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Posted on 02 December 2019 10:39

Summary:

Much improved in terms of actual writing done and feeling productive this week, largely due to the support and encouragement of TL;DR Writers!

 

Monday:

After errands in Enfield in the morning, I took myself off to Good and Proper to try and get in a decent stretch of writing before meeting Dave for dinner and the theatre.

I recently joined the TL;DR Writers who have an active and supportive Slack community, so I checked in yesterday with my intentions for the week, and then again this morning to connect with other writers who were also trying to get stuff done today.

I started out with the most important and least appealing project, which was making drafting progress on Beneath the Tree. I have a full scene plan and the whole story in my head, so there was no excuse for not being able to write some of it. I gave myself the target of writing the next two scenes before I was allowed to have lunch. I actually broke for lunch partway through the second scene but did complete it afterwards.

Then I moved on to my Scribophile critiques on Broken Succession. I amended the bits that were easily changed as I went through, and also made notes on bigger edits to be tackled at a later date.

I looked at my editing notes for Colours but it all felt too overwhelming to launch into that, though I did clarify a few first steps to act on later in the week.

Then I started a book that Charlie and Amie from the Six Month Novel Programme sent me, about creating emotional resonance in fiction.

 

Tuesday:

Back to the staple weeknotes entry - I wrote a review!

 

Wednesday:

I completed a new scene for Beneath the Tree and did some Scribophile critiques.

 

Thursday:

I spent the afternoon at Picturehouse Central and completed two more scenes of Beneath the Tree. I also wrote a review.

 

Friday:

I wrote another review.

 

Posted on 24 November 2019 22:11

Summary:

I’ve recorded this week as seven straight writing days, but I’m not sure any of them really count as that, as I’ve only done blog posts, admin and reviews. But I’m recording it that way anyway and vowing to do better next week!

 

Monday:

I found out I’d won a writing competition I entered back in September, with a comedy science-fiction story, written to a specific prompt in a 48-hour window - so that was very satisfying!

I also helped Bear with his post about our latest reading retreat.

 

Tuesday:

I did some scheduling and planning.

 

Wednesday:

I caught up on some reviews.

 

Thursday:

I reviewed the books I read on reading retreat over the weekend.

 

Friday:

More reviews!

 

Saturday:

I did a ton of submissions and tracked and chased a few that have had no response.

I also created a plotting spreadsheet for Beneath the Tree to record the scene plan and track my progress.

Dave and I recorded the next main episode for the podcast and I edited it.

 

Sunday:

I wrote yet another review.

 

Posted on 18 November 2019 17:52

Summary:

Yikes! My writing week apparently dropped off a cliff after two days...

 

Monday:

I got an acceptance for a drabble I submitted recently for an anthology, so I submitted another one to hopefully increase my contribution to three.

I also updated my script for the next main podcast episode.

 

Tuesday:

I went in to Picturehouse Central early, before meeting a friend for lunch. I wrote a couple of reviews and then did some more Scribophile critiques.

 

Posted on 11 November 2019 14:48

Summary:

No writing at all until Thursday, but then I made up for it with four great writing days in a row. Dedicated writing time away from home is always good for me.

 

Thursday:

Big plans for my writing session with Ann.

I started out with a couple of reviews, then wrote my GYWO discussion post for the month. It was a good topic, so I then expanded the post into a possible article for Writing Magazine, before turning back to another planned article and working to bring that one up to the desired word count as well.

I also put together a clear and comprehensive list of all the things I want to work on during my self-directed writing retreat over the weekend and used some Urban Writers Retreat worksheets to schedule my available time.

Then I went through this month’s Writing Magazine and added relevant submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet.

There’s a fantasy story I wrote nearly three years ago and have sent out multiple times for publication. It got shortlisted for an anthology once, it got actually accepted for an online zine once (but I subsequently heard nothing further), and the full manuscript was requested by a magazine based on the first 500 words. So, I knew it was good, despite it never actually seeing the light of day. But, today, on its fifteenth submission, it’s been accepted for a themed anthology. Here’s hoping this is really its moment!

