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
Lots of lessons learned this week - not least that Weeknotes is an excellent way to track progress. This is because, by the time Monday came around again, and I was compiling my notes to post, I had completely forgotten everything I had done and learned earlier in the week!Read more
I’ve been a bit all over the place this week, finding it difficult to settle to anything, and not feeling as if what I’ve been doing is particularly worthwhile. Still, recording it all for Weeknotes shows me that I am getting things done, even if it doesn’t feel like it.Read more
Someone my husband, Dave, knows started a project called Weeknotes, whereby he puts together a summary of what he’s done at work each week and posts it online. Other people have started to do it too, and I wanted to join in. I wasn’t overly enthused about compiling Weeknotes for my day job, but I thought it might be fun to do it for my writing, so here goes...Read more
Yesterday, I experienced a profound sense of accomplishment.
The four-month writing period of the Six Month Novel Programme is coming to an end, and I actually finished writing the last scene of my current draft about three weeks ago. That felt pretty great, not least because it happened on a writing date with a friend who was also there when I finished my first draft of the novel nearly two years ago.Read more
Last weekend, a few friends and I went to Felixstowe Book Festival. This was my third event of this kind, and probably my favourite so far. NAWG Fest in September last year was an intensive two days of excellent workshops, with a couple of author talks thrown in. Tremendous fun, but very tiring. Chipping Norton Literary Festival, in May, was all author panels, which I found very interesting, but didn’t spark my creative muscles. So, I was glad to discover that Felixstowe had a range of different sessions on offer, including both panels and workshops. I signed up for several of both, and thought the combination worked really well.Read more
I didn’t write anything all last week. Then, I had a tiring, somewhat stressful but ultimately enjoyable weekend away at a gaming event, getting home later last night than planned. And I’d completely forgotten about my dentist appointment this morning. All I wanted to do with the rest of today was sit on the sofa and watch TV. But I had a writing date scheduled with a writer friend this afternoon, so I duly made my way to Brick Lane to meet her.Read more