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Posted on 12 August 2018 19:36

Summary:

Lots of exciting stuff going on and deadlines to meet, but also plenty to time to work on projects.

 

Monday:

I went to a fun No Grammar Required session and did lots of interesting freewriting.

I also got an email from an independent publisher with lots of very positive feedback on Artisan, asking to see the whole manuscript, which is very exciting.

 

Tuesday:

I got a second reasonably positive rejection from a magazine, so I sent them a third story for their consideration.

I also went through the feedback on Artisan from the independent publisher, and made some notes on what I need to do in the next edit.

I finished off with a review.

 

Wednesday:

I went to meet Hannah in a cafe after work and launched into the new Artisan edit. I completed the first chapter and t went better than I had expected. It was fun to revisit the story, and not too taxing deciding where to implement the publisher’s feedback.

Then I went through the shortest of the stories I wrote on retreat last week and tweaked it to as perfect as I could make it, ready for submission.

Next was the middle-length story from last week, which received ten critiques on Scribophile. So I went through them all one by one, considering the comments and making changes to the story accordingly.

 

Friday:

I gave the middle-length story a final read-through and declared it ready for submission.

 

Saturday:

I started reading an article Dave sent me and made some notes for a possible blog post about it.

 

Sunday:

I finished reading the article and writing notes on it.

 

Posted on 05 August 2018 15:50

Summary:

Now, that’s more like it for a writing week! I wrote every day, completing over 9000 words in total, and achieving tons on new original projects. Hurrah! The only problem is, I have very little available writing time for the rest of the year, so it’s going to be tricky to keep momentum.

 

Monday:

I managed to write 500 words of Celestial Intern on the train down to Exeter, then nearly two thousand more on my first afternoon at Retreats For You in Sheepwash, Devon. I booked to come here some time ago, but the owner’s husband sadly died the week before so my retreat understandably got cancelled. The business is now under new ownership, so I was looking forward to giving it a try, as an alternative for when my other go-to writing retreat isn’t running.

So far, so good!

 

Tuesday:

Reasonably slow start today, but I was at my desk and continuing with Celestial Intern by 10am, after a very interesting discussion about writing with some of the others over breakfast.

I took a break between writing stints to do some critiques on Scribophile, as I need to build up points before I can post anything new there for feedback.

I finished the first draft of Celestial Intern by lunchtime, which was awesome. I think it’s only the second original short story I’ve written this year, so I was very happy to get it out onto the page.

I also completed enough Scribophile critiques to build up the points required to post both parts of my story.

 

Wednesday:

I posted Celestial Intern to Scribophile, and went through the new edition of Writing Magazine to add upcoming submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet.

Then I finally cracked on with the new POV strand of Colours, which has been swirling around my brain for months and refusing to come out. I managed four scenes before lunch, which is a third of the strand.

I did a few more Scribophile critiques in an effort to get my story into the spotlight more quickly and build up points for the next one.

I also typed up the remaining notes from the last notebook I finished.

I took a look at my potential upcoming submission deadlines, and inspiration struck for a competition, so I wrote a new short piece in response to that.

I spent some time scouting around for places to send my currently unassigned stories, and added these to the spreadsheet.

 

Thursday:

I carried on with Scribophile critiques - I’d forgotten how much work it is to get enough points to post and then get stories into the main spotlight for feedback.

I read all the information for a really interesting competition I discovered in Writing Magazine yesterday, then brainstormed some notes for my entry, based on an excellent idea my husband sent me last night.

Then I did a review of the book I finished yesterday.

After lunch, I carried on with the Colours POV strand, completing another four scenes.

Then I started, and actually finished, the first draft of the competition story. I had built up another five points on Scribophile throughout the day, so I posted it on there to get feedback after the Celestial Intern story had had its turn.

I finished off by going back to the never-ending Scribophile critiques.

 

Friday:

Last morning in Sheepwash so I got up early to make the most of my remaining time.

I started off by writing the last four scenes for the new POV strand in Colours, thus completing the second of the main projects I wanted to work on while on retreat (after Celestial Intern).

Then I did a couple more Scribophile critiques, as my story were still quite a long way from the spotlight.

I was incredibly pleased with my productivity while on retreat - the two main projects completed, and two whole new stories written, neither of which were even on my radar when I arrived on Monday!

 

Saturday:

Back home, but still enthused.

I wrote a review of another book I finished earlier in the week.

I also helped Bear post his account of the writing retreat, and wrote my own blog post about it.