 

Friday:

I made my way to an Airbnb in Maidstone after work, in an effort to focus my mind on writing, rather than being distracted by domestic stuff at home.

By the time I’d had dinner and watched a bit of TV, I was actually raring to get started, so I worked on the scene list for Beneath the Tree for a bit, then broke out my coloured notecards and transferred all the planned scenes onto those. Then I played around with the order until I’d got something that worked.

 

Saturday:

I started early by going through Amie’s developmental edit of Colours and making copious notes about all the bits that need work. Then I addressed all the little specific one-liner amendments.

Next on the schedule was Broken Succession, a short story I started a while ago, which I decided to work on for an upcoming submission opportunity. The structure and arc came together in my head as I was writing the next scene, which was very pleasing.

After lunch, I put fingers to keyboard and actually started writing Beneath the Tree, based on my scene card structure from the night before. I really didn’t feel like it, but I had booked a weekend away specifically to make progress on this story, and I had a schedule to stick to, so I forced myself to get on with it. It was tough going, but I got over 600 words down in an hour and felt pretty good about them overall.

According to the schedule I was then due to come up with ideas for a new short piece for an upcoming submission opportunity, but I thought of an old story that might work, so dug it out and gave it a polish instead.

During the evening, I received publication acceptance for a short story I submitted a while ago, so I reviewed the proofs and sent back confirmation.

 

Sunday:

I ignored the planned schedule this morning and spent a couple of hours completing the first draft of Broken Succession, which gave me quite a sense of achievement. I posted it on Scribophile for feedback.

Later, instead of more writing, I did a couple of Scribophile critiques to get my points back up.

In the evening, I wrote a bit more of Beneath the Tree, then wrote a blog post about my retreat experience.

I also heard from a print magazine that they’re going to print one of my favourite flash fiction pieces in their next edition.

 

Posted on 03 November 2019 20:45

Summary:

Mostly a break from podcasting this week and progress on the novella. Still just in the planning stages, though, and some further concerted effort required to really get it off the ground. But all progress is good progress and the idea is definitely percolating.

 

Monday:

Amie from the Six Month Novel Programme sent me her editorial comments on Colours, which were both very encouraging and also gave me lots to think about. Luckily, Amie thinks it should be eminently possible for me to deepen and lengthen the story into a proper novel, which is great but also means a lot of work ahead. I read through the notes and set them to percolate in the back of my mind.

 

Tuesday:

I met Hannah after work and we knuckled down to some proper writing for a change! 

I completed the rest of the Six Month Novel boot camp workbooks for Beneath The Tree, which is starting to feel as if it might really become a thing now.

 

Wednesday:

I met Ann for a morning writing session and expanded my plan and outline for Beneath The Tree. I also worked on another article to submit to Writing Magazine and went over my script for the next interim podcast episode.

Later, when I got home, I recorded and edited the interim podcast episode.

 

Thursday:

I wrote a couple of reviews.

 

Saturday:

I finished another book and wrote the review.

 

Posted on 27 October 2019 17:10

Summary:

Some good progress on my novella project, but then the rest of the week was eaten by the podcast again. However, now that’s live and on a regular posting schedule, I should have more time (hopefully) to dedicate to other projects.

 

Monday:

I planned my day to maximise my writing output, heading out to a cafe first thing to put in 2.5 hours of concerted effort before an appointment at the doctor. This fulfilled almost all of my criteria for a successful writing session - out of the flat, with a decent walk either side and an appointment that would keep me from giving up early.

And it worked. I faffed around on the internet for a bit, then wrote a whole raft of reviews, before knuckling down to work on Beneath The Tree. Using the Six Month Novel Programme boot camp materials, I made lots of notes on the characters and had an epiphany about how the story should end, which in turn gave me a basic outline for the whole thing. Huzzah! Still have to actually write it, though - but my path is looking a lot clearer now.

