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New way of thinking

Yesterday I wrote the basic plot for the whole of the holiday novel.  I need to do it more detailed with scenes etc, and need to make a few decisions on things that will happen, but the basic plan is there.  I’m hoping that this new way of thinking (planning ahead of time) will mean I’ll get a little further than the 6,000 words I wrote for the last one. 

I told someone the plot yesterday, and they thought it sounded good.  Woo hoo.  Just hope I can make it good on paper.  I’m still feeling very positive (even though I have the worst cold – no man flu – ever, and it’s raining).  It is helping that I’m doing well for my word count this month.  Also that I get time to write when I’m at work is brilliant – if I didn’t have time, god knows where I’d fit time in.

I’m nearly through all the modules I have to read before I can start on my next assignment for the writing course.  I’m going to try to read that at lunch time so I can maybe make a start on it over the weekend.  I have a rough idea what it is.  When I first (accidentally) started reading about it, it scared the life out of me, but now I feel much more positive and like I will be able to do it.  I think it is analysing a magazine I regularly read and think I would one day like to try to sell articles for.  We’ll see though. 

This plan for April really seems to be helping.  I’ve managed to cross a few things off it already, which is inspiring me to do more to cross off more.  It also means I have something to blog about again.  It was hard to make an interesting blog when there was nothing to write about.  Now I have something I’m excited about I feel like my blog is interesting again (if only to me).

I guess that’s all for now (really want to add ‘folks’ to that in some kind of thing like that rabbit that says it.  Oh dear!).  I’ll try to blog over the weekend – I really should get in the habit of doing that – my track record is terrible for it!

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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 🙂