1st Of April 2019

Last night after I wrote yesterdays blog post I put together a list of targets for the week. I thought it out and come up with what I thought was doable in seven days. Here’s the list:

Firstly, yes my hand writing is that bad! But I can just about read it and sometimes writing something down like this implants it into my head better than just thinking it.

When I wrote this I knew it would change during the course of the seven days and it took till all of midday for it to change. The cinema which was a maybe is a no, but on Thursday I’ve got coffee with two other writers.

That’s not a big change to having this list ticked off by the end of the week though. I got a good start as well. Today I’ve written almost 900 words and edited almost half of the zombie story. I’d like to have it done tomorrow but we’ll see. I’m still setting aside three days for it. If I get it done in two then I’ll just bump up starting the CS1 edit.

So, a good start. Lets keep it going!

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31st Of March 2019 (Time To Step Up)

Today I have written 535 words(I had the day off as it’s my parents 40th wedding anniversary) and overall for March I have written 14463 words for the month. Closer to the 20k, but not close enough. I have been lazy, damn lazy. Yes I’ve done a lot of editing but I could have still fit in more words.

This week I am looking to step up a little. 500 words a day. That I can easily achieve between before work and lunch breaks. I’ve pulled up another partly written story to work on as well as the vampire stuff. I do find I’m better when wriring multiple stories at a time. I get stuck on one, I can switch straight to another one.

In the evenings I’ll get caught up on editing. I’ve got my final notes on my mini zombie collection and get started on the first edit pass of CS1. If I can get the zombie collection done and ready for Beta readers, and the first edit pass of CS1 done by this time next week I’ll be a happy man.

 

Choppy sea at Leysdown today.

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Now, I’m off to bed. Busy week coming up.

 

29th of March 2019

Good evening! Only 412 words today, while yesterday in about the same timeframe I wrote over 900.

But anyway, a little slow at the moment. I am in a bit of rut that I’m working on getting out of. I like the direction I’m going with this vampire story now. I want to get back into working on two pieces at the same time though. I know what story I also want to work on and once this weekend is out of the way (I’ve got a lot going on this weekend so it’ll be a low word count weekend. Next week though, I’m going to try and schedule what I’m doing each day. At the moment I can easily write 500 words between before work and my lunch break. Then in the evenings get editing done. I’ve got my final changes on the zombie book to do, and begin the editing process on CS1.

So, a busy week ahead!

25th Of March 2019

I’ve written 602 words on the vampire collection, which is what I was getting stuck with yesterday.

I was worried about a plot point, which was the main motivation for the protagonist and that affected the pacing of the story. As I was laying in bed last night I had an idea that I think will fix the problems I’ve got. I spoke to my beta readers and they agreed with my idea and made a couple of suggestions. Now I’ve started the story again, and I’ve gone from hating it to being really excited by it. I can mine details from the last draft and hopefully I’ll have a stronger story at the end of the day.

That’s all for now folks, I am shattered so am off to bed. Have fun everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

24th of March 2019

I hit a bit of a road block on Tuesday. I felt I wasn’t writing in any real direction and I decided to take a break from all writing for a few days. I felt like I’d hit a bit of a wall and when I’d got to that point in the past I’d force myself to sit and write and not get anything done. So I took a few days off and wrote 1116 words, and the story its on just doesn’t work! This is the first story in a tied in anthology and its got to be right. It’s got to get the book off to a good start, gripping but I’m not feeling it. I’m going to think on it and try and plot out what I need to do to make it work.

I did (finally) get the zombie collection read through. I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve got to make the minor changes that I’ve found. I’ll try and get worked through those next week and see about getting it off to beta readers.

Raven sitting on the pages I’d read.

I am resigning myself to the fact that I am not going to be getting stuck into a first draft for a while. Even with a project I’ve got that will technically be a new book, I’ll be mining a lot of material that was cut from another book (this book is a sequel). This year is going to be an editing one for the whole. I’ve got pieces that I wrote during NaNo that I’ll be expanding on but it does feel like I’m going to be working on a lot of pieces that I’ve started but not finished. Resisting the urge to start on new pieces is going to be hard.

Right, I’m wrapping it there. Have a good one, folks ๐Ÿ™‚

15th of March 2019

Good evening all. I have written 517 words on the vampire book today, most of which during lunch. This evening I did a little more editing then writing as I want to change the direction the story was going. I did start on another project as well, but I’m knackered so I’m calling it a night.

Aside from the 1st and 2nd I’ve written everyday this month. I’m trying for a little consistency at the moment and slowly build up my productivity as I go.

I’ve felt a little lost this week with writing. I’ve had to right my course a little on both the project that I’m working on. I’ve let a lot of self-doubt creep in, okay a straight up crisis of confidence. Some of this is something I can’t address just yet, but might be a big change to my plans for the year. I have to wait on that one though.

I do think I’ve addressed one of the problems and I’ve began to try and change my mindset and method to compensate for that. I know this is part and parcel for many creatives, and it’s something I do get from time to time. But it’s the first time I’ve had this level of doubt in a while, and the first time I’ve doubted my plans for the year to eighteen months when it comes to writing.

At the moment it’s going to be a little waiting and seeing what plays out. Something I’ve learnt over the last few years is that sometimes its best to wait and see.

13th of March 2019

Just a quick little post tonight. I’ve written 945 words on a project that’s not even been close to being on my schedule for this year, but that’s talking to me so that’s what I’m writing. Tomorrow I’m going to finish the out loud read through of the zombie book and this weekend I think I’m going to focus on the project I’ve been working on today. That’s going to be another edit/rewrite.

I am also going to have a read through of what I’ve got of the vampire stuff as well. Try and find my bearings with that again.

That’s all for now folks, have a good one!