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This week’s writing

It’s FRIDAY!!!  Yay!  Even better than that though, it’s Christmas Party Friday.  One of my favourite days of the year!  Especially as we’re going to a Moroccan restaurant, and I LOVE Moroccan food!

So, writing then.  I don’t feel like I’ve achieved much this week.  Mainly because I haven’t.  I don’t know if that’s me taking a little break after the madness of NovelPI and NaNo over the last 2 months, or if it’s me not having a goal to meet daily so doing the total opposite and doing nothing.

Yesterday was pretty good.  I did a bit of writing from a prompt (I blogged about yesterday) then did free writing for about 25 minutes, which, after a bit of blah, ended up being something that could go in somewhere for something.  It’s about a girl who is meant to be meeting a date.  He’s an hour late.  I didn’t get too far, but it’s writing so I’m really happy with myself for doing something. 

I’ve also been writing the Oneword daily one minute writing challenges this week, so I guess I have been doing something.  Just not much, and it’s really all been towards the end of the week.  Lets hope I can keep it going, and start doing more over the weekend and into next week. 

Saying that though, I’m helping the boyfriend move on Saturday then working at job number 2 on Sunday, so I won’t have that much time.  Actually, after doing NovelPI and NaNo, I know you can always find time to write, even if it’s just 250 words a day.  Something that I now don’t think is that much – not when I did 7k on 29th November!

Short and sweet today guys.  Have a good weekend 🙂

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Another rubbish title

Why do I find titles so hard?  When I do bits of writing with random words, I tend to use the words as titles – yesterday I started something using the words prompts Citrus, Decontaminate, Affection and Tailor from this post.  I called it Citrus Affection.  I quite like the name, but it doesn’t really fit a story where a woman thinks her husband is gay, but finds out through following him he actually just likes cross dressing.  I have no idea where that idea came from.  bizarre!

If you’re wondering how the words fit in with a story like that: the wall beneath the balcony where the husband is standing is citrus yellow; He has an affectionate look towards the men rehearsing the play he’s watching; she wonders who it is he fancies – is it the tailor?; and finally the story takes a little tangent when the wife thinks about her friend who’s currently working in Afghanistan decontaminating something (I don’t really know what!)

Yesterday, I did about 2 hours research for my ‘magazine article’ (assignment 2 for my writing course), a blog here, and then 450+ words on Citrus Affection.  Pretty good for a days work.  Today I’m crazily hungover and tired so not sure I’ll get anything done.  I might push on and finish the story from yesterday.  It’s not going to be very good – it’s a pretty rubbish ending (her confronting him and him telling her he just likes cross dressing not men) but I couldn’t think of any other reason why he’d be where he was unless he was gay.  It’s not believable either.  But it’s writing and that’s the main thing.  Who knows what I may decide to take from it in years to come.

My boyfriend’s decided he wants to write a novel.  A children’s novel.  He is worried (and I am) he’s going to finish it before I get anywhere with mine – then resent him for it.  It’s quite possible he will as he decided on the subject on Sunday night, then started writing it Monday morning!  I wonder if this means I should make a big effort to get on with writing mine?  I made the decision on holiday that the novel would take a step back and I would put most of my effort into getting on with my course.  I think that’s going to be the best plan of action.  So with that decided I’m not going to resent him if he does that.  I promise.  It has made me have thoughts about us both giving up work to write novels, and having life like a permanent holiday.  Slight glitch there is that we’d have to be writing – not doing whatever we want.

I’ve just been looking through my writing folder on the work computer and found a document titled ‘Oneword.com’.  What?  I’d totally forgotten about it.  Somehow I found this website.  Every day they put a random word on the site and you have 60 seconds to write about it.  I love it.  I need to start remembering to do it.  60 seconds of free writing about a word you get to see as the time starts.  It’s brilliant to get the old creative juices flowing.  Strangely enough my 60 seconds of writing, if extended to a story, was Si-fi.  Very strange as I know nothing about it and that really isn’t the kind of thing that would pop into my mind.

