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Predictons coming true

What did I say yesterday?  That I probably wouldn’t get any writing done this week.  Yep, that seems to be what’s happening.  I did manage to write down last night’s dream – and in more depth than I have done any other dreams before. 

I need to start writing in more detail.  To be able to take the reader to where I am.  I think at the moment my writing is too basic – there is no detail, well not enough anyway.

I get paid tomorrow, so I’m going to treat myself to lunch in a coffee shop (wow – great treat – can’t I have a dress instead?).  While I’m there I’m going to observe.  And write my observations down.  And I’m going to go into lots of detail.  I’m going to try to do that regularly.

I’m just five pages away from finishing ‘Mercy’.  It’s driving me crazy that I’m so close to finishing.  It really has got me, I can’t wait to read the rest – it’s really pulled me in.  Actually, I’m due a break, I’m going to take a break from this and finish it.

Great, I’ve now finished it.  I do really enjoy Jodie Picoult’s novels.  That’s quite a good thing, because I have had lots given to me to read.  I was going to give my opinions on this book, but in the next couple of days I’ll do a review of it on here.

Nothing else to report unfortunately.  Maybe tomorrow…

Random word generators

These are positively my favourite things at the moment.  Got some spare time on your hands?  Want to write something?  No idea what?  Generate a random word (or more) to create a story.  I do try not to ‘cheat’ and skip the words that I can’t think of anything for straight away, but I had to pass on ‘title’ today.  TITLE?  What?  I have enough problems with titles (see this post https://newtowritinggirl.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/i-hate-titles/) to create some writing around that word.  Ugh.

Woman and disagreement were the next two words that came up on this site http://watchout4snakes.com/creativitytools/RandomWord/RandomWordPlus.aspx  So I wrote a 1,000 word short story encompassing them.  I’m not too happy with the ending and think I need to change it a bit.  But I’ve done it.  Yes, I finished the first draft of SOMETHING.  This day will go down in history as the first time I’ve actually got to the end of something without giving up or moving on to something else. 

It’s not just the disagreement story I’ve done today.  Oh no.  I got woken up ridiculously early this morning by bright sunlight coming through the window  (The one and only time I hate sunshine) and remembered my dream.  So I actually wrote it down. Which is good, because I can’t remember it now.  (I had another 2 which I didn’t write down, but let’s forget about those!).

On top of all this – I also did some of my course during my lunch break.  I am on fire today.  It makes up for the weekend where I did nothing I guess  🙂

May’s goals

 

Ok, I’ve not actually decided on any goals yet for this month, but will do by the time I get to the end of this post. 

I made April’s goals on 14th April, so going by that, I should double them for May (as there’s twice the amount of time).  That means –

·        Write 12,000 words (in any format)

·        Read a novel (I was half way through one last month when I said I’d finish it)

·        Write a review of the novel on here.

·        20 blogs on here

·        Write down at least 16 dreams/day dreams

·        Finish module 2 for the writing course

·        Read next modules of the writing course

It’s not exactly double last month’s – but I think it’s a realistic target.  The thing I will struggle with will be the assignment.  I think I’m subconsciously finding other things to do all the time because the idea of it scares me.  The actual writing of it doesn’t, it’s the finding the idea about what to write.  I think once I have the idea it won’t be as hard as I think.

I quite like the idea of writing articles for magazines (once I have ideas) as it’s so structured.  They want things the same number of words, same type of writing, paragraph lengths etc.  For my first writing efforts I think that will be good.

Right then, I’m off to start on these 12,000 words (11,750 left!). 

Nearing month end…

Only a couple of days left until the end of the month.  This poses a couple of questions.

1.  Where the hell is 2009 going?  We’re now 1/3 of the way through it.  Wow.  When I was younger people used to tell me that time started going faster the older you get.  That is so true.  I dread to think how quickly it will go when I’m 50!  Or 70?

2.  How did I get on with my goals for April?  Pretty well. 

Today’s post makes 14 this month – my target.  If I can squeeze in a few more I can go way over my target. 

Last week I reached my total for words written.  I’m really impressed with that.  I thought 6,000 would be a hard target to reach, seeing as I’ve not done any proper serious writing for years.  I found it quite easy though.  It helped that I tried the writing for 5 minutes every hour while at work.  Although I only managed to do this about once, it kept writing in the forefront of my mind.  Therefore when I had some spare time, I started writing. 

I finished reading This Charming Man by Marian Keyes and wrote my review of it (https://newtowritinggirl.wordpress.com/what-im-reading/this-charming-man-by-marian-keyes/)

I read the next three modules of the writing course.  I’ve not made notes which is something I’d like to do, but not top of my priorities.

