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Challenge Completed!

Good evening all. Thank you for your many likes and comments about this project, I really appreciate it.

Tonight I sent off work to find an agent. Through my hayfevery eyes I’m pleased to have found that fire within to get to this point. The fire that says “you can do it woman, if you can spend an evening googling ‘icanhascheeseburger’ then you must surely have time to get stories out of your brain”. Well I listened, did it, ate some chocolate, watched a bit of TV in between but I DID IT!!!

So while I say goodbye to one project (for now) I’ve already got new ideas sprouting but have opted to concentrate on finishing my other work. Project 2 is next on the cards.

This is where I could do with another 12 hours or so added to every day. That way I could easily get everything I wanted doing, done.

Will be posting very soon with an update. Keep on writing and listen to your own fires!

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Project 4 Update

Hello readers, I have been writing a bit more of my newest project on and off lately. It’s easy to write but as it’s a rhyming childrens story I’m hoping to keep it shorter than my 3rd project which was epic at nearly 700 words.

My other book, Nonsensically Challenged Volume 2 will be published next month too, make sure to check back here for updates.

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Project 3 Complete

Good evening all! I think one of my last updates was on the subject of my current project. Well good news, I have the first draft done. I feel a bit emotional as it’s a story I’ve had swirling around my brain for years and to think I’ve done the first stage of it has made me feel quite sad – but equally excited. It’s based on my eldest and was always planned for him (and now his brother) but I think I need a couple of days for it to sink in, let the completion feeling sink right in!

Before I went to project 3 tonight I actually sat at the laptop, opened up a new word document and started on project 4. It’s in a super early stage, as in I don’t know how I want it to end, the theme or style but I’m sure after some sleeps my brain will come up with something. It’ll be aimed at 5+ year olds, that’s for sure.

How is everyone else getting on? I’m getting emails about a March 2018 Na-No-Wri-Mo but I don’t have enough substance or momentum to participate this time, maybe next time though.

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Project 3 Update

I’ve been busy writing my 3rd small project tonight and have decided to turn the story into a rhyming story for children.  I haven’t done any rhyming in a while and I have so many ideas of how I want the story to go I’m stopping for the night while I plot it all out.

The story is about a dragon who has hayfever!

I’ve read a lot of books to my children today, usually we do read quite a bit but with it being world book day I wanted to get moving with this project a bit more.  I think, because there are so many options when it comes to rhyming, this story may take a bit longer than expected to finish but I still hope for a finish at the very latest by next week.

I’m really enjoying it though to the point where it feels a bit overwhelming, hence the break for tonight but will easily have it done for next week.

 

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Creative Writing With My Son: The Beginning

Every time my children received cards for occasions like birthdays or Christmas I’ve been snipping up the characters, trucks, numbers – basically anything appealing on the cards so they don’t go straight in the bin.

I didn’t quite know what to do with this box as my children would typically just open it and pour all the contents on the floor, so I was ready to attic it.

Then my breakthrough came over a week ago.

I started telling visual stories with it! using a ‘random selection’ method to progress the story. So my eldest held a cut out of Lightning McQueen and we just went nuts. He was at the shops and bumped into Father Christmas and they went on an adventure and met a purple alien who invited them round for tea.

To my delight my children love this!!

I need to now incorporate this creativity into writing. I’ll have to do all the writing but if I can keep each story I think it’ll encourage my children to be more creative and think like little writers.

Cards aren’t just a waste of money after all!

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Project Robot Update #2

Tonight I finished the robot story.  It’s aimed at young children and as there’s over 1300 words I’ll need to cut down a chunk of it at some point but the completion is what I’m focusing on currently.

I’m really pleased that in a short space of time I’ve wrote 2 stories, with a 3rd already on the way. I haven’t illustrated anything for the original project but I have ideas.  With not having deadlines for any sort of publishing I’m just enjoying the writing part at this moment in time.

 

 

 

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Project Robot

I didn’t think I’d be starting this so soon but over 700 words later I’ve churned through most of this project already.  It’s aimed at young children and is loosely based on a very well known Christmas song, though there’s nothing Christmassy about this story.

Keep on writing fellow writers and never stop doing it!

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Must Write, Must Write!

I need a deadline, a new project, something smaller and manageable.

A goal for the next month is to start a new project and have a basic outline and ideas formed.

I will keep you posted with the idea but in all honesty I think I’ll be heavily condensing my novel down into a much smaller story.

Now I’ve posted this it means I now need something to show for it!

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Some News

Today it dawned on me that the novel I’m writing is going to take a long long time to finish, we’re talking at least another 12 months and with the downside to this being no sense of real accomplishment in the meanwhile I have decided to work on a small project. When I look at the current word count (9000) I am happy but it’s hard to keep the momentum going every day, especially when this is new and there’s the potential to throw the towel in and be done with it altogether.

I will still continue with the novel, with an aim to send to publishers, but I’d also like to try self publishing some short stories for children. On the days when the novel and its world just doesn’t want to escape my brain and be released on paper I’ll switch to the short stories.

There are no deadlines for either projects but to keep the motivation there I think this is the best option.  There are some ideas I’d like to play around with, let’s see where they get me.

Has anyone else gone through the same experience?

Happy writing bloggers!

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University Projects

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!