With my favourite show back on TV (1 of 2, the other being The Flash which has also started up again this week), my evenings are taken up with Strictly Come Dancing. I’m an armchair judge, loving celebs which I never cared for, dancing with their pro’s and I’m happily looking forward to watching each episode.
As a result there won’t be much opportunity to write at the weekends but I’m OK with that.
Hope you are all keeping busy and will update in due course.
Though I sound like an old school thespian the reality is that I’m struggling to write these days. Are there any suggestions or quotes that can kick me back into gear?
My children are my inspiration. Every day something new happens and I stop and think about just how amazing they really are. Smaller versions of my husband and I, with unique personalities and traits.
My cats inspire me in other ways. When I think of them I cannot imagine life without them. They filled a space in my heart when everything felt dark and uncertain. They enrich my life.
Today my husband filled me with inspiration. He ran the great north run alongside thousands of others. Though I did not catch his face on TV, when watching the sea of people running for many good causes or sport it brought warmth to my heart that he participated. He is flat out asleep now (he is usually such a night owl!) and as much as he’s run many events before this one felt different to me. I don’t think he has realised just how proud I am of him and that I am also extremely humbled by his ultimate passion. He has come a long way to get to this point but he has continually showed that determination, positivity, persistence and hope are key to success. Not just in running but life in general.
Keep doing what you’re doing James, with every day that passes you do more and more for our children, cats and myself than you realise. What an amazing achievement today.
Today I received a message saying I’d been nominated for a blogger recognition award, thank you to https://thepoweroftheprintedwordsite.wordpress.com/ for the nomination.
* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
How I Started My Blog:
I think this should be more of a ‘why’ than a ‘how’ but it pretty much boiled down to wanting to write a book. The motivation just wasn’t there when it was just me and the laptop but now updating readers on the progress has spurred me on to write, even if it is only 100 words a night!
Advice to New Bloggers:
- Don’t ever prioritise your blog over your passion, otherwise you’ll lose focus like I have!
- Be polite and supportive with your readers
- If you’re wanting longevity with your blog make sure you do your homework with keeping the readers interested. Research and react accordingly to your niche.
Good luck other nominees!
Purposely written a hateful character based on your experiences with someone rather unpleasant in real life?
Have you ever submitted a finished piece of work with spelling mistakes (only realising afterwards on this error)?
Have you gotten close to the end and just given up?
After the initial idea have you ever felt disappointed when you’ve researched and discovered it’s already been done by someone else?
What if your idea just doesn’t have enough momentum behind it but you’re eager to write something, what do you do?
Apart from the last question these are the things I think about from time to time, either regarding others or just a personal ponder. What do you think about?
Inspired by breakfast today, a little joke I will tell my children when they’re older and hopefully still have a great sense of humour.
An egg goes to the doctors, feeling a bit unhinged and a little confused on reality. He burst through the doors “Doctor I’m seeing people walk on clouds and the floor is made of chips, I think I’m nuts” finished the egg. “Don’t be silly, how can you be nuts when you’re an egg?” the Doctor reassured him before continuing “You’re just cracking up”.
Back in 2006 I went to University, it feels like it was a long long looong time ago but when I think of college or starting a full time job for the first time, in relation it really wasn’t that long ago.
The first is called ‘Famopoly’. If memory serves right this was done as part of an assignment in a visual media class, the idea was to create a documentary of your choice and then to turn it into a visual output. The class loved it and laughed at all the right moments which boosted my confidence as a writer and potentially a director too. My then boyfriend (now husband) helped with the visual side of things as it was permitted but as for calling the shots I was in charge.
This one was from a writing class, the University wanted industry experts to tutor and in came a chap called Ric Michael. At introduction I wasn’t sure who he was but I learnt he worked at a production company called Baby Cow and they had recently produced a lot of comedy shows, one of which was called Gavin and Stacey and that was pretty big back then. For those who aren’t sure, it starred James Corden, the now chat show host!
As an idea to get to know us all as students we all had to pair off with someone in the class (I couldn’t pick my husband before you ask) and I grouped together with this man called Tony. The next exercise was to tell each other about what our weekends had been like and then we’d have to write a quick story based on the other person.
Tony went on to say he had been insulating this guy’s roof and that’s the only thing I took from the chat and so turned it into the below ( Thanks again Tony for having an inspirational weekend, where ever you are!)My tutor absolutely loved the output. The video was something I did in my spare time, and again my husband captured all the images necessary where I just cracked the whip to ensure my vision was kept intact (He will probably read this later and want a discussion on the matter!)
I just watched this video before typing this blog and forgot about the teensy weensy bit of bad language, viewers beware.
My writing style hasn’t changed much since that time but that’s mostly down to the fact I haven’t written continuously since then, maybe I have a mature eye these days so there’s a natural shift in the writing style. Time will tell I guess.
I’d love to know what you think!
Tonight I tried a little exercise suggested from bloggers Uninspired Writers.
The idea is to get you thinking about your protagonist more and included some helpful pointers to ponder whilst writing. It sounds easy enough doesn’t it?
I found it a lot more difficult than expected! however my character isn’t fully developed yet, mostly ideas with a general journey plotted for them so I couldn’t yet go into too much detail. I might even try this again further down the line to see how the letter differs.
Here is what I said, I have kept the name hidden and used his animal type as the replacement name.
Thought’ I’d drop a little inspiration to you as I believe you’re not in a good place currently. It can’t be easy feeling down in the dumps especially living in a village that’s vibrant and full of life at every turn. I hope one day your dreams will come true and that you’ll feel loved and be loved by someone who’ll never leave your side.
I heard that no one gives you the time of day, that must be difficult considering you have a lot of siblings to compete against, I would have thought it’d be easy for you to be amongst people but I guess I’m wrong there, sorry about that!
There is hope for you but you must have confidence in yourself and rise over the fear which battles internally. There is a time for thinking and time for doing and I think you’ve done enough to finally go out into the world and show them what you’ve got. Go get ‘em.
Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
I felt a bit uneasy writing this if I’m honest, I’m no good with personal expression especially when it’s so heart felt. It is a personal exercise but on the plus side the result has given me a lot of questions to ask (and answer), more character development ideas and has actually helped the overall plot line, I can see it clearer in my head and my notes now. So thanks to Uninspired Writers for inspiring! I definitely recommend giving this a go.
Source:An Open Letter to my Protagonist…
What do you do when you really want to write but are unable to for 6 hours? It’s frustrating to say the least. I have to wait until my children are in bed but my brain is wanting to write in the middle of the day!
So yesterday I wrote a list of things I want to do more of vs the things I have to do daily and am hoping by focusing on the ‘ ‘wants’ they will slowly shift priority and become part of a normal routine.
As my Monday is drawing to a close I’m proudly able to say I have done the following today:
Gone to the gym
Listened to some music
And I’ve done nothing from the list of typical daily things!
I’m mostly proud for doing the meditation because at the gym I felt like I was majorly daydreaming and not focusing properly on what my body was doing. It felt like my head and body were out of sync. So I searched youtube and found a guided meditation which made me feel centred, refreshed and back in control. As a side note can anyone recommend any good medititions apps or youtube videos? I tend to only look for them when I desperately need them and get myself more worked up!
Because I felt really out of sync I could not think about writing my story tonight. It is only Monday so there’s plenty of opportunity to do that this week. I hope I won’t get down in the dumps over it.