Assignment two.  Ah.  Um.  No.  I’ve started to review a magazine.  Yeah, not getting on too well with this.  Need to give myself a kick to get me going on this.  I have been thinking about it quite a lot.  I have done some research into the kind of magazines I think I could write for.  Step up on this next month (and the last couple of days of this month).  I do carry  the magazine I’m currently reviewing round with me.  Does that count as a step in the right direction?

Writing down dreams/day dreams. I’m not too sure how I’ve done with this.  I’ve written a few down on scraps of paper lying around as I’ve thought of them.  Or sent myself emails with the details or even saved them as drafts on here.  I’ve not as yet put them in order so I have no idea how many I’ve written down.  I’m getting semi good at it.  I probably write them down every 3 or 4 days.  Better than nothing!

All in all I’m quite happy with my progress, especially as I only really had half the month to action them.  I presume that means I have to double my plan for next month?  Or more than double it to push myself?  My priority must be my next assignment.

Where’s the inspiration gone?

I’ve just done a word count for the last week and a half (since I made my plan for the rest of April to write 6,000 words), and am happy to say I’ve reached it.  Yes with another 9 days to write I have already reached my total.  I’m really proud of myself. 

 

I’m now a little worried that I’m going to not bother writing any more this month.  You know the feeling, I’ve done all I have to, I’ll give it a miss today.  That one day turns into two, which turns into a week etc.  Today I’m feeling like I can’t be bothered to write anything, I hope that’s just because I’m tired, not because I’ve lost inspiration.

 

Honestly today I feel like I can’t come up with any ideas.  Luckily for me, I’ve got a couple of plans written, so I just need to write the words to make it a story.

 

I went for a walk at lunchtime yesterday in the sun.  I had an idea that I may in the near future go sit in a park and do some writing there.  My favorite place is in the sun (on a beach would be better!) so I’m sure that will give me some inspiration!  Maybe I’ll do that Friday.  It seems like a nice way to end the week (fingers crossed for warm weather please).

 

I bought a notebook today.  I’ve sectioned it up so there’s a section each for writing ideas (ideas, plans, stories), dreams & daydreams, word count and To Do list.  I’m going to carry it round with me all the time, and just write in it.  I’m quite excited. 

 

Right, off to write (maybe about Mr Wright, ha ha!)

Quick, quick

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.

Monday moans

Yes, after everything I said yesterday about not worrying about the next written assignment (magazine article), I am worrying.  I think this worrying is down to the fact that the first two magazines I picked up to start analysing (therefore eventually write something for) don’t accept articles from outside sources.  It’s kind of disheartened me a little bit.

But, there are many many more magazines out there.  I’ve just got a list of women’s interest ones off the Internet – of  a list of nearly 40, there must be some that I could write an article for.  I just need to find it.  I will probably have to go out and buy about 3,000 magazines though.  Oh well.  It will be worth it.

I’ve just remembered when I first woke up this morning I could recall all of my dream I’d just had.  I didn’t write it down so have forgotten it.  That’s so annoying.  I’m going to buy a little journal book thing today to keep by my bed which will hopefully make me write them down.  Hopefully.

I’m not sounding very happy today.  The sun is shining and it’s quite warm, so I should be.  I think it’s the Monday blues.

STOP.  Monday morning blues now over (would hope so my 5pm!).  I’ve found a magazine that accepts articles from other people.  I’ve also stopped stressing about the assignment.  All is now good with the world (doesn’t take much does it – that is a good thing though).

I read about a website tool/game/thing last week – Frankenstory (I haven’t learnt how to insert a link yet so it’s www.frankenstory.com).  The website works like the children’s game consequences.  First you go to the website and start a story in 40 words.  The story is then sent to a friend of  yours, but they can only see the last 10 words.  The same happens again twice.  Then you both are sent all four sections of the story.  I have now done this twice with a friend, with what I think are quite good results.  We are planning on doing a story a day.  That will help with my word count this month.

Speaking of word counts, all I’ve written today is this and my Frankenstory (80 words), so really must get on with some more.  Adios.

Today’s general thoughts

I had a dream last night that I think has the possibility to become a scene for a novel.  I knew it would happen eventually.  It’s good to know I can sometimes have semi normal dreams (unlike all the others I’ve written down – I really do wonder what the hell my brain is saying with my dreams.  They generally don’t make sense).

I’m not doing too well writing down my day dreams.  My plan was to write them down, as a huge proportion of my day is taken up with them.  When I’m in the shower, on the tube, cooking, going to sleep; if I’m alone I’m either thinking about something that has happened, or something that will happen/could happen.  I think the problem with writing them down is that there’s so many, they come and go so fast that I generally don’t remember them. 

