I’ve been meaning to write a blog all day (it’s not like I’m busy and can’t find the time!) and yet I leave it until the last 15 minutes of my day (work day that is) to start it. But I’ve written a plan for it. Is that excessive? Writing a plan for a blog? I’ve heard of writing a plan for a book, for a story or even for a day/month. But for a blog? To be honest there’s not really anything interesting on it. Must get on with it though.
I’ve spent my spare time over the last 24 hours reading through my magazine to analyse it. I am shocked. In a 170 page magazine there are only 17 full page or longer articles. 1 per 10 pages (I always knew maths was my strong point!). Wow. That’s 9 pages of adverts and mini stories (pages made up of small articles – maybe there’s a technical word for this). Really that’s not many.
I had just been shocked at the small amount. Writing this has made me think that with only that few articles in each month’s magazine (presuming every month is the same) there must be some very very strong competition to get published. I think this is something I need to NOT think about too much. I don’t want to start getting bogged down with ‘How the hell will I ever get published?’ thoughts. Above all I’m doing this course because I really enjoy writing – anything I get from it is simply a bonus!!
I planned to go out at lunchtime to buy a notebook. I need something I carry round 24/7 to put ideas in. The seem to be coming through at an alarming rate. It’s great. I’d also put dreams in it. And other (non writing stuff). I just need to get one. Tomorrow.
These thoughts that are coming through at an alarming rate – I’ve actually done something with them. This morning I had two random ideas that I thought would maybe make good short stories or something, but when I started writing them down, realised they would fit really well into Holiday. Holiday, I have decided, is what I’m going to call the book I’m writing – a working title that is. Will maybe confuse when I tag ‘Holiday’ that I mean holiday, but that’s something I’ll have to live with.
Writing’s gone really well today – I’ve tried that write for 5 minutes every hour. For 5 hours I actually remembered to do it, and managed over 800 words. If I carry on at this rate Holiday will be written in no time at all. Not to sound negative but IF is the important word there.