Then I took a break and typed up all the outstanding notes from my current notebook.

 

Thursday:

I wrote my script for the next podcast episode.

 

Friday:

I wrote a couple of reviews.

 

Saturday:

I started off with one of my least favourite writing activities - formatting and submitting. I cleared my list, submitting seven pieces to various places.

I wrote my script for the next interim podcast episode.

 

Sunday:

I edited the podcast episode we recorded yesterday and helped Dave with all the remaining bits and pieces to make the podcast live.

 

Posted on 20 October 2019 20:25

Summary:

Still not a huge amount of progress on the writing front, despite some scheduled sessions with other people. I’m really struggling to focus for long periods at the moment.

 

Monday:

I watched a film and wrote notes both for a fanfiction challenge and the podcast.

I then wrote my fanfiction for the Space Swap Space Race and my script for the podcast episode.

I caught up on reviews from over the weekend.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work for a writing session and did some planning for upcoming submission opportunities.

I also wrote a review of the audiobook I finished earlier in the day.

Hannah and I talked about how unfocused we’ve been recently and how our sessions (when they actually happen) mostly just involve chatting about writing and not actually doing any. Previously, this hasn’t been so much of a problem for me because I usually have upwards of an hour to work on stuff before she arrives. But for a couple of the recent ones, I’ve actually cancelled on her and last night I just ate dinner and read my book before we got there. So, we planned ahead for all the sessions we can do between now and the end of November, and made a promise to each other that we’d try harder on supporting each other on the writing front.

 

Thursday:

Today was a writing session with Ann, which is generally much more productive, as they are longer and we are definitely more focused. It also helps that they always take place on my day off so I haven’t had a whole day in the office beforehand.

So, I started off with this month’s GYWO discussion, then went through three old stories to edit them to fit upcoming submission opportunities.

I made some notes for a flash fiction competition and also for some more drabbles.

 

Sunday:

I helped Bear with his latest post.

 

Posted on 13 October 2019 20:39

Summary:

Not a lot of writing this week, despite a resolution to do more focused sessions. Ah well, there’s always next week!

 

Monday:

I was due to meet Geena at Picturehouse Central at 1pm so I went in early with the intention of really getting on with tons of writing stuff that’s been languishing for a while.

I started out by writing my script and compiling my notes for the third main podcast episode, to be recorded in the evening.

Then I lost all focus and didn’t actually achieve anything else. Hey ho.

 

Tuesday:

I edited the third main podcast episode, which we recorded the night before.

 

Wednesday:

I got confirmation that my latest two drabbles have been accepted by Black Hare Press, so I wrote a couple more and submitted them.

I also signed up for the Space Swap Flash Exchange.

 

Sunday:

I did some competition and magazine submissions.

 

Posted on 06 October 2019 16:01

Summary:

Still largely podcast-focused, but I think that’s fine, since it’s a new and exciting project that I’m absolutely loving. Lots of reviews as well, since I read 4 books in less than 48 hours at a family reading retreat over the weekend.

 

Monday:

I edited the second main episode of the podcast. I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy doing this, which is a really good thing as it’s probably the most time intensive part of the process and Dave’s not keen at all.

 

Wednesday:

I finalised the second main podcast episode, then recorded and edited the next interim one.

 

Thursday:

Today I took myself to Picturehouse Central for my first proper writing session in a while. I started out by rereading and expanding a very old story, which I haven’t managed to find a home for, despite positive feedback from a few places. It seemed to fit an upcoming submission opportunity but was a bit too short, so I decided to see if I could add a few words here and there and also improve it a bit as I went along.

Then I wrote a blog post about word count and how story ideas generally have a size and shape they fit into.

 

Sunday:

I caught up on my reviews after an excellent family reading retreat weekend.

