Good Afternoon Sunday

This last week hasn’t been too bad when it comes to words written, a couple of thousand words or so at a guess (I have got the numbers somewhere, but not close to hand). I’ve dropped my rough daily word count target to 500 words a day. I think aiming for the 1000 words a day was a little too much for me. It’s all good and well doing NaNo once a year but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be doing that. 500 a day is very doable.

I’ve also felt a little more disciplined this last week while writing. I’ve been writing during my lunch breaks at work and then doing a bit more in the evenings. Writing longhand is slower for me but I’m enjoying the process a lot more this way (I am looking forward to getting this draft typed up once it’s done though).

Discipline is something I need to work on, I’m far too easily distracted (yes, mainly by the internet) but I’ve been trying to turn off a little more lately. One thing I have noticed; I get easily distracted when I’ve come to a part of the story which I get stuck with. Like today, I’ve come to a point in the story where I’m not really sure what to do next. So instead of scrolling through Facebook and Twitter I’ve decided to bore you all with this blog post 😀 But I’m also going to work on a little short story I’ve been thinking of writing. It’s one that takes place in the same universe as Project Apollo and will probably not be read by anyone other than Owen. Should be a fun story to write though 😉 

Now I’m off to watch a bit of football, and maybe get a start on this short story 🙂

Making A Start

Yesterday I made a start on the first edit pass of Earth, After Liberation; I didn’t get a great start and I started again today after having gotten four chapters done yesterday. Today I struggled to get going but after about two hours I was finally feeling like I was rolling. I’d set myself of having the first ten chapters done and I hit that target. I will admit that I’m finding this hard going, theres a lot of work that needs to be done to get this into shape and when I have this amount of work to do it starts to sap at my confidence in not only the work but in myself too. Then I kick myself up the arse and realise that it’s all part of the process. I write Earth, After Liberation during NaNoWriMo last year so it’s going to be a little disjointed here and there.

I’d like to have this edit pass done by October which should be quite easy (especially as I should have some time off work next month).

I did do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on saturday, for some reason I couldn’t up load the video directly to this post(I’m pretty sure it was operator error) but if you go to my Facebook or Twitter then you can see it there, the links are on the right-hand side of the screen.



Making Time To Write

I often hear people say they would love to write but they do not have the time to do so, I used to think that a little but as I heard writers on podcasts say that if you want to write then you will find the time. They are all totally right!

Let’s assume that most of us new writers have day jobs (I do) so that’s, let’s say eight hours a day. I suppose we need to sleep so let’s say that’s another six hours. Let’s say four hours for all the little bits and pieces like house work, cooking, eating and so on. That leaves six hours a day to write. Result! 😀

I know what your thinking “what a load of [insert curse word of choice]”

There is no way that we can break the numbers down like that but let me ask you; how many hours a week do we give up to TV, or surfing the web? Or on Facebook or Google+ or Twitter, blogging even. Okay we can argue that social media is building our brands but how often do we pop over thinking “I wonder what’s happening” and most often nothing has changed since we last checked it. How about the time that we spend on video games as well? And lets not forget partners, kids and other family and friends. This is just some of the distractions that come to mind that distract me and I am the worst in the world for getting dis….. Ooo Audi R8………. Sorry where was I? Oh yes getting distracted. That is something I have to work on because I DO get so much done when I turn off the TV and ignore those pesky notifications.

I also write during my lunch breaks at work, sometimes I write in the mornings before I get to work as well. I have the Pages App on my iPhone so I have the ability to write whenever I want, saying that I also carry a pen and notepad with me the majority of the time. I write whilst standing in cue at the post office or the doctors, the dentist (that ones a good distraction as I’m petrified of the dentists!).

The biggest reason we don’t write is because we think we don’t have the time, if you only manage to write a thousand words a week that’s still 52,000 words a year, but if you are writing regularly it won’t just be a thousand words a week because the more we do something the better we get at it. You will find that if you write two hundred words an hour when you first start off then by the time you’ve been writing regularly you’ll find it’ll be four hundred, then six hundred.

Try to write everyday. I’ve spoken about WriteChain before, the App that gives you a link each day that you write, well on this
App you can set a minimum word count, I’ve set mine at a hundred words, that’s a piece of cake for me but if you start off with a hundred words a day minimum you’ll find that you will be smashing that easily and if you want to up it then go for it but all the time you’re writing you keep adding to your chain, and it feels great seeing that number growing (although I forgot to add a days writing into it once and lost a chain that was about thirty days long, I was gutted!)

So turn off any unwanted distractions and get cracking, if you don’t start writing then no one else is going to start writing your books for you. If you want to write just write.

