Posted in competition, night off

Nonsense Writing

Tonight I have taken a break from the story and as promised I’ve started looking into short stories and checking out competitions.

I entered this little gem of a competition, Nonsense Writing, as a writer who often enjoys writing for this genre I had a fun evening coming up with this:

Clumsy Fruits

 

Justine the Orange was red.  She had been sunbathing too long and felt a bit crispy.  Her husband Dennis, the cucumber, was purple. He had fallen down the stairs and was heavily bruised.  This was their worst holiday yet.

Roderick the potato, was their holiday representative and green in colour because he was extremely unwell.  “Let me get someone who can help you” spoke Roderick through a sick bag.  With a click of his fingers he summoned over Billy the Lemon, he was blue for he had spilt ink from a fountain pen all over himself.  Roderick pointed to the couple and Billy took over “I’m sorry to hear you’re not having a great holiday but as you can see we are all having similar issues too” he motioned his arm around the office, everyone was effected by this sudden surge of clumsiness. “If I were you I’d get on the first plane out of here as soon as you can” and ushered them out of the door.

Together they looked a walking disaster so the local bar man, a human, turned them into a delicious smoothie because that’s what you do with fruit when it starts to go off.

Good luck to all writers who are currently entering competitions.  Catch you tomorrow.

Posted in personal

As A Writer Have You Ever…

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?

Posted in progress

The Chapter Moved Forward

 

(This picture sums up exactly what my thoughts have concluded tonight)

It’s been a challenge of a couple of days with thinking about the right direction for this chapter.  I can see it all in my head but expressing it from head to hands is like walking with a toddler. You know you can walk fast, the toddler thinks he can walk fast but when together, you, the parent, has to slow down and let the toddler learn how to catch up.  That’s how the writing feels currently.  Maybe it’s just the screenwriter in me just wanting to get the story down, maybe I’m just impatient, don’t get me wrong I am enjoying writing but it does get a bit frustrating from time to time.

264 is tonight’s word count but I finally came back to the present day in my story which I have been very keen on doing for a few days now.  A royal figure dipped into an old memory of his brother and that’s where I had been for a few days, tonight though he popped back into the present day – phew, thought he’d never get there!

Hope you enjoyed the read tonight.

 

Posted in project

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!

Posted in progress, Review

Review, Update & Tonight’s Writing

Last week I posted a blog about making some lifestyle changes, this was predominantly all about accommodating writing into my daily routine and to push back all the obstacles that prevented this (for such a long time too!).  The list is below, the comments next to each item describes the output –

WANTS (The things I’d love to do a lot more of)

Continue writing my book – Done! I had no expectations other than to write, no word count to achieve (I’m not ready for that yet), though I didn’t plan to be focusing on the scene I’m currently working on but I’m still happy to write it.

Gather a portfolio of work– Not achieved though this involves going into the attic and pulling down previous works and sifting through for small projects. It’s not critical but more of an ongoing item to tend to.

Learn more about WordPress – Not achieved the way I planned.  I had hoped to have taken an evening off from the story to focus on this platform but then it dawned on me that it’s only going to delay the writing at a time when there’s steam behind it, I’m just happy to churn these posts out and anything else magic that comes my way is an added bonus.

Go to the gym – I think I went twice last week but it’s not something I want to prioritise this week due to a bit of fatigue. If I’m too tired to write then I’m too tired to go out and exercise.

Give my cats more attention Not achieved at all. They get cuddles every day but this will be another ongoing item.  Sorry Spud and Rodney!

Meditate, do some Yoga, empty my mind of any stressesAchieved! The weird dreams have come back along with the heavy sleeping but I feel really mindful and when that doesn’t happen I’ve been meditating at night or have done some Yoga before a writing session.  

Read a book, listen to some musicAchieved both.  It’s a parenting book on “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk”, definitely a book I’d recommend. I’ve even tried a few methods on my husband and it works wonders! Music wise I’ve just listened to “Kerrang Radio”.

Watch a film on Netflix with my husband (have a night off from all of the above)Achieved.  We watched “Dr Who, An Adventure in Space and Time” and I really enjoyed it.  It was all about the idea of Dr Who coming together as an idea and how the BBC coped with it, it also followed it’s main star William Hartnell and his expectations of the role. If you’re a fan of Dr Who you have to watch this! It was certainly nice to switch off from the laptop for a couple of hours.

Overall some things weren’t achieved but the list is still just a baby, time for it to grow and mature into something greater.  Writing was the main thing I wanted and I got it.

