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Today’s thoughts

After the madness of Nano, I decided to take a bit of time off writing.  Actually I didn’t really decide before December, I decided it on 1st when I couldn’t be bothered to write anything.  On 2nd it also sounded like a good idea, so again I did nothing.  Yesterday I did nothing, until 5pm when the realisation hit me that I NEEDED to finish Italian Infatuation; especially as I was only about 500 words away. 

So I picked it back up, and finished it. Yay! I couldn’t believe how hard it was to do that after only 2 days off.  There’s a lesson to me – don’t stop until you’re done.  I finished it, in just over 500 words.  Bringing my total to 50,600 ish. 

I’m now going  to leave it alone until the new year when I’ll read it through then start the editing process.  I think.  The problem is, I’ve just read the Nano website’s ‘What next?’ blog, and I really want to get on with it.  I’m not going to though.

I spent a lot of time last night thinking about ‘Holiday’.  It’s such a mess, I think my first task with it will be putting the different documents together.  That in itself will be a massive job as there’s probably about 8 of them, each one a different scene, most of them not finished!  But I loved writing II (as I like to call Italian Infatuation)  because it was just one document, and easy to pick up because I was writing the same thing daily, not flitting about over different scenes. 

Having said that, I used to like deciding what to write on that day, so having different scenes was good.  No, I’m going to put it all together and do as one.  I can always miss bits out and go back later if I want to jump to another scene or something. 

It’s December:  I’m allowed to buy books again.  After October when I bought about 6 books, which caused my ‘to read’ pile to become two high for most of the length of my bookshelf, my boyfriend decided I wasn’t allowed to buy ANY books in November.  He had no right to say this, as we don’t live together, share money etc. But he was right, I have too many books, and I keep borrowing other books from the library instead of reading the ones I have.  So I agreed, and stuck to it.  But now it’s December.  Woo hoo.  But I’m now broke after so much time off work (my company don’t pay ‘sick pay’ and Statutory Sick Pay is a joke – less than £16 a day – WTF!!!) and with the hint of Christmas and present buying presents, that I think I can’t afford to buy any.  Why is life so hard??  There is a silver lining though, I get presents too.  And I have people asking what I’d like for Christmas.  I need to start my list.  Actually I can just copy it from my ‘To Read’ page.  I need to update it then…

I’ve just realised how much faster, and accurate, my touch typing has got in the last month.  I now hardly ever look at the key board; I do more when I’m thinking about typing not typing what I’m thinking – if that makes sense.  Another good result of Nano!! 🙂

I keep thinking I’m done with this post, but then remember something else.

I changed my mind about reading the Dan Brown book.  I decided instead of borrowing a book off my boyfriend, I’d read one from my to read pile.  (Actually it hadn’t even made it to the pile, it’s been hovering on my desk in a ‘I’m about to read that so not going to put it away’ way.)  I thought it was chick lit, but I having read the first 30 odd pages I think it probably qualifies as Young Adult instead.  That surprised me, but as I’ve not read any from this genre since I was a ‘young adult’ myself, I’m quite happy about it.  I’m expanding my reading base 🙂

Right, now I’m done!!

August’s results

It’s September.  Which leads me to think 2 things.  1 – Oh my god.  It’s September.  How did that happen?  It will be Christmas soon (sorry!). and 2 – I’m going on holiday soon.  So excited.  9 days away from the office job.  So incredibly excited!

So.  August’s results.  Here are my goals and whether I achieved them or not:

  • Write 10,000 words.  I achieved more than this last month so no reason why I can’t do the same this month.  Yes!  I wrote a total of… wait for it… 13,049. 
  • Read two novels.  Lee Child’s Bad Luck and Trouble, not sure of the second yet – probably one of the new chick lits that’s out.  I read one.  It wasn’t this one.  It was High Society by Ben Elton.
  • Join the library near work.  I’ve been meaning to do this for months and never got round to it.  I really need to do this.  Done.
  • Work on my writing course.  I’m not going to put a certain amount of this but just doing SOME of it would be good.  I NEED to get back into the habit of doing it.  Hmmm. I’ve thought about it.  I’ve talked about it.  I’ve even talked it through with someone.  I picked up the module book to read.  I read a paragraph.  *hangs head in shame* 
  • Write out my ‘Idea cards’ for ‘Holiday’ and create a story board for it.  I started doing this, but only started.
  • Practice touch typing more.  I’ve taught myself how to do this using an online program,  but I’m still pretty slow.  If I can get my speed up I’ll be able to write things as I think of them and not have to remember where my train of thought was going while I slowly write the sentence before.  I have been doing a lot more of this.  Not practicing as such, but not letting myself look at the keyboard at all.  I’ve done a few speed tests and I’ve increase it by a couple of words a minute – ever little helps!
  •  20 blogs on WordPress.  I was 2 short last month, so if I can be consistent from the beginning of the month I should easily achieve this.  21 done.  Yes!
  • Write at least one blog on a Saturday or Sunday.  I’m terrible at doing ANY writing at weekends and want to change that.  If I can start with baby steps maybe I can train myself to do it regularly.  As that’s when I have the most free time, I really should be doing more with it! I wrote 3 weekend blogs. Lets hope this is a habit I can continue.