(This post should have gone live about a year ago but for some unknown reason it did not, my bad because at the end of the day I forgot about it. Since then I have learnt a lot about writing and what the worlds distractions are and how to avoid them)


Time For A Rant: Shares & Re-Tweets

If any of you follow me on Twitter, or have ‘Liked’ my Facebook page you may have noticed that I share and Re-Tweet a lot of things. I do this because I either find something amusing, interesting or its to promote a writer I like or a book I like. Now some of the books I promote I probably haven’t read but I may have a lot of time for the author. This I will always do and I don’t do it for any other reason then I like to share these things, and if its a book, or a film or a writer I like I will scream it from the roof tops. I’m not expecting anything in return, I do this because I like to share the things that I find entreating. When its a fellow writer I’m even more keen to share their work because in a lot of cases they are Indie authors who I have gotten to know and they are awesome people.

If you are wondering why I am writing all this It is because I had a message via Twitter saying that I do this too much. The funny thing is the person that sent me the message has been someone whose work I’ve Re-Tweeted from time to time. When I pointed this out they un-followed me. Am I going to stop? no, not a chance. If I believe in something I talk about it, if people don’t like it I really don’t care. It’s not like I’m aggressively giving these shout outs like me invites on Facebook (Don’t get me started).


Okay Rant over 🙂


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A Couple Of Shout Outs

Hey Guys and Gals, I just wanted to give a couple of by quick shout outs before I settle down and watch the end of this movie I’m watching.

The first is for The Hollywood Outsider podcast –

This is a movie and TV podcast hosted by four guys, Aaron, Brian, Justin and Scott and each week they deliver spoiler free reviews of the current movies and TV series as well as talking about what’s in the news.
I love this one because these four blokes give honest opinions and they don’t bull sh*t the listener. It’s honest and very lighthearted.

The second is a shout out for another podcast called Tweep Nation

This one is two women, Amber and Dionne talking about everything from Twitter to writing to Possums. This is an awesome show that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Amber Jerome Norrgard ( and Dionne Lister ( have so much fun on this show that I laugh out loud with them and their guests. Both are indie writers and its very inspirational listening to them I have learnt a lot about writing. I’ve gone back to the first episode and I’m enjoying and looking forward to listening to all of the episodes 🙂

Please consider checking these two great podcasts out, they are both on iTunes and are free to download and listen to. They are definitely worth checking out 🙂


Good Morning Sunday

This coming week I am removing all the silly little distractions that I put in front of myself. I’m my own worst enemy with these little things if I’m bluntly honest. I’ve got next to no attention span which doesn’t help and I need to find my focus again.

I amextremely excited about the projects that I have around me at the moment, Chrystalyn sent me something for The Residents in the week which had me all but bouncing around the showroom at work. I’ve got an email from Owen which I’ve been waiting for to read which I’ll be doing later tonight. That will put us in a good place for when we sit down on the 8th to thrash out the final details of Project Apollo.

Both Project Apollo and The Residents are demanding that I push my writing abilities. I’m working with two great writers which in itself is exciting and I need to step up my game. I know I can do it, it is in me. There have been times when I have written things and I’ve thought Wow! And the few people that have read my work have been favourable with their comments so the only thing I have to defeat is me, and I’m not talking about my dyspraxia here. I’m talking about how easily I am distracted, so if anyone who follows me on Twitter, or ‘Likes’ me on Facebook (links to the right of the screen) and you see me active on there in the evenings feel free to tell to sod off and do some writing.


A Quick Update

Most of the last week I have been fighting an irritating cold. Nothing serious but when I do get a cold it gives me a fuzzy head and doing anything creative is thrown out of the window. This annoys me because I had a little momentum going from last week and that’s just gone out of the window. I’m past the worst now so ill be back on creating soon. Probably after the easter break as I seem to have a lot on this weekend.
A lot of today has been spent trying to get a blog post written or a little bit of fiction done but that was not happening so most of it has been spent on Facebook, Twitter and over here at WordPress and watching a lot of TV!

So have you seen that Amazon have brought Goodreads, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing just yet. I’m willing to wait and see how it all plays out. Tobias Buckell wrote a very interesting post about it, here’s the link

I’m going to change how often I write my Movie Monday posts. They are not getting the response I was hoping for so I’m going to change it to a monthly post as opposed to a weekly one.

If you’d like to Follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook you can find the links on the right hand side of the page 🙂

To end tonight’s post I would like to say a few words in the memory of British actor Richard Griffiths. He passed away last night and I, like many around the world, will miss seeing him on our screens. I remember him mainly from the TV series Pie In The Sky and the movie The History Boys. Mr. Griffiths was an outstanding actor who also came across as a intelligent and good person as well.