Maybe I should make a plan for April (yes, late I know).  The plan should include making a big effort to write down day dreams (and real dreams).  Included in the plan too could be to read X number of modules for my writing course, read X number of books and do X amount of the writing course.  I could also add in X amount of writing.  I could do that in terms of words e.g. I must write 6,000 words by the end of April.  6,000 isn’t that many.  I’ve got 7,000 written of a novel – and I wrote that in a week.  I didn’t however have to fit it around work and play (I had sprained a ligament in my foot and couldn’t walk for two weeks).  I wonder if 6,000 words is do-able with everything else I’ve got going on?  Would I include words written on here? 

Writing a plan is quite scary.  Putting it up for public viewing is even more scary.  Me thinking it’s scary is just me being negative and thinking I won’t complete it so be disappointed.  I seem to be saying rather negative things at the moment.  That’s not how I’m feeling though.

Today the sun is shining and it’s very warm.  It feels like summer is finally coming.  Yay for summer! Fingers crossed it is!

Planning

My plan for the near future is to start planning.  Today I need to plan going home for the weekend (back to where was brought up – not my home here in the big smoke).  In the next few weeks to start planning my 1st novel (someone said you should plan, not just write what comes out your head.  Shame.  Might work, but that’s probably why I’ve not got anywhere with writing – no planning).  Also to plan where I potentially could sell articles in the future. 

The course suggests analysing magazines, newspapers etc so you know what and how to write for the editors to sell.  I’m not ready to sell yet, but I can do the prep now while I’m not ready so when I am ready I can get straight on with it! 

I’m not very good at planning, so this will be new for me.  I’m getting really into the idea of planning the novel.  I keep coming up with ideas for it.  I think most of them will probably be thrown out, but I’m a firm believer in multiplying thoughts.  If you start thinking creatively you will start to get more and more creative ideas.  I hope.  If I write these ideas down I’ll have loads of ideas to choose from when I need them.  If some ideas aren’t good for the 1st, maybe they’ll be good for the 2nd… 3rd etc etc.

I don’t remember my dreams from last night.  I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of me remembering and writing them down.  I think I need to spend more time on writing them down and remembering them more thoroughly. 

My touch typing is going really well.  99% of the time I’m not looking at the keyboard – in fact the only time I do is to do symbols, or when at work typing something quickly while on the phone.  I’m being really strict with myself, and not letting myself ever type wrong.  If I type a letter with the wrong finger I also go back and make myself type it again.  I’m going to try that programme soon which tells you your typing speed.  I figure the quicker I type the easier writing will be – I’ll be able to type as I think not have to remember things and slow down my thinking (that may not be a great idea – do I really want the things that come out my head to go on a page without thinking?  Scary thought!)

I’m pretty sure I won’t get a chance to do any blogging, or my course, or writing over the weekend.  Upsetting, but at least I’m being realistic.  Will take laptop and course just in case.  Fingers crossed I might find 5 mins.  Every little helps after all 🙂

*Forgot a title – again!*

I’ve started reading lots more of my writing course. The current module is about selling articles to magazines and papers and things like that. I am really petrified of this idea. I have no idea if I actually can write anything that would be bought by a magazine or paper. I guess I’ll find out. I need to do all the prep now for it – find out about magazines etc and research them. Then as I get further into the course I can look at selling stuff. They said Assignment one wasn’t about getting me to a level I can sell stuff, but about finding out if I’m observant. I don’t know if I am. My boyfriend thinks I am the least observant person ever, which kind of worries me. How can I be a successful writer if I am unobservant? I’m going to work hard on this. I waste so much time on the tube and bus a day, I should spend that time OBSERVING! I read something today about someone who has two jobs and still manages to write 1,000 words a day. 1,000. I have one job (not worked in the Pizza place for weeks now, maybe even months – have asked to do a couple of shifts though), and don’t seem to be able to ‘find the time’ to do any (very little I should say). This is down to inefficiency. I spend way too much time doing nothing. And going to bed too late because I’m doing nothing. I could quite easily get up an hour early and spend that hour writing/doing my course. I should make an effort to change this. No, I will make an effort to change this. I’m just about to sign up for the Race for Life 5k race in May/June/July and want to sign up for a 10k one too (my first – eek). So that’s going to mean training – less time for writing. There must be a balance! I must find this balance. One thing I really need to do is write down my dreams as soon as I wake up. I forget thinking I’ll do it later, but by the time I do I’ve forgotten half (or more) of it.

I also NEED to post assignment one. If I could’ve emailed it I would’ve sent it off WEEKS ago. At least I will be able to email the rest of the course – should get it moving a bit faster.