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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.

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!

April’s goals

As I decided last week, I have made myself some goals for April.  It’s half way through, so I have taken this into consideration.  It’s a lot, but as I’m pretty broke this month I won’t be going out which will leave me with lots of time to complete.
  • Read the current book of modules (3) for my writing course.
  • Complete Assignment 2 for the writing course (start and finish should I say)
  • Write 6,000 words in any form (on here, fiction, assignments etc)
  • Complete x blogs on here (this being number one)
  • Finish the book I’m reading
  • Write review of the book I’m reading on here.
  • Write down 8 night’s dreams/day dreams.
Not too much for 16 days.  Umm……  Not to make excuses, but I’ve got a horrible cold, so don’t see myself doing much over the next few days.  Except the reading. 
 
I’m reading Marian Keyes ‘This Charming Man’ – still.  I’ve been reading it for maybe a month.  It was really hard to get into, because to start with I hated one of the main characters, but now I’m into it I can’t put it down.  I even gave up my 20 minute walk at lunch to read it.  I’m probably going to have to finish it tonight (lack of sleep will not do the cold any good, but I am addicted to it!!)
 
I really should have done some of this over the (long) weekend.  I did however do two days’ waitressing, I figure I can’t do everything (yep, excuses!).

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 🙂

And now for the planning…

I didn’t do as much of my course this weekend as I would’ve liked.  Or as much reading.  Oops.  To be honest it was to be expected.  I never do that much over the weekend.  I managed to find time to do some gardening and playing on the Xbox though, tut tut me.  At least the gardening is worth it (carrots and lettuce in a few months time!).

 

I did start reading Module four of the course.  One section of it was on titles.  YAY. The Bain of my life (in writing anyway).  It’s still going to be very hard for me to make them up.  I’m going to try doing them at the end of the piece of writing not the beginning (just use a working title while writing) because then I’ll know what I’ve written about.  What I also need to do is plan my writing.  At the moment I just write what write as I go, which to be honest I’ve always known was wrong but now I’ve been told!  So planning is the way forward! 

 

I also stated to read my new book – This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.  I’ve not found it as engaging as I usually find her books from the off.  But, it’s written as kind of a diary and a lot of the sentences start without ‘I am’ (e.g. it would say ‘Back at home’ not ‘I’m back at home’) and I’m finding it a little too… casual maybe?.  I’ve just realised it’s written in the present tense (I think – I will need to check that).  Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it – it’s a good story, and I’m only hearing one person’s view at the moment – there are three more to come. 

 

On Friday I was messing about on the internet, I wanted to write something, but had no idea what I wanted to write.  I found this site that suggests things to write to improve your writing, ranging from rewriting a fairy tale from another person’s perspective, to writing an excuse for not working today.  There’s literally 100s of ideas.  It’s such a good website.  Not that I’ve actually done anything from it, but I will.  If I can work out how to add a link I’ll add it (if I can’t it’s creativewritingprompts.com). 

 

I’m going to make a plan for this week.  Things I want to achieve this week.

  • Read modules four, five and six of the writing course.
  • Make notes on what I will write for assignment two (this may be harder than I think as I might need to do a lot of research before hand.  If I do, this can change to doing the research for it).

 

That seems to be my list.  It looks so short and easy.  I bet it won’t be.  I have decided I’m going to make notes on the course in another note book for easy reference.  I keep saying these things.  I need to start doing them!