It’s been a very long time since I put any sort of writing update on here but I’ve been itching to do it lately, so here it goes.
Project Robot, a story loosely Christmas related, is something I’ve to tried to re-write today went well but there’s so much I need to change. The second draft of it is underway and it’s a bit disheartening to think I may need a couple of extra re-writes before I feel it’s ready for publication.
Project three, my favourite project out of everything I’ve ever done has been sent to agencies. I’ve only done it recently and feel quite bad as it was ready months ago but only recently has the motivation come back into my life.
I have actually been paid to write articles over the past couple of months and have loved living the dream – being paid actual, real-life money to write. I just wish it was on a more permanent basis. I need to find more clients or better websites that will hire me for my talents.
Not to use it as an excuse but I’m 6 months pregnant with twins so I tend to be lethargic in the evenings and haven’t pushed myself to do any more than the above. I really hope that in 12 months time, I’ll have another publication in Christopher Fielden’s “Nonsensically Challenged”, a bit more of a steady income, more completed work, all while juggling 4 children!.
I think one thing that will help with motivation is posting a bit more on my blog, so you’ll definitely see more of these posts and more picture book reviews. I must stick with this momentum and carry on!
Tuesdays are typically my Starbucks-Writing day. Today I didn’t feel like going, whether it’s the weather – the lack of any sort of cold anywhere, or my ideas didn’t feel like being typed out with the help of a Latte, I’ll never know. Instead, I ran a few errands and was home before 10am. For the first time in days, I opened up Project Three and edited a bit more.
I think one more draft, and then it’ll be sent off for submission – if I’m honest, I think that’ll happen by the end of the week, it’s that close to the end. I’m looking forward to having another piece of work sent out into the ether, waiting for a positive response. It will happen one day. It has to.
Tonight I’ve sat and gone through project three, my personal favourite for many reasons and I’m happy with the results so far. Either tomorrow or in a few days I plan to go back to it and edit again, eliminate everything wrong with it etc. As it’s a rhyming story it is somewhat harder to polish up as there are challenging restrictions but in two hours I’ve managed to do a significant rewrite on the original, so I’m going to leave it there and let the dust settle for now.
Currently, my google searches mostly consist of
- “What rhymes with …”
- “Synonyms for …”
They have helped massively.
If you’ve written a rhyming story, have you got any advice or tips you’d like to share?
Unbelievably, in the hottest week of the year, I have somehow, miraculously come down with a cold. On the plus side, my hay fever has subsided dramatically, but I’m left with sore bones, a blocked nose and a general ill feeling. I wasn’t able to write last night but will more than make up for it tonight instead.
I was looking forward to project three for ages as well!
What do you do when illness strikes? Do you take some time off away from writing or do you plough on through?
P.S I use the word ‘miraculously’ in a negative way, as in, I don’t sit there and wish for illnesses to happen.
I have found myself forever checking my inbox endlessly throughout the day, and I need to stop doing it.
I have distractions and other projects to work on, but this stage is more about a test of patience and preparation.
It’s been a while but I aim to get back on track and let the creative juices flow. My youngest has started nursery recently with his brother which means I’m all on my own for several hours in the mornings and I thought what better way to spend it than writing? here I am sat in a very chilled out Starbucks, with a latte. I have 4 projects to edit and illustrate (still not sure how to go about the latter) so I will crack on with that and get back in the swing of things.
Happy writing everyone.
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.
Though I’m concentrating on Project Robot I was rummaging through my creation drawer and found an idea I want to progress with. It’s about a dragon who has hayfever. With relating to this subject a lot I figure it’ll just be another short story for my children. I think if I write enough stories I’ll put them in some sort of collection for publishing.
So that’s where I’m at with writing. The momentum is there and the motivation to keep at it is also there so win win!
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!
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!