 

Posted on 29 September 2019 20:15

Sunday:

I did a lot more writing than I expected while on holiday. I’m having lots of fun with drabbles, short fanfic and podcast stuff at the moment. Might need to start paying more attention to longer projects soon.

 

Tuesday:

Two new submission opportunities opened up for Black Hare Press drabble anthologies so I wrote and submitted an entry for each.

Then I went back to the first Six Month Novel Programme worksheet and started working on the graveyard ritual story (which is now called Beneath the Tree) with a view to developing it into a novella for another Black Hare Press publication call.

 

Wednesday:

I finished a book and wrote my review. I also wrote a ton of reviews for new games I played earlier in the week. During one of the longer games later in the day, I wrote another two drabbles for the open BHP calls.

 

Thursday:

I updated my submissions spreadsheet, found new opportunities for rejected offerings and tracked my outstanding submissions.

Then I typed up and edited yesterday’s drabbles.

 

Friday:

I wrote the last game review of the holiday. Then I watched the film selected for the second main podcast episode and wrote all my notes for the discussion.

 

Saturday:

I planned the recording and release schedule for the podcast through to the end of the year.

I helped Stanley with his guest post on Bear’s journal.

I typed up my notes for the next main podcast episode.

 

Sunday:

I edited another old fanfic and posted it.

Dave and I recorded the second main podcast episode.

Finally, I wrote and submitted a Fandom Weekly entry.

 

Posted on 23 September 2019 09:05

Summary:

An unexpectedly productive week, which became more so as the days went by. I was especially pleased by a publication acceptance I received on Friday and the fact that I wrote a whole story in one day.

 

Monday:

I recorded another interim podcast and then edited it. My recording is already improving and it took about half the time to edit compared to the previous one, so I think I’ve levelled up on that skill too!

 

Tuesday:

I wrote and submitted an entry for this month’s Press 53 competition.

Then I wrote part of the script for the next interim podcast episode.

Later, I wrote a review of an audiobook.

 

Thursday:

I finished a very interesting book and wrote my review.

 

Friday:

I discovered that Black Hare Press has an open submission for dark speculative novellas (20-40k words) and I had an epiphany that I could develop the short story I’ve been trying to write for about three years. I think the problem I’ve been having is that it has too much to it for a short story, but it’s not really deep enough for a novel, so this seems like a perfect opportunity. I also had the idea of changing the POV character, which instantly made it feel a lot more interesting, so I made some notes and planned to work on it during my upcoming holiday.

I also got an email from the editor of Writing Magazine, saying they now have space for the article I submitted at the start of the year and that it will appear in the November issue, which is very exciting indeed!

I wrote and submitted an entry for Fandom Weekly.

Lastly, I checked for the release of the criteria for the Toasted Cheese Three Cheers and a Tiger short story competition, which requires a sci-fi or fantasy story of under 5000 words on a specified theme, to be written in less than 48 hours. I set my subconscious crew the task of coming up with an idea overnight.

 

Saturday:

The subconscious crew outdid themselves. At 7am, my brain presented me with the start of a story to fit the TCAAT requirements so I got up to write it down before I forgot it. I would perhaps have preferred a bit more sleep on the first night of my holiday, but I’m not really complaining. By the end of the afternoon, I had completed a first draft of the whole story.

 

Sunday:

I worked on my third interim podcast episode script.

I edited the TCAAT story, with help from Dave’s feedback, and submitted it.

I also finished another book and wrote my review.

 

Posted on 15 September 2019 17:48

Summary:

Tons of really fun, exciting and productive work on the podcast this week. After the initial difficulties we had, we’ve now got the equipment and the expertise to produce actual episodes and I can’t wait until we’re ready to release them.

 

Monday:

I started off by writing an entry for the current Fandom Weekly competition.

I did some submissions and some more vampire editing.

I also finally started the Neil Gaiman Masterclass Dave bought me three months ago and completed the first two lessons.