The list below contained every obstacle preventing the above list from happening. Here’s how it panned out:

NEEDS (These tend to be the main priority

Ironing – I found a new little trick.  Get it done whilst my husband are bathing my children.  There’s a dead space in time between this and feeding my youngest and I never knew how to fill it, bearing in mind it’s only 15 minutes, I found the micro-ironing (I’m coining the term now) to be more effective way of ensuring it gets done and that also frees up time in the evening to write or go to the gym – WIN!

Odd jobs around the house I couldn’t achieve during the day – Achieved, simply by putting it the dead space like above. Another win

Shower – Stayed the same really, nothing epic to report on, might scrap this from the list.

Reply back to people in messaging services (something I dislike doing during the day if I know it’s going to be a long conversation, so I have to wait until my children are in bed before replying)  – 50/50 if I’m honest. I tried to wait until the end of the day but then it’d cut into the writing time.

Sorting out the plans for the next day or upcoming week e.g. make sure there’s plenty of food in the house for my children or make sure there’s cash in the house for play groups, and then acting accordingly – Not Achieved. This nearly backfired on me this morning getting ready for playgroup as I couldn’t find any money to go and was running late.  Luckily a sneaky few pounds found their way into my clutches!

What is interesting is that these results are also a positive outcome.  It does feel like the focus has shifted from the 2nd list to the 1st, there’s probably a way to go but generally I’m loving this idea and mentality. I might try and see what happens over the next 7 days and review again.

The word count tonight is roughly 200 words, I want the scene to continue but am trying to envision it playing out and the writing for it is a bit of a struggle, looking at different perspectives and reactions is harder than expected!

 

Posted in writing

Writing Update

I still feel very exhausted today though I got a good night’s sleep last night. I tried to do some writing this evening and I enjoyed the session but the words just aren’t coming so I’ll restore my head and see what tomorrow brings.  I must go to the gym but as soon as I get back I’ll open the laptop and crack on with the work.

At the start of the week I posted this Monday Update. It contained some things in my life which I’d like to prioritise along with a new way of thinking.  Tomorrow the results will be posted.

For now dear readers keep on blogging!

 

Posted in progress

My Hat Fell Off

After spending the afternoon looking forward to writing more on the novel, once my children were in bed, tonight’s post should have been talking lots of progress but low and behold my writing hat fell off! It goes on every evening and it’s like my work uniform, without it on the work does not happen.

To be fair I had a terrible night’s sleep last night (4 or so hours, that’s not been done in a long time) so it was probably my brain, who teamed up with gravity, that ensured the hat would not stay put. I should shout at my brain but she is sleepy and has already said sorry so I can’t stay mad at her can I?

I was meant to have tried some flash fiction tonight, suggested by other bloggers, but will try again tomorrow night.

Night night readers, be kind to your brains and let them sleep if they need it otherwise they wake up all cranky and make you pay the following day.

N.B – The term ‘writing hat’ is what I use when I get my mind into writing mode in case you were wondering.  I wish I had a big hat like in the first image but if it ended up in my household the cats would shred it and my children would try and sit in it!

Posted in personal

Mini Joke

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”.

 

Posted in progress

Count, Confession & Cats

Surprisingly I’ve been working later than 9:30pm which used to be where my brain would start shutting off.  It’s funny when I think about it but by writing constantly I have mentally got into a rhythm where from 8pm on wards it’s the optimal writing time and that is ideal for my situation.

Maybe it was the inspiration from today’s outing, we went to Stanley Park (dinosaur exhibition) a very beautiful and thrilling day out, or maybe it was the extra super duper large Starbucks Latte I drank around 8pm but it’s gone 10pm and I’m not in bed – ooo get me having a late night eh?

Saying that though, my writing hat has slipped off! I’m continuing the scene from last night, in the King’s office and you know when you’re writing and you get to a point and know you’ll have to heavily re-write a lot of it? that’s what’s happened tonight but I’m happy with the word count (800 on the nose) and the fact I’ve been writing in general so it’s been a good writing evening. Think I’ll go and try some meditation and clear my mind and enjoy the weird dreams undoubtedly that will swim into it.  Rodney my cat, was sick all over the rug tonight and that ever so brief interruption stopped my writing flow, but I got more words done tonight than last night where I had no interruption so I’m calling it a win still.

As I was thinking over yesterday’s writing session it came to my realisation that I’m preferring writing the direction of the story; setting the scene, the themes, the silliness of it more than writing the characters. I feel this is the ultimate sin of a writer and in a way feel this is wrong of me.  Surely a character should take precedence over everything as it’s their journey we follow, their thoughts and actions we resonate with? I wonder if you other writers think the same?

I shall see you all again tomorrow, same time, same blog.

 

 

Posted in personal, project, writing

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!