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Another Competition and a Lot of Writing

Morning peeps. Can you believe it’s Sunday morning (right now, it will be afternoon my the time I post it) and I’m awake and writing a blog? I find it pretty hard to believe myself, but there is a very good reason. And it’s not that I can’ sleep (which I can’t but that’s not the point).

Midday today was the deadline for the Bugged Project submissions. Having listened to many, many conversations on 1st July and writing the first 300 words of a story, I’d managed to procrastinate doing anything else until Friday. On Friday night I pretty much finished the first draft, but I needed to complete it and edit it over the weekend. I was out all day yesterday which left today. Good thing I woke up early!

I’m pretty annoyed with myself for leaving it until the last day to send in. In fact the last 15 minutes. I used to be like this at school – always leave things to the last minute. I like to think that I work better under pressure, but I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll see if my story gets printed on the website. Fingers crossed for me.

The story’s called Mushrooms. Nothing like a bizarre title for a story. The sentence I overheard was ‘I’m eating mushrooms.’ My story came from that. I’m pretty happy with it. Although I only finished it this today, I’ve been plotting it a lot in my head over the last six weeks, so I guess I have been working on it. So to speak. Hmmm.

This week the winners of Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition are announced. Nervous? Me? Never! It’s the first writing competition I’ve ever entered so of course I’m nervous. And the prize is awesome – three months mentoring with Rowan Coleman for the winner. Wow. Even if I don’t win or come top 5 (which I’m not expecting to) it’s been a great experience – my first competition entry. Regardless of anything else, it gave me the confidence to enter more and more things.

Speaking of more and more things. There’s another competition I’ve entered over at Chick Lit Shorties. You have to write a 500 character ending to a piece of writing they gave. To be in with a chance of winning you pretty much need to get lots of people ‘liking’ your story. So dear readers, if you like my stuff, please go visit the site, and if you like my story, please ‘Like’ it. Even if you don’t like my story, there are some great other ones that are worthy of a read!

I’ve just realised I’ve still not set any goals for August. Ah. Well, it’s 15th August today. Do I need to now? I don’t think so. I’m pretty much writing every day, and recording how much too; I’m reading a lot; I’m entering competitions and most importantly I’m doing lots of work on my writing course.

Yes, reread that bit if you want – I’m doing lots of my writing course. Woo hoo! This week I sent off my next assignment and have read and made notes on one of the modules I need to read for my next assignment. I decided to make notes on it, because that’s the way I worked at school. I think I thought that if I made notes it would go in more. There’s that, but also I’m just highlighting key bits, which I’ll put in a folder so if I need to refer back to anything at any point in the future I can go to my folder and find it quickly rather than reaingd through pages and pages of the booklet to find it.

I had such an awesome reaction to my Fiction Friday piece. To quote my new best friend (after this comment) Rebecca Stonebridge ‘Love, love love this. I want to read your novel.’ Wow. I then had a conversation on Twitter with her and Laura from NovelKicks and they were both telling me to get on and write the novel so they can read it. I’ve also had other comments from people saying they want to know what happens. I really am going to have to write it.

Doing these Fiction Friday pieces and that blog takeover day the other day, are really getting the characters in my head. I’m getting excited about writing it. So much so I really don’t want to go back and edit Italian Infatuation. I want to write holiday. But then if I do that I’ll have two unedited books. Can I edit one while writing another? Would it be too much? especially as one’s 3rd person and the other’s 1st? Hmmm.

I’ve not had a day at home doing nothing for ages (except last Sunday, but I did a big spring clean then) so am well looking forward to NOTHING today. Only it’s not going to be nothing. I’m going to read lots. And read another module of my writing course. And of course do some writing – although finishing off that story was writing, so maybe I won’t. But maybe I will.

Inception and Other Things in My Head

I went to see Inception last night. Had I have watched it two years ago, I would’ve just thought it was a great story. Now that I’m writing, I think it’s so much cleverer. I mean, just imagine having the thought in the first place, then developing it into so much detail, and on so many levels. It’s almost like five stories in one, all interconnected. It properly blew my mind – so much so I’m still thinking about it now. And am desperate to see it again.

I wish I could write thrillers, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t. I’ve never tried so I guess I don’t know, but I just can’t imagine being clever enough to think up all the twists that you’d need to keep the reader captivated. Saying that I do have an idea for a thriller that I might write at some point. Maybe. At the moment I’m happy with Romance and Chick Lit.

I’m determined to read a load of my writing course modules done today. I’ve had my booklet next to me all week, but have only made it to page 5. I am making notes though, so it will be a slow process. While I’m doing nothing for most of the day, it’s stupid NOT to be doing it.

Did you read my blog yesterday? It was ‘taken over’ by Kate from ‘Holiday’ as part of Blog Takeover Day held by Sally Quilford at Quillers. I loved this idea so much. Especially as it fitted in with my Fiction Friday pieces at the moment featuring Kate and Dan. I was tempted to do it from Dan to get into his mind to show he’s not all that bad, but as Holiday is written in 1st person it was too good an opportunity to ‘practice’ Kate that I had to go with her. There’s some great over takeovers that were done from other people: characters, pets and even laptops. If you get a chance I’d strongly suggest popping over to Sally’s blog to read some of them (when you’re done here of course 🙂 )

It’s a week today that the results of Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition are revealed. Although I have no doubts I won’t come anywhere near the top five – it was my first competition entry after all, and the standard of the other writers that entered is SO high – I do occasionally have little day dreams that I win. How nice would it be. I’m determined that one day I WILL win a competition, or at least get close. Practice, practice, practice.

Which reminds me, the deadline for the Bugged Project is this weekend. This is the one where you make a story from something you overheard on 1st July. I can’t believe it’s been a month and 12 days since I ‘bugged’ and I’ve only written the first draft of half the story. I really need to get it done before leaving work tomorrow, because I doubt I’ll get a chance over the weekend.

Ok, right then. Writing course!

Next Project

I loved having a writing project to concentrate on last week, and feel a little lost this week not having one (although I have managed to actually read some blogs etc today without the pressure of thinking I should be doing something else instead!). Or I was feeling that way, until I remembered I’ve got a project I should be working on for The Bugged Project.

If you don’t know about this, on 1st July they encouraged people to listen into other people’s conversations, and from that create a 1000 word story (or maybe a poem, can’t remember). I did and I’ve got an idea. In fact I’ve written maybe the first 3/4 of it. I don’t think the closing date is until mid August, but I’d really like to get it done before then – prove to myself I don’t always have to leave something until the last minute.

I guess there’s always the novel I could edit. Agh. At some point I WILL do that. When I first started thinking about this writing thing seriously I said to my cousin that I’d take her to Hawaii surfing to celebrate my first novel being published (there’s nothing like a bit of optimism is there!) when she’s 21 (legally old enough to drink over there in the States!). She’s just about to turn 19 – which gives me two years to edit, submit and get published. Hmmm. I’m thinking that’s not long enough. BUT if I keep that in mind maybe I can push myself into editing it. Maybe if I talk about starting the editing process enough, I’ll bore myself so much I’ll start doing it!

Right, I think I’ll go and work on my story – currently titled ‘Mushrooms’ – as you do!