 

Sunday:

I took it easy today and just wrote two reviews - one of a film and one of a book.

 

Posted on 29 July 2018 13:04

Summary:

Still mostly reviews and very little fiction writing, but some good planning progress ready for going on retreat next week.

 

Monday:

I reviewed a book I gave up reading yesterday.

 

Tuesday:

I got the best kind of rejection from a publisher today:

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider this one. After reading and discussing it, we've decided we can't use it at this time. Good luck placing it elsewhere. You write well. Not this one, but maybe your next one. Send us another story, please.”

Which means more than one person actually read my story; they seriously considered it; they think it’s good enough to be published, just not by them right now; but they also want to publish something I’ve written - which is all awesome.

So I sent them another story!

 

Thursday:

I wrote some more notes for the Celestial Intern story, both before and after having a really useful and awesome idea-generating chat with Geen about it.

 

Saturday:

I wrote a review of a film we went to see last night.

 

Sunday:

I reviewed the audiobook I finished listening to yesterday.

I also wrote a short poem for a GYWO prompt.

 

Posted on 22 July 2018 19:42

Summary:

Technically, lots of writing days, according to my tracker, but no actual creative writing in the true sense. However, I’ve got a retreat coming up, and a regular writing gig starting soon, so I’m feeling very good about my writing future.

 

Monday:

I went to No Grammar Required after work and really enjoyed chatting to Claire and Lisa about writing and life in general, and also completing the freewriting exercises throughout the session.

 

Tuesday:

I reviewed Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review of a short story anthology I finished earlier today.

 

Thursday:

I reviewed both the book and film versions of A Wrinkle in Time.

 

Sunday:

I wrote a review of a graphic novel I read last night.

I also had a very positive conversation with two of the editors at Etre, who have invited me to be one of the staff writers for their new quarterly print magazine. It’s an exciting project, and I’m looking forward to working with them on it.

 

Posted on 15 July 2018 13:08

Summary:

Little and often seems to be the trend for this week. I think I generally prefer having a couple of long sessions during the week and not worrying about it the rest of the time, but it’s good to know I can keep my momentum going, even when I don’t have a whole free day for a proper writing date.

 

Monday:

I went to No Grammar Required, a freewriting workshop run by a lovely lady named Claire. We wrote about pens and it was awesome.

 

Tuesday:

I did some research for this month’s GYWO discussion post about writing good description.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work and did some more to my WIP Big Bang story, as I realised the dog disappeared half way through, so I needed to track through the second half and insert him back in.

I wrote the first scene of the new POV strand in Colours and also wrote the first few sentences of the Celestial Intern story. So, at least I now have something to build on for both of those projects, which I’ve been struggling to get started with in the last few weeks.

 

Thursday:

I reviewed the current GYWO Book Club book and also the audiobook I finished today.

 

Friday:

I helped Bear post about joining in with today’s protest march against Trump.

 

Saturday:

I did a review of The Incredibles 2.

 

Sunday:

I attempted another home-based writing day, starting with a comprehensive list of everything I wanted to complete and in what order.

I started by drafting this month’s GYWO discussion post, ready to put it up next weekend.

Then I posted the completed WIP Big Bang story, ready to go live later in the month.

I moved on to editing an awesome piece of fiction my brother wrote recently. It didn’t need much work, and I hope to see more of it soon.

I concluded with a blog post about Monday’s freewriting meetup, which I plan to attend again tomorrow.

 

Posted on 08 July 2018 16:52

Summary:

I got a lot done this week, and worked on writing projects every day but Tuesday, which felt really good. Just because I’ve completed my 120 habit pledge for the year already, doesn’t mean I should stop working at my writing!

 

Monday:

Back to Wapping to enjoy the sunshine at The Turk’s Head with Ann.

I started off by adding another 150 words to my WIP Big Bang story. It ended up still technically 200 words too short, but I really don’t think it can take any more padding, and I suspect it’s close enough that the moderators won’t make an issue of it. Or at least I hope so!

Then I moved on to planning the new POV strand for Colours. It’s been months since I’ve even really thought about this story, so it was a bit daunting to launch back into it, but also exciting. I located my notes and read through them all, then started plotting out the scenes I need to thread through what I’ve already got. The structure of this project is already quite experimental, and the new POV is only going to add to that, so I hope it works.

My next task was to take an 850 word story and create two new versions - one at 1000 words and one at 700 words for two upcoming submission opportunities.

