The plan was all there. I spent a month brainstorming, outlining and cogitating. I felt excited about the story, and confident that I could make it good. I booked a writing retreat in the middle of nowhere for the first weekend in December, ready to crack on with the first draft of the new novel.Read more
Another week where sticking to scheduled writing time has produced excellent results. As ever, it’s not about being in the right frame of mind, it’s about sitting down and just getting the words out onto the page. But why is that so hard, when it’s what I really want to do?Read more
Lots of time spent on writing projects this week, but not much in the way of actual writing. Planning, brainstorming, editing, and typing up notes are all really important things that need to be done, but it never feels like I’m making much progress when I spend time doing them.Read more
I’m at an Urban Writers Retreat day today, which is usually an excellent way to get tons of stuff done. And I have a long list of things I could be doing. But I’ve already finished the three main ones I wanted to complete (all of which turned out to be quite simple and quick) and I’m not sure what I want to do next.Read more
On every day but Monday, I intended to go through some of my filled-up writing project notebooks and type up anything I want to keep or work on further. But I’ve been very low on sleep this week and found it impossible to motivate myself to do this, despite having plenty of time. I have subsequently felt very unproductive as the week has gone on, even though Monday was very good.Read more
No actual writing this week, as I was mostly away on a group gaming holiday and decided to take a break. I could have done some over the weekend, when I was free and at home, but I had a three-day headache and not enough sleep, so I gave myself a pass and mostly just watched TV.
However, this episode is not entirely empty, as other people were working on writing projects on my behalf, and I received several communications from them that were of interest.Read more