I did a test recording of an interim podcast episode, which allowed me to determine the digital recording doohickey we’ve bought should be fine, but that my current plan for the interim episodes doesn’t include enough content so I’ll have to expand them. I subsequently worked on my first two scripts and made plans for media to revisit for future episodes.

 

Tuesday:

I added to my first interim podcast episode script and did another test recording.

 

Wednesday:

I did a ton more editing on the vampire novel, and also completed my GYWO discussion post for the month.

 

Thursday:

I finished another book and wrote a review of it.

 

Friday:

I edited the first podcast interim episode, added the intro and outro music and tweaked it until I was happy with the sound quality overall. I was very pleased with this evening’s work, as it was fun and produced something I’d be content to release into the world, which is encouraging for the main show.

 

Saturday:

I finished editing the vampire novel and sent all my comments back to its author..

I also edited the first ever Harry Potter fanfic I wrote (over fifteen years ago) and posted it.

Dave and I had tremendous fun recording the first main podcast episode and than I had even more fun editing it and adding the music. So now we have two whole episodes ready to go, which is exciting, and we’re both really looking forward to doing more. It looks like the podcast is actually going to be a thing!

 

Sunday:

I wrote and posted an entry for Fandom Weekly and did some more podcast planning.

 

Posted on 08 September 2019 21:25

Summary:

Mostly little bits and pieces this week, though activities did include a fair amount of organising and planning of bigger projects.

 

Monday:

I did some reorganising of my writing projects, to fit upcoming submission opportunities. I also typed up all the notes from my current notebook and read some more of Steal Like An Artist.

I finished my latest book and wrote my review, and also did some more editing of the YA vampire novel someone sent me.

 

Tuesday:

I wrote two interim episodes for the podcast and completed my entry for the Black Hare Press September drabble competition. 

 

Wednesday:

I finished my current audiobook and wrote the review. Then I amended the first chapter of Colours based on comments from my editor.

 

Thursday:

I did a ton more editing on the YA vampire novel.

 

Saturday:

I wrote a lengthy review of an audiobook I didn’t finish.

 

Sunday:

On getting up, I decided I couldn’t be bothered with anything productive today, but then I pulled my blessings and got Persistence, Swiftness and Strength. So, with less than four hours to go before the deadline, I wrote and submitted an entry for this month’s AWC Furious Fiction competition.

 

Posted on 01 September 2019 20:12

Summary:

My awesome motivation levels and resulting productivity have taken a nose-dive this week, But that’s okay. I’m enjoying spending more time on reviews and I’m doing a lot of editing work for other people, which makes an interesting change.

 

Monday:

After ignoring Colours for weeks, I finally got around to editing the first chapter, ready to submit for the conclusion of the Six Month Novel Programme at the weekend.

I finished another book and wrote my review.

 

Wednesday:

And I finished yet another book and wrote my review.

 

Thursday:

I met Ann in our usual spot and did some organising of lists and calendars, then did a Scribophile critique and a couple of reviews.

Someone I met on Scribophile sent me his YA novel to look at last week and I started editing it over the weekend - and it’s really good! So I carried on editing that for a bit.

Then I went back to my Succession brainstorming notes and did some more thinking about the story, before making a start on the first draft. The subconscious crew came through like champions and my vague outline started to take proper shape.

I finished up the session by starting Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, for the current round of GYWO Book Club.

Later in the day, I wrote reviews of a couple of TV shows I've been enjoying recently, and also a book I failed to finish.

 

Sunday:

I helped Bear with is fourth and final Norway post, and submitted the edited first chapter of Colours as the completion of the Six Month Novel Programme.

I did some more editing on both the novels I’ve agreed to review - one on Scribophile and one not.

 

Posted on 26 August 2019 09:03

Summary:

Lots of reviews, rather than actual fiction writing, but at least I’m doing proper, in-depth reviews rather than only a couple of lines. I realised part of the problem was that I was trying to avoid spoilers, so I’ve given up on that now and find I have a lot more to say about stuff.

