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July’s goals

OK.  June was terrible.  I have no idea what happened there, but it was terrible.  I don’t want to lay the blame elsewhere, but I do blame the day job.  Two reasons.  One: I hate it and am finding it very hard to get motivated to do anything because of this hate!  Two: procedures have changed and my role has so I have less time to dedicate to writing.

That said, I think if I have some set goals I’ll try a lot harder to keep to them than last month when I had none.  Fingers crossed anyway!  So here we go:

  • Write 8,000 words ( I feel like that is a realistic amount.  I managed 6,000 easily a couple of months ago, and that was in only 15 days.  I don’t want to make it too high as I’d like to spend some time editing and rewriting what I write – with a high goal I don’t seem to do that).
  • Finish reading Brown Girls by John Wesley Ireland. (I’m really enjoying this so it should be really easy to finish.)
  • Finish reading ‘How to write a novel’.  (I really shouldn’t do this, as I’m sure I’ll cover all this in my course, and I’m nowhere near that section of it yet, but I can’t help it; I really want to!)
  • Spend 10 hours on the writing course.  (That’s only 2 hours a week, that is nothing.  If I can’t do that, I have some serious problems!)
  • Review Brown Girls on here once I’ve read it.
  • Review Mercy (I should have done that in May/June – oops!)
  • 20 blogs on wordpress.

That seems fair.  Achievable. 

I’ll cross off one blog and a few words.  Yay!

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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…

In the future…

There’s a distinct possibility there will be no writing from me this week.  I am working at a different office where I sometimes have to actually do things.  As my working time is usually my time for writing I’m not sure what I’ll be able to do – even with good intentions to do some at home.

The good news is though, that I’ve nearly finished reading the current novel (Mercy, Jodie Picoult).  I’m really enjoying it – it’s very thought provoking.  In various ways.  I’d really like to be able to write something that would make someone else think that much about it, and really affect them.  Maybe one day.  Maybe if I do lots of writing to get there!

Poet?

I’m a poet and I don’t know-it.  I’m not really.  I’ve been running away from poetry since school when I was forced to do it.  I thought I didn’t like it.  But, someone sent me a link to a Haiku competition going on in London (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/18/poetry-twitter).  Haiku for those who, like me, don’t know is a simple Japanese poem.  Just three lines long with the syllable structure 5/7/5.  I thought I’d give it a go (what else would I do at work?) and am quite pleased with my little poem. 

I find it quite hard to get my head around these.  They’re so short that before you can even start to get into it, it’s over.  Someone also said it’s hard to be deep and meaningful in such a short piece of writing which I agree with.  I also find syllables hard to get my head around sometimes, especially -ed words.  Luckily, I found a website dedicated to just this (http://www.howmanysyllables.com/).  Genus. 

If anyone reading this could please let me know how to set up the links I’m posting as a one word link as I’ve seen other people do, I would be eternally grateful.  I’m sure it’s quite easy, but I don’t have time to look today and keep forgetting, so please please let me know.

I started reading Mercy by Jodie Picoult again on the tube this morning.  I had started it about six months ago, but just didn’t find the time to continue.  She’s one of those authors that I think I’m not that keen on, and don’t immediately get drawn into the novels, but if I persist I really love.  I’m going to spend more of my travel time reading.  My goals for the last two months have been to read one novel a month.  One novel is not enough.  I need to read read read.  My writing course tutor said that too.  That was a couple of months ago when I was reading more than I am now.

I’m trying to take a couple of days holiday in June to try and finish this assisgnment for the course.  I always say I’ll do it at the weekend, but the weekend comes and other things come up so I never get round to it.  I hope by taking these days off I will have no distractions from other people around (they’ll all be at work) so I’ll concentrate!

Also in these two days I’m going to organise my writing.  At the moment I just write whatever into an email, then send it to myself then file it in a ‘writing’ folder.  I need more than this.  I feel like I need to get my ideas straight (especially ‘Holiday’, but all my writing bits I’m doing).

I love it when a plan comes together (I really mean starts, I just wanted to say that!).