I’ve been thinking about writing a Mills and Boon book.  This idea pops into my head every few months.  I’ve got the basic plan for a book I could write.  I’ve got loads of M&B books at home for research.  I’ve been on the website (in fact I go on it every couple of years) to research writing a book for them.  But I do nothing.  I’m not even sure if I’ve got a plan written down for it.  I may do that today (to be honest I’ve already created a document titled ‘Mills and Boon Synopsis’ today – I just wrote the title, saved and closed it).  Seems like a good way to get today’s writing in.  Look at me – I make a decision to focus on one thing and immediately look for something else to do.

Tuesday’s Tantalizing Talk

Ok, I (now) know Tantalizing’s not a good word for this.  But it works with the alliteration of Tuesday and Talk to make a good title (come on, I am terrible at making up titles, at least it’s not something really boring!).  Get me – I actually remembered that was called alliteration, I obviously did learn something in GCSE English!

My boyfriend sent me this link this afternoon to a newspaper article.  The reason being that it was originally written as an online blog, and the author decided to test how good his writing was by sending it in to the Guardian to see if they’d publish it.  They did.  I love stories like this.  Ideas that ordinary people like you and me (presuming you are ordinary!) can get things published and do well for themselves in the writing field.

When I first told my housemate (who incidentally is also my best friend) I was doing a writing course she was so negative.  She asked why and what was I going to do with that.  She thought that only people who studied journalism at uni are able to publish anything.  Unsurprisingly I’ve hardly mentioned the course to her since.  Her negativity and lack of belief in me is going to make it oh so much sweeter when I get an article published, or maybe a short story, or even a novel.  I’ve just remembered she also said she thought I didn’t have a big enough vocabulary to be able to do any serious writing.  Hmmm.  Friends like these… eh!

I’d forgotten she’d said that.  And not really realised how mad it made me – mad or upset, I don’t know.  At least I do have people who do support my plans: my Mum is the main one, she’s encouraged me forever to do writing, saying that she thinks I can do it; my boyfriend, except for the fact he takes up my time when I could be writing (which I love and wouldn’t change for anything – no ideas on seeing me less there Mr!), he tries to encourage me to do my course and sends me things like the article above that he thinks will inspire me; a friend from work who is also quite into writing, she too encourages me and spurs me on.  It’s good to have people who believe in me.  Especially as I don’t always myself.  I’m learning though. 

There is another group of people who inspire me, as much, if not more than anyone else.  Two groups of people really:  the people who read and comment on my blog and other writers here on WordPress.   I’ve had some great comments on my blog, both for building my confidence in myself and for learning more about writing. I’ve been told on a few occasions that people enjoy my blog.  That makes me happy and makes me want to write more and give more enjoyment to people – after all as writers isn’t that our purpose!  Other bloggers here are showing me the trials and tribulations of writing, that there are others going through what I’m going through, and in the case of those published people – we can do it! 

I wasn’t expecting this blog to be so deep.  I was expecting the usual ramblings. 

I decided this morning that I have to do some writing (other than blogging).  Last night I did some timed writing and just rambled.  The same this morning.  But this morning while doing it I decided I’d do some more later on today, but write fiction instead of ‘Brain Dumping’ (a brilliant phrase I got from this blog).  So I started with the plan to just write for 10 minutes.  I decided I’d write a bit from the mind of the secondary character in my novel ‘Holiday’ – the hero who you will never hear from as it’s going to be first person POV (yes, I’ve made that decision).  I wanted to see if his voice was different to the heroine’s – check I’ve got in his head to know his motivations etc.  This is a (slightly modified) exercise suggested in this blog (writing from another character’s POV, not the timed bit).  Well, that 10 minutes ran on and on.  I finished when I’d finished the scene (700+ words later), not when a clock told me to.  How did it go?  I don’t know.  I’m going to leave it for a few days and read it fresh, hopefully it will sound different to the rest I’ve written for the novel.  It’s hard getting into a man’s head.  Never tried that before.  If only it was really easy – could have saved me so much heartache, he he.