I edited another short story for a different submission opportunity.

I noodled around for a bit, checking for competition results and identifying new places to send a few other stories that had recently been rejected or revised.

I picked an upcoming submission opportunity I didn’t already have a story for, and used my tarot deck and fantasy picture grid to brainstorm ideas for something new.

I finished off the day by typing up some notes from my current notebook.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review of the book I finished yesterday.

 

Thursday:

I went to Le Pain Quotidien after work but discovered I’d left my Bluetooth keyboard on since Monday and it was dead, so had to revise my writing plan. I brainstormed the new short story (which was really successful and resulted in a full plot outline), then read some more of Bird by Bird.

 

Friday:

I wrote a review of the excellent audiobook I finished listening to today.

 

Saturday:

I added the latest submission opportunities from Writing Magazine to my rolling spreadsheet.

I also went through the latest feedback on Artisan and created a grid of contradictions.

 

Sunday:

I spent three hours completing fifteen submissions to publication opportunities and competition.

I also finally got round to watching the first part of the Writing the Other webinar on whether writers should write characters who are different to them, which was very interesting. I made some notes afterwards on the most important points.

 

Posted on 01 July 2018 21:45

Summary:

Getting back into the swing of things slowly, and very much enjoying not having any Artisan editing to do...

 

Monday:

Planned as my first full writing day post-Winchester, so I had a long list of things to work on. I met Ann and Baby R at the Turk’s Head in Wapping, and started by catching up on reviews.

Then I went back to the WIP Big Bang story, which hasn’t been getting much attention lately, and is the only thing on my list at the moment with a deadline - and that deadline is really looming! I added nearly 1500 words, which was very pleasing, though it’s still 500 words too short overall.

Deciding a week was enough space, I went through my notebook from Winchester and compiled all the feedback on my submission documents, while it was still relatively fresh in my mind.

 

Wednesday:

I collated some more Artisan feedback and scanned the opening chapter with all the annotations from one of the Winchester agents.

I also wrote a review of our next Family Book Club book.

 

Saturday:

I wrote a review of my latest audiobook and compiled my review stats for the first half of 2018.

I also completed my GYWO habit pledge for the year, as this was my 120th writing day of 2018! So, now I have to see if I can double it to hit the next pledge level of 240 days by the end of the year.

 

Posted on 24 June 2018 20:12

Summary:

Stripped back and streamlined. I mostly had a break from writing this week, but still managed a few bits and pieces along the way.

 

Monday:

I wrote a blog post about my experience at Winchester Writers’ Festival.

 

Tuesday:

I wrote a review of Ocean’s Eight.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review of Rough Music by Patrick Gale.

 

Friday:

I wrote a review of The Potion Room and Cutter and Squidge.

 

Sunday:

I put up a post on GYWO for people to share their writing successes.

 

Posted on 17 June 2018 15:32

Summary:

Anxious build-up to Winchester, followed by a fairly draining experience of the festival itself, and a re-evaluation of my writing priorities.

 

Monday:

I submitted seven short stories, pieces of flash fiction and poems for potential publication or to competitions. Very much not my favourite activity, but it’s the only way to get anywhere!

I also went through the new issue of Mslexia magazine and added more submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet, ready for when the ones mentioned above get rejected!

 

Wednesday:

I caught up on all my reviews from the last week.

 

Thursday:

Off to Winchester! Though all I did today was arrive, find my room, relax for a few hours and go to bed.

 

Friday:

First full day at Winchester. Interesting and useful workshop on the fantasy/sci-fi market, and two agent meetings, which provided mixed and contradictory feedback. I met some lovely people over dinner, though and also got an email to say that a print magazine wants to publish one of my short stories.

 

Saturday:

Great workshop on cultural appropriation, not so great workshop on creating evil characters, useful tips on avoiding the slush pile, and an interesting talk about book blogging. Plus two more agent meetings, with more mixed and contradictory feedback.

I was due to stay over and do another full-day workshop on Sunday, but I decided to head home, as the whole thing was exhausting.

 

Sunday:

I did some submission tracking, and started to process my Winchester experience. There'll be a proper blog post about this soon...

 

Posted on 11 June 2018 14:34

Summary:

 

It feels as though things are moving forwards. Only a few days until Winchester Writers' Festival, and Artisan is ready to go!

 

Monday:

 

I finished a very interesting book and wrote a review of it.

 

I also went through Writing Magazine and added new submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet, and then identified new places to send some of my unassigned stories.