 

Monday:

I arranged to meet a friend at Good & Proper for lunch and went in early to work on writing stuff beforehand. I brainstormed ideas for an upcoming anthology I want to submit to, using both my fantasy images grid and my story ideas tarot deck. I also did one of my Six Month Novel Programme reader reviews of another writer’s antagonist introduction.

After I got home, I wrote a review of the book I finished on the train.

 

Thursday:

I finished an audiobook and a text book and wrote reviews of them both.

 

Friday:

I watched a documentary and wrote a review for it.

 

Saturday:

I finished another book and wrote my review, and then helped Bear with his third post about Norway.

 

Sunday:

I did some more in depth reviews, one for yesterday’s trip to the ballet and a set for a novella/manga/movie. This brought my completed books to eight in less than two weeks!

I went through my Scribophile critiques for the Prince’s Curse and submitted it for the anthology I wrote it for.

 

Posted on 18 August 2019 17:44

Summary:

Second seven-day writing week in a row - apparently, I’m turning into Stephen King! I completely disagree with his view that you have to write every day to be a “proper” writer, but I’ll go along with my brain’s enthusiasm if that’s what it actually wants to do!

 

Monday:

I went to a highly entertaining Write For Your Life session, run by the lovely Claire. The theme for the evening was sleep and we counted sheep, explored our attitudes towards sleeping, and wrote a letter to our pillow. It was lots of fun and a great way to play around with writing.

 

Tuesday:

I met Hannah after work and started my space opera version of Snow White for an upcoming anthology submission.

 

Wednesday:

I sandwiched a writing session at Picturehouse Central between an osteopathy session and a gaming session. I wrote this month’s GYWO discussion, then finished the first draft of my Snow White story and sent it to Dave for feedback. I ended my session with another drabble for this month's Black Hare Press competition. 

 

Thursday:

I met Ann at Cafe Piazza and spent some time updating and consolidating my projects list. Then I wrote a blog post about developing a podcast. I wrote a couple of reviews and did some critiquing on Scribophile with a view to posting one of my recent stories for feedback. Then I edited an existing story I’ve been trying to get published for some time, so that it would fit the word count of an upcoming competition it’s really well suited for.

After I got home, I watched the first assigned piece of media for the podcast and wrote copious notes for the first episode.

 

Friday:

I did a ton of submissions and also typed up all my notes for the first podcast episode.

 

Saturday:

Dave and I worked on developing the podcast, I did a review and also helped Bear with his second post about Norway.

I also did another couple of critiques on Scribophile and posted a story for feedback once I had enough points.

 

Sunday:

I did some more Scribophile critiquing, posted my antagonist introduction scene to Six Month Novel Programme, and did another couple of submissions.

 

Posted on 11 August 2019 17:14

Summary:

Another week where I wasn’t planning on doing much writing, but I ended up doing at least something every day, so my brain is obviously firing on all cylinders!

 

Monday:

I brainstormed a couple of new stories a bit more and looked up an old Hour of Writes entry that could serve as the basis for something longer to fit a submission opportunity.

 

Tuesday:

I did research for both a podcast Dave and I are thinking of doing, and also for an upcoming short story submission.

 

Wednesday:

I came up with a great idea for an upcoming submission opportunity during the night so I wrote extensive notes.

I also wrote some drabbles for a different publication than the usual one.

 

Thursday:

I wrote the script for the podcast Dave and I are developing.

 

Friday:

I wrote some reviews.

 

Saturday:

I tweaked and typed up the proposed script for the podcast.

 

Sunday:

I helped Bear with his first Norway post, reviewed a film and also did some submissions.

 

Posted on 04 August 2019 21:06

Summary:

 

Still feeling more enthused about writing than I expected. Still enjoying getting back to new short pieces after all the time spent on both novels.

 

Monday:

 

I used a tried and tested method of getting some writing done today. I booked a doctor’s appointment at 9:15am and a cinema ticket for 2:20pm and settled myself in a cafe to fill the time in between.