All in all I’m actually quite happy with what I’ve done this month.  Considering I’ve been pretty ill with these silly headaches and dizziness for most of the month, I think I’ve done pretty well.  The only thing I’m really disappointed in myself for is not working on the writing course.  I have however got it in the forefront of my mind, so I think pretty soon I’ll be actually getting on with it (she says!)

I’ll work on September’s goals tomorrow – they’ll be a lot less than this due to my holiday (did I mention I’m going on holiday in 10 days…?).

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!

August’s goals

Here we go.  Goals for August are as follows:

  • Write 10,000 words.  I achieved more than this last month so no reason why I can’t do the same this month. 
  • Read two novels.  Lee Child’s Bad Luck and Trouble, not sure of the second yet – probably one of the new chick lits that’s out.
  • Join the library near work.  I’ve been meaning to do this for months and never got round to it.  I really need to do this.
  • Work on my writing course.  I’m not going to put a certain amount of this but just doing SOME of it would be good.  I NEED to get back into the habit of doing it. 
  • Write out my ‘Idea cards’ for ‘Holiday’ and create a story board for it.
  • Practice touch typing more.  I’ve taught myself how to do this using an online program,  but I’m still pretty slow.  If I can get my speed up I’ll be able to write things as I think of them and not have to remember where my train of thought was going while I slowly write the sentence before.
  •  20 blogs on WordPress.  I was 2 short last month, so if I can be consistant from the beginning of the month I should easily achieve this.
  • Write at least one blog on a Saturday or Sunday.  I’m terrible at doing ANY writing at weekends and want to change that.  If I can start with baby steps maybe I can train myself to do it regularlly.  As that’s when I have the most free time, I really should be doing more with it!

Phew.  Lets see how I get on with them.  I might print them out and read everyday to keep them fresh in my mind daily.  Or something.

I’ve got lethologica

Well,  I don’t really, I just love the word.  If (like me until this morning) you don’t know what it means, it’s an inability to remember the word you’re looking for.  So very soon, when I forget it, I’ll have lethologica about ‘lethologica’.  Love it!  It is a useful word though, I often suffer from it when I’m writing!

Good news!  I found the Blueberry yogurt story.  Yes, I did in fact email it to myself.  Phew.  When I found it though, I was slightly upset!  Only the first 100 or so words  were actually written into a story; all the rest was in note form.  I knew it wasn’t finished, but didn’t realise it was that not finished!  Something for me to focus on.

I’ve just remembered that when I went for a walk at lunch time I thought of how some of a scene for ‘Holiday’ would go.  Two scenes in fact.  Need to write them down!  ASAP.

I also thought of a name for the main character.  It works really well.  I’m very happy about that.  Now they both (the hero too0 have names.  I can stop calling them ‘he’ and ‘her’ etc.  Big relief.

I tried an on-line typing test yesterday.  I thought I’d got really good at it after taking some on-line lessons here a few months ago, turns out I was wrong.  I got a score of 28 wpm.  Damn that’s bad.  It was because I kept making mistakes.  Need to work on that.  A lot.  Now in fact!

Positive feelings flowing

Today I am having very positive feelings.  I’m not too sure of the reason(s) behind this, but it may be one of several (or a combination of them). 

The weather is warm.  I have been told that today is predicted to be the warmest of the year so far.  I was cold on the way to work this morning, but that was three hours ago.  Apparently it’s now warm.  This means summer’s on it’s way.  Summer always makes me feel happy and positive.  Who knows why I choose to live in this cold rainy country!

I finished the book I was reading last night.  Yes, I stayed up too late finishing it last night, yes I am very tired because of it, but it was worth it. 1am isn’t as bad as 2am or later.  Really enjoyed it.  Marian Keyes – The Charming Man.  This is the kind of thing I want to write.  If I can do it even half as well as her, I’ll be happy. 

Finishing the book means I can cross one thing off my ‘to do’ list for this month. YES!  That always makes me feel good.  Just another eight million things to go (exadurate? Me? Never!).

I read a blog yesterday where the author had made a decision to set a timer for once an hour at work, and when it goes off, she will write for five minutes.  I think that is such a good idea, I have decided to do the same.  That will really help towards the 6,000 words I want to write this month.  I started it an hour ago.  I planned a scene from the ‘holiday book’, and started writing it.  After five minutes I wanted to write more.  So I did.  Half an hour and 600 words later I stopped.  Nice.  I am lucky (today I feel happy about it anyway) that my job is so quiet I can do it.  Yes, I’m interrupted by having to answer the phone every few minutes, but at a quick transfer and they’re gone.  I’ve started both the novel and my word count for the month.  Excellent. 

My touch typing is also going really well.  I don’t need to look at the keyboard.  Yay.  Also not looking at the keyboard means I’m looking at the screen so picking up spelling mistakes as they happen not at the end.  I’m saving loads of time correcting the spelling at the end of writing anything.  My spell check must be in shock at the lack of work.

So all in all today’s a good, positive day.  And it’s not even lunchtime 🙂

(Plus 450+ words on here, that’s a daily total of more than 1,000 today.  At this rate I’ll go well over my 6,000 target!!).

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 🙂