 

Tuesday:

 

After reading an article in Writing Magazine about not giving up on rejected work, I unearthed another couple of old pieces and identified places to submit them.

 

Wednesday:

 

More Artisan editing today - it seems like it will never end!

 

Thursday:

 

And the Artisan editing is done! Wow - now I just have to wait for the agent feedback at Winchester and then decisions will have to be made…

 

Friday:

 

After wrestling with the pitch for Artisan all week, I came up with some half-decent wording in the shower this morning:

 

“In a world where people’s lives are dictated by magic, Abelard Abernathy accidentally gains magical powers and discovers a centuries-old conspiracy at the heart of society. But is he prepared to give up everything he’s always wanted, to change the world for the better?”

 

Saturday:

 

I met George Mann at a reading retreat and talked to him about his road to publication, strategies for keeping focused, and training the subconscious crew.

 

Posted on 03 June 2018 19:51

Summary:

Edits, edits and more edits...

 

Monday:

Ann was free, so we arranged to meet up for a writing session. I mostly focused on transferring my hard copy Artisan edits onto the electronic copy. In between times, I checked the relative chapter lengths and moved some things around to make it more even.

I also wrote a review and identified places to submit two of my stories that were rejected last week and need to be sent out again.

I checked my upcoming free days/evenings for writing to ensure I would have enough time to finish my two main projects by their deadlines and it all looked good.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work and carried on with Artisan editing. I got halfway, which I figured wasn’t bad in two sessions, still with over two weeks to go until Winchester.

I also went through Dave’s comments on the WIP Big Bang story and worked on a new scene to solve the word count problem.

And that was it for this week. I’ve been really busy lately, and wanted some downtime. I also wanted to make the most of the weather and spend some quality time with Dave in the sunshine.

 

Posted on 28 May 2018 11:06

Summary:

 

People and places were all helpful this week in getting me where I needed to go with my writing.

 

Monday:

 

I met up with Ann and new Baby R at The Turk’s Head in Wapping, and settled down for a writing session.

 

I decided to alternate copy-editing chapters of Artisan with various other projects.

 

Those were catching up on reviews and writing the last scene of the WIP Big Bang story.

 

Wednesday:

 

I met up with Hannah after work and managed to edit another three chapters of Artisan. Only twenty more to go!

 

Friday:

 

Off to Wentworth for a NAWG writing weekend, and also off to a good start, with two more chapters of Artisan edited before dinner.

 

Saturday:

 

I spent most of the day in the gorgeous library at Wentworth, working on editing Artisan, and managed twelve chapters. I motivated myself by allowing myself a Galaxy Trucker mission every two chapters, which worked really well.

 

Sunday:

 

I made good use of my remaining time at Wentworth, editing the last six chapters of Artisan. Now, all I have to do is transfer the hard copy edits onto the electronic version…

 

Posted on 21 May 2018 10:06

Summary:

 

Progress made on both projects that have looming deadlines, which is good. But not a lot of time spent on writing this week, and I’m missing having long sessions with multiple projects on the go.

 

Monday:

 

 

Today, I took myself to Notting Hill and enjoyed a comfy chair and giant teapots in the Candella Tea Room.

 

I caught up on my reviews, then ploughed on with the WIP Big Bang story.

 

Tuesday:

 

I sent in my snippets for the WIP Big Bang art claims, and added some extra words to the end of the scene I wrote yesterday.

 

Friday:

 

I spent most of the train journey up to Chester locating and correcting the errors my wonderful parents had found in Artisan. It was mostly typos and missing words, but my dad caught one major inconsistency where two characters had the same conversation twice, twenty-five pages apart!

 

Sunday:

 

I copy-edited Chapter Four of Artisan on the train home from Chester, using my tried and true method of reading it backwards, sentence by sentence.

 

Posted on 14 May 2018 08:48

Summary:

Good use of available time slots for getting on with stuff. I like having the option to just find a cafe and get to work, now that I’ve trained myself to be able to focus in that kind of environment.

 

Monday:

A new week, and some new resolve, as deadlines are looming. I went into town early, to give me an hour or so before meeting Geena, to ensure I got some writing stuff done.

I started with a review of the film we went to see on Saturday, then wrote the fifth and final short piece to complete my Bingo/Yahtzee challenge.

I also wrote a blog post about Winchester anxiety, and the benefits of being realistic about my writing future.