I think that’s a long enough blog for today.  Phew!

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

Wow, a semi decent title.  It’s only taken me seven or so months of blogging to get one.

I’m going to the Science Museum’s adult only night tonight.  I’m so excited.  It’s reminded me that my first visit there was in order to write a review for my first writing course assignment.  I wrote it, but it was double the length it was allowed to be, so in the end I went somewhere else and reviewed something else.  After sending the assignment in, I said to myself that I would continue to review places I went to, for practice writing different things.  I haven’t.  I think I might do one when I get home tonight/tomorrow.  I’ll definitely make notes on it anyway!

I left my book at work last night, so no reading on the tube home or coming to work this morning.  Don’t you just hate it when that happens! Especially when you’re reading a really good book.

I’m trying to practice touch typing, but it keeps making my arms ache.  I must be doing something wrong.  I need to find out the ideal sitting position to type, and do it.

I did some free writing this morning.  It turned into something very strange for me.  It was the beginning of a thriller. What?  Something that’s not chick lit?  Whatever is the world coming to?  I don’t think it will go anywhere as I can’t imagine I’d be able to think up enough to go in a thriller story.  I do envy good thriller writers, I can’t imagine being able to think up something that keeps readers on the edge of their seats for a whole novel.  Maybe one day, who knows where my writing journey will take me.

I’ve just found out Marian Keyes has a new book coming out in October.  Oh my god, and Cecelia Ahearn.  That’s my Christmas presents sorted!

Ok here’s something I’ve been meaning to write about.  And something I feel I’m missing.  Have you notices that a huge number of chick lit authors (the main ones I read) are Irish?  Is there something in the water over there that makes them amazing story tellers?  Would I have more success if I was Irish?  Should I move over there and pretend I am?  It’s strange isn’t it!

This is not a good idea.  The library I joined yesterday has an online catalogue.  I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes looking at it to find books, I’ve just added loads to my ‘to read’ list.  Damn, I’ll never get though it now!

Premature looking at goals

I know we’ve still got a few days left of August, but I felt I had to look at my goals for this month today.  Mainly because I feel like I’ve done LOADS of writing this month.  I have.  I’ve already beaten my goal of 10k – I’ve done 11.  Go me.

I’ve done quite a variety of different things this month:  I’ve done lots towards ‘holiday’, both planning and writing;  I’ve done lots of blogs on here; I’ve done quite a lot of random ‘just write’ writing; and written a couple of other things I’ve been inspired to write.  I don’t feel I’ve done all that much that would be productive, but at the same time, I’ve done lots of writing and the more writing you do, the better you get. I hope!

I’ve not read 2 novels yet.  I don’t think I’m even 100 words into one yet.  Oops.  This book’s good though, so I’ll defo get through that by the end of the month.  Maybe with this long weekend coming up I’ll even get onto the next one.  Doubtful, but possible. 

I’ve also done writing and blogs at the weekends.  I’m really happy about this, but I do feel I’ve slightly cheated on this.  Not cheated as such, but not that it’s a proper habit I’ve gotten into.  I usually spend weekends with my boyfriend, but this month we’ve been apart quite a bit.  On these days I’ve  been doing writing and blogs.  Ah.  The weekends I’ve spent with him I’ve not done anything.  See the pattern here?  I either need to stop spending weekends with him (not an option) or need to make a serious effort to do productive writing things when with him during the weekends.  I know by writing this, he will read this, and help to encourage me to do some (please hunny).

Last week I was looking at a post here on WordPress.  It was a story inspired by a photo that was given as a writing prompt on a website somewhere.  The story written inspired me to write a story, kind of following on from it, but not exactly.  I’m semi tempted to send my story to the original story’s writer.  Semi tempted.  That would be quite a cool thing to do if there was a group of writers.  One person writes a story from a prompt, then the next writes one inspired by the story, then the next inspired by that story and so on.  Hmmmmm.