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!)
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.
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!
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!