 

Tuesday:

I posted my combined challenge stories, which involved entries on Fic Promptly, Ficlet Zone, Sentinel Bingo, and GYWO Yahtzee. So very complicated - but lots of fun!

In the evening, I went to a London Writers’ Cafe event, which provided really useful feedback on my Artisan cover letter from two agents.

 

Wednesday:

Work trip to Leeds, so I spent an hour on the train honing my cover letters for my Winchester submissions, based on last night’s feedback, then went back to wrestling with the end of the novel.

 

Thursday:

I put together all the documents for my Winchester submissions and printed them out, ready to post at the weekend. I also sent a pdf of the whole Artusan manuscript to my parents, who are very kindly doing a quick read-through to check it all still makes sense after my recent revisions.

 

Saturday:

Today’s writing venue was Picturehouse Central, making use of a gap in my day between a meditation class and a trip to the theatre.

I took a break from Artisan and did a stint on the WIP Big Bang instead, since snippets for that are due next week.

 

Posted on 06 May 2018 14:50

Summary:

Perhaps as expected, my writing output during the rest of the holiday gradually reduced, but I did still manage to get some things done here and there.

 

Monday:

I wrote another short piece for my Yahtzee/Bingo challenge.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review of Avengers: Infinity War.

 

Saturday:

My plans to write most days of the holiday fell rather by the wayside, but I took advantage of a planned lunch and afternoon activity in the city to prompt me to get up early and head in for a writing session beforehand.

I started with a couple of reviews.

Then I went back to Artisan and worked on the closing chapters for a while.

 

Sunday:

I added the latest round of submission opportunities from Writing Magazine to my spreadsheet.

I prepped all the documents for my submissions to agents at the Winchester Festival, ready to print and send next week.

 

Posted on 29 April 2018 09:46

Summary:

 

It’s never the case that I have to be in the right frame of mind to get some writing done. It’s all about making use of the available opportunities.

 

Saturday:

 

First full day of the group holiday, and I was up early. So, I took advantage of having the downstairs to myself, and did my first writing of the week.

 

I did a review of the last book I read.

 

Then I attempted to launch back into the revisions for Artisan - with some trepidation because the ending needs to be completely rewritten and it’s a daunting task with a rapidly looming deadline. I managed to re-write a couple of scenes, leaving just the last four chapters to deal with.

 

Sunday:

 

Another morning writing session gave me the opportunity to write the third short pieces for my Yahtzee/Bingo challenge, which was fun.

 

Posted on 22 April 2018 16:39

Summary:

 

Original fiction, non-fiction, fanfiction; novels and shorts; revision and new words - lots of variety in my writing this week.

 

Monday:

 

Today was likely my last writing date with Ann for a while, and we met at Good and Proper.

 

I started out with a couple of quick wins, writing my GYWO discussion post for the month, and also a review of the last book I read.

 

Then I went back to the latter stages of Artisan to do more revisions.

 

I did two short fanfics for my current Bingo/Yahtzee challenge, then typed up some notes from various books I’ve been reading lately.

 

Tuesday:

 

I went to a London Writers’ Cafe Meetup about plot development, with Emma Darwin, who had some interesting and useful things to say. A lot of it was information I already knew, but there were some kernels of stuff that were presented in ways that were new to me, and also some points I hadn’t previously considered, so it was definitely worth going.

 

Wednesday:

 

There was a sharing challenge on GYWO which involved posting a snippet of a work-in-progress and getting a prompt to rewrite it in one of a number of ways. I posted a few sentences of my WIP Big Bang fic, and ended up swapping the genders of all the characters, which was very cool.

 

I wrote a review of the book I’d finished the day before, then went back to work on the WIP Big Bang story.

 

Friday:

 

I did the GYWO challenge again, with a paragraph from Colours, and was prompted to change it to a different point of view. I went from third person to first person, and a major lightbulb went off in my head. I’m just introducing a third POV strand into the novel, and it’ll be really distinctive and way more mysterious if I make it first person (keeping the others as third person). Yay for interesting challenges!

 

Saturday:

 

I read the first three chapters of Artisan aloud and made some more editing notes. Then I made all the actual changes from my copy-editing activities to date. First three chapters - ready for submission!

 

I wrote a review for my latest audiobook, and finally got around to reading through Dave’s comments on the first 25,000 words of Colours, doing some editing as I went and also making notes for future revisions.

 

Sunday:

 

I wrote a 100-word story for a competition I came across in The Simple Things magazine, and submitted it.