R.I.P. Richard Griffiths

Todays Update

NaNoWriMo is not going to be a success for me this year I don’t think.  I have too much on my plate to give it my full focus at the moment.  What with The Space Watch in the pipeline and a couple of things in my personal life that are taking my attention NaNo has fallen by the wayside. I’m still going to keep at my NaNo project but not with as much determination.

I really need to get a little structure into my writing week.  I have monday through to friday evenings to write.  I get home from work about 6:30pm and once I’ve had dinner tidied myself up it’s normally just gone 7pm.  Now I want to be able to start winding down at about 9pm so that gives me about two hours each night to work on my fiction.  As I said I am going to crack on with NaNo, so Monday and Tuesday nights I am going to write, Thursdays and Fridays I am going to edit.  Wednesdays will be catching up on blogs and searching for artists or looking up e-book formatting tips and so forth. This routine is not set in stone, but I do want to be cracking out work in the evenings.  I have a lot I want to get out in the next year so getting into this routine is vital I think.  I am playing around a little with how I write as well but I’ll fill you in on that later.

If you did want to Buddy me on NaNoWriMo then I’m PeterJReaper over there.

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Where Was I?

I have had a couple of rough days, nothing to drastic in the grand scale of things but I’ve had a little bit of stress to get through and a couple of nights with little sleep.  So I’ve been running on empty for the last couple of days, but I’m feeling like me again now 😀  That said I’ve not done any editing whatsoever so come tomorrow I’ll be knocking out a few pages and getting rolling again.

Me and Tracie went and saw The Sweeny on Sunday and we both really enjoyed it.  I would not say that it is the same as the original 1970’s version but it is a damn good crack at how that sort of unit would act in this day and age.  Ray Winstone never gives anything but his best in films and plays Jack Reagan very well  and Ben Drew (A.K.A Rapper Plan B) is very impressive as  George Carter.  With Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis and Steven Macintosh we have a strong main cast and the support cast hold their own too.  This is a very good film with plenty of edge and some great dialogue.  It does have its weak points but only one really pulled me out of the film, one minute they are in Gravesend and the next they are in a caravan park on the Isle Of Sheppey.  It’s not really explained whether the car chase takes them from Gravesend to Sheppey or if it’s just the filmmakers saying there is a caravan park like that in Gravesend (I just want to point out that I was born, raised and still live in Gravesend which is a forty minute drive to Sheppey) so I know the area quite well.  That aside it’s a film that is a lot of fun 🙂

That does lead into something that needs to be thought about as a writer.  I have often heard other writers on podcasts say that the location details have to be spot on because there is always a chance that someone reading your book or watching your film lives just down the road from where you are setting your story.  That can take the person out of the story and worst case scenario put your book etc. down and never look at anything else that you do.  The part that sucks for all of us starving artists is that we can’t always afford to travel to the places that we write about.  So how do we go into learning about foreign lands without going there.  Let’s say that I am writing a story set in New York the first thing that I would do is Google New York and check out what is said on Wikipedia and follow on from there.  I would also get in touch with a couple of people who I know have been to New York and ask them what they thought of the city.  Then there is Twitter where I’m sure there is someone tweeting and blogging about everyday life in that fine city.  Then there is Google maps and street view.  Obviously not every location on earth has had the attention that New York has had but then it is just a case of digging deeper.

Something that I need to improve in myself is doing all this research.  We can never know enough about a city, or a culture or technology we may talk about, but we also have to be wary of over loading the reader.  I could clock up countless hours doing this research and only use 10% of what I have learnt but knowing all the details makes the story real.  This goes for making sure that our locations are accurate too.


My Twitter!

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a long time but it was only after reading a posts by Kristen Lamb (I reblogged it earlier in the evening) that has reminded me to gets this one done. Twitter is an amazing place to go and play. I have met some amazing people on there and there are so many people that I can learn a great deal from but. When I joined Twitter I had no idea how to really use it so I found myself following so many people I lost track and all these good people that I should be striking up conversations with pass me by because I’ve been swept away by the tide of crap that makes up my Twitter feed. So I’ve started to unfollow a lot of people whom I have never swapped a tweet with or who literally just throw up link after link after link. I have people on my Twitter that post lots of links but that is not all they post. These fine people put up random Tweets about their day or their views on a movie or what’s happening in politics or something. That opens the door to striking up conversations and building connections and even friendships. I don’t tweet half as often as I should but once I’ve cleared away much of the rubbish I will find the more people I want to be talking too and be able to use twitter how I want rouse it. So if I unfollow you in the next few weeks don’t take it personally 🙂