 

I did another Black Hare Press drabble submission, then amended an existing story for a Writing Magazine competition before heading back to drabble land for a different prompt.

 

There’s a story I wrote a while ago, which I love and which got accepted for publication over a year ago. But correspondence with the editor is sporadic and vague. I’ve received and accepted edits, and seen the cover art for the magazine issue with my name listed as a contributor. But I haven’t had a contract, nor have I been paid, nor have I been told the publication schedule. And there’s an upcoming submission opportunity that this story would be perfect for. So, I’ve been thinking about removing it from the first publication and submitting it to the second instead. This morning, though, I had a brainwave - I can very easily take the essential elements but completely rewrite the story without too much effort. I’m going to gender flip it, change the setting and alter a few salient details, to make a whole new story, which means I can keep hoping the first publication will come into being, but still have something to submit to the second, which will better suit their requirements. So I made some notes on my plan.

 

Tuesday:

 

I wrote some reviews.

 

Wednesday:

 

I met Hannah after work and wrote a couple more drabbles. I’m really enjoying these - perhaps a welcome palate cleanser after all the work on the novels so far this year - and I appear to be quite good at them.

 

Then I started the story rewrite for the upcoming submission. I completed a first pass.

 

Sunday:

 

I told Dave about an upcoming submission opportunity and we brainstormed some ideas.





Posted on 28 July 2019 17:05

Summary:

First draft of second novel(la) done! And major progress on a story I’ve been trying to write for about three years. So very happy with my writing this week.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work, cracked on with Colours and completed the final three scenes to get to the end of the first draft! It’s now a whole thing! Short, but still a thing. And a thing I can now do stuff with. Hurrah!

 

Saturday:

I was going to take the rest of the week off, but I had booked a day’s writing with Out On The Page and didn’t want to cancel at short notice, so decided to go along anyway. It was good to meet other writers and chat about writing experiences. I also completed a pair of linked short stories for a submission opportunity I’d been thinking about, and it was good to get back to short stuff after focusing on the novels for so long.

I dug out an old story to fulfil my prompt for the J/D Ficathon and read through my WIP Big Bang story to ensure it all made sense. Then I wrote a few reviews.

After that, with the whole world of writing at my fingertips and no big projects or hideous deadlines, I went back to the Ritual story I’ve been messing around with for several years and just decided to put words on the page. I accepted it wasn’t going to be the way I envisaged it originally and just went for it, and wrote nearly 2000 words in just over any hour.

 

Sunday:

I posted my WIP Big Bang story. I’m pleased with this one as it’s something that’s been hanging around for a few years, so it was good to finally get it out into the light of day.

 

Posted on 21 July 2019 12:49

Summary:

Very much on the home stretch for the first draft of Colours. I’m looking forward to taking a break from huge projects and working on some smaller stuff for the rest of the year.

 

Monday:

 

I went into town early and ensconced myself at Picturehouse Central with the intention of getting back up to date with the Colours schedule before meeting a friend for lunch. After the subconscious crew had laid out the rest of the outline yesterday, this proved quite easy and I got the next three scenes done very quickly.

 

Tuesday:

 

I went to a useful and informative London Writers' Cafe workshop about showing and telling. 

 

Wednesday:

 

I wrote a review of the film I went to see on Monday. 

 

Thursday:

 

Morning stint at Kahaila on Brick Lane today with Ann.

 

I launched straight into Colours with the idea of getting that out of the way so I could then turn to other things. I bashed out the next three scenes to get back on schedule again. I hit the 50,000 words mark and now only have four more scenes to go!

 

Then I wrote notes for my GYWO discussion post for the month, based on Tuesday’s show/tell workshop. I also brainstormed for an upcoming drabble submission.

 

Sunday:

 

I edited and uploaded my GYWO discussion post. I reviewed two books.

 

I also got an acceptance from an online magazine for one of my stories and recorded an audio version of it to go alongside the published text.