a little more demanding, which isn’t normally an issue but I’ve had a couple of bad days with hay fever which has knocked it out of me a touch. I have got a lot of work done this week and thanks to my Kent NaNo group I’ve found  a lot of motivation through them which I cannot be any more grateful for.

That’s it for now; I’m going to shut the iMac down and watch the England match.

Another One Bites The Dust

I’ve now red penned all but two of my vampire short stories, and damn I’ve got a lot of work to do to get them where I want them. It is a little daunting but it’s also very exciting. I’m reading through and finding some proper little gems in these and I’m being reminded about some of the characters I’ve created. It’s almost like meeting up with old friends after being apart for too long.

To get this series to the stage I want to be at I’ve got to write at least five, maybe six more stories. Which means I can get stuck into a couple of the story lines that I’ve had in mind from when I first started writing these which I’d kind of forgot about.

Most of these I wrote a good three years ago and longer, and I can see where I’ve improved but that does mean I’ve got to go back and do a lot of tidying up. Even once I’ve made the changes on the digital files I think I’m still going to have to go through and do a major read through and go over every single line I’ve written in this series to make sure I’ve not left too many silly mistakes in them.
The stories and the characters I am very happy with, I think I need to fix the odd detail and story element, some dialogue too. Most of what needs work is the grammar, wording and making sure the sentences make sense.

I’m actually enjoying the process a lot if I’m honest; it’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that about editing.