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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!

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July Joy

The sun is shining, the weather is hot, it’s July, nearly my birthday, and the first day for my July Goals. A day to be positive I feel.

I had a bad day yesterday, loads of glum work stuff and was feeling a bit down with lack of progress on the new job front. Thankfully a friend took me out for dinner and reminded me what I want and am trying to achieve.

I’m doing a creative writing course. I’m writing lots on the side. That’s what I want to do. I want to write. My day job is just getting me through until I can make money from writing, or I realise I can’t. Either way, it’s temporary. It’s a way of making ends meet.

When I started the course last year, I decided I’d stay in my boring, pretty poorly paid job while I do the course. I’d try to make writing a career, and make money from my JOB. Somewhere along the line I forgot that, I’ve been thinking I need a career now. I don’t – I need a job. I want to walk away at 5pm with no thoughts of work, so I can write at home. That’s what I want.

I feel so much better today realising that. I’ve already applied for one job (that actually sounds pretty good) and am aiming to apply for at least one more today, on top of writing, going to the gym and reading. See, look, when I put my mind to it, I can achieve anything. Well, I can achieve lots anyway, maybe not ANYTHING.

Today, as well as all the above, I’m going to be eavesdropping. All in the name of writing. Over at Bugged they’re holding an actual Creative Eavesdropping Day. Today participants must listen in to other people’s conversations, and create a story from something they hear. They then have until August to send it in. Good things get posted on the site, great things get put in an anthology, 10 amazing things go in a book. Wow. Right people of London, be prepared, to be heard!

As I’m mentioning competitions, it’s probably a good time to mention the Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition I’m going to be entering. 1000 words on ‘Starting Over’. I’ve got my idea. I’ve roughly written 250 words. I just need to finish it. I’m worried about getting dialogue in it. I think stories are better with dialogue, but it’s going to be hard to get any in, without giving away the twist. I will be trying though. Maybe I’ll work on that this afternoon. Or tomorrow, after Fiction Friday. Woop for Fridays!

I’m going to have to change my ‘about’ section on here, and am gutted about it. It currently reads ‘I’m a 20 something ‘new to writing girl.’ ‘ From Monday, I won’t be 20 something anymore – no, I turn 30 then. (hence the reason for my little stress yesterday). It’s going to have to change to ‘early-30s’ or ’30 yo’ or something. Eek. Oh well, I’ll think about that next week.

Right. Lunch. Ear-wigging. Excellent.