 

Posted on 15 April 2018 20:32

Summary:

Bits and pieces, small but regular progress. Not a lot of time and energy spent on writing projects this week, but still some.

Monday:

I did today’s one-minute challenge at oneword.com.

Later, I took advantage of an unexpected free half hour to copy-edit the second chapter of Artisan.

Wednesday:

I had a writing date scheduled after work with Hannah, so started out with a couple of reviews.

Then I copy-edited the third chapter of Artisan.

Friday:

One of my writer friends got me an editing gig on an anthology he’s contributing to, so I worked through the first half of my assigned story on the train up to York.

Sunday:

I edited the second half of the anthology story on the train back from York.

 

Posted on 09 April 2018 11:39

Summary:

 

Lots of time spent on writing projects this week, and I’m pleased with my progress overall, but it mostly felt like wading through mud at the time.

 

Monday:

 

I started the week with renewed focus, and a writing date with Ann at The Counter at The Delaunay.

 

First task was to catch up on my reviews, which had been stacking up, and also provide my next book reviews for The Wordy Birds.

 

Then I put together a plan for my next insane fanfic combo challenge - new GYWO Yahtzee card, Sentinel Bingo card, and unfilled Fic Promptly prompts - should be fun, though it’s been a while since I’ve attempted Sentinel stories.

 

I stayed with the fanfic vibe by typing up all my WIP Big Bang notes, putting together a rough outline on paper, and writing the first scene (since technically you have to have at least 500 words written to sign up, and I didn’t at the time). There’s a lot of excitement in my brain around this project at the moment, so I’ll need to be careful that it doesn’t derail me too much from Artisan.

 

I finished off by writing a blog post about the importance of giving yourself space to think.

 

 

Wednesday:

 

I met up with Hannah after work and really struggled to find any focus, so we chatted for a bit about point of view, and then buckled down to some work.

 

I managed quite a few more words on my WIP Big Bang story, though it felt pretty turgid.

 

I did some research and made notes for this month’s GYWO discussion post.

 

I finished off by reading some more of Bird by Bird.

 

 

Thursday:

 

I did a random writing prompt.

 

Then the WIP Big Bang story started writing itself in my head, so I did another section of that, to make sure I didn’t lose the thread.

 

 

Friday:

 

I spent most of the day thinking about Ready Player One, composing notes on my reaction to it, and collecting and reading other people’s views on it.

 

 

Saturday:

 

Today was a day of annoying admin. I made a few submissions and added a couple of short pieces to my website.

 

 

Sunday:

 

I got up early and took myself to Mughead in New Cross, which turned out to be a perfectly good place for a solo writing date.

 

I started out by writing my Ready Player One review, which was pretty hard and took a long time.

 

Then I finally started the actual copy-editing on Artisan, focusing on the first three chapters. I found my list of editing points and colour-coded them, then went through the first chapter backwards, marking up the hard copy with proposed edits in the relevant colour pen. I ticked off the colours on the front page as I went, to keep track of what I had and hadn’t checked.

 

I went back to the WIP Big Bang story for a bit, then called it a day.

 

Posted on 01 April 2018 21:38

Summary:

The admin has to be done, or there will be no publications, no matter how much I write. But it’s really, really annoying.

Wednesday:

I got very little sleep on Monday night, so wasn’t feeling particularly enthused by this afternoon, but a booked writing date with Hannah kept me out after work and focused on at least attempting some writing.

I went through the four critiques on Scribophile for my 750-word story, which all had something useful to say, so I made some revisions. I think I managed to improve it.

Then I went through my current Colours outline spreadsheet and worked out where the scenes for the new plot thread will need to go in the structure of the opening sections.

 

Thursday:

I did the one-minute challenge at oneword.com.

 

Friday:

I spent an inordinate amount of time posting my GYWO Yahtzee/Fic Promptly/Ficlet Zone combo stories. Wow, is it complicated and annoying to put together posts of multiple fics with links and info and everything.

I took a break, then submitted several original works for publication or competitions. Submission admin is so tedious.

I did some of the research I needed for my planned WIP Big Bang story - which involved watching a couple of very good movies and making copious notes (much less tedious than submissions!).

 

Sunday:

I did the day’s one-minute writing challenge at oneword.com.

I registered with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, and logged all my printed publications to date.

I watched another movie to complete my WIP Big Bang research and wrote a ton of notes. I have the whole outline in my head now - I’m just not sure I can do it justice.