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Friday, 24 February 2012

Weekly Writing - Editing Starts Here

I've decided to stop taking part in 100k In 100 Days due to lack of writing last week... and this week.

Plus I have the urge to start editing again. I only ever got about ten pages in to my NaNo 2010 so I think I'm going to print them out again and start from scratch.

To be honest I didn't really have a clue what I was doing when I first started editing it... I don't have that many more clues about it now either.

So I have replaced the progress bar on the left side of my blog with two things. One will be telling you how many words I've written that week (a week being Saturday to Friday). The other will tell you how many pages I've edited during the week.

I was going to put how many words I've edited... but that doesn't really give a realistic view of how much editing I would have actually done. I could read 250 words, not change one of them (unlikely) and claim that I'd edited them. So editing will be done by the page (A4 piece of paper).

But I have links from this week.

One is about writing prompts from Steven Chapman's blog.

And the other is 25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called "Aspiring" Writers from the Terrible Minds blog - it made me laugh :)

I must away now - there's editing to be done... ooh what's on TV? ;)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Weekly Writing - What Writing?

Last week I claimed to be clinging to the wagon.

Well this week I've fallen off the wagon completely and am now sitting in the dust watching the wagon roll away from me. Or in layman's terms I haven't written anything this week.

We had to have our dog put to sleep this week so I haven't felt like writing... at all.

But recently I have been feeling more inclined to edit but due to me taking part in 100k in 100 Days I decided to wait.

So this break in proceedings has had me wondering whether or not to throw in the towel and start editing.

If I feel the urge to write next week then I will pick myself up, dust myself off and chase after the wagon. If there is no urge to write next week then I will set up camp where I am and edit until the next wagon comes along.

I'm getting very in to this wagon metaphor - had you noticed at all?

Let us wait and see what next week has in store for me...

Monday, 13 February 2012

The Origins Blogfest

Today's the day!

The Origins Blogfest has arrived - hosted by DL Hammons (there are co hosts too but I am led to believe that it was DL Hammons' idea) all you have to do is:

On Monday, February 13th, you should post your own origin story.  Tell us all where your writing dreams began.  It could be anything from how you started making up stories as a child, or writing for the school newspaper, or even what prompted you to start a blog.  How about stories about the first time somebody took an interest in your writing, or the teacher/mentor that helped nudge you along and mold your passion, or maybe the singular moment when you first started calling yourself a writer.  It all started somewhere and we want you to tell us your own, unique, beginnings.

Well my origin story is fairly simple. Being a writer is the first thing that I remember wanting to be. I could read before I started school and in my first years of school I remember books by Roald Dahl (the link takes you to a website that is kind of noisy... just warning you in case you are at work... or in a library.) Roald Dahl was one of my favourite childhood writers and I remember reading his books and wanting to invent such stories myself.

But then for some reason I began to look at other possible career paths... I wanted to be a nurse (like my Mum), a headteacher. For quite a few years I wanted to be an archaeologist.

It was around this time that I started making notes for a vampire story (I must have sensed the trend of the future). I still have the notes for that story somewhere.

Then I wanted to be a fashion designer. But my design A Level (which had nothing to do with fashion I might add) fell apart and I only did one year of it - I wasn't very good at the practical bits. Had it actually have been fashion I might have done better - I'm not bad with a sewing machine.
So then I went to university and studied Art History, quickly discovered that jobs in this area are few and far between - they come along once in a blue moon and you have to enter in to a gladiator style tournament to get through the interview process... OK so I made up that last bit but it is still a tough career path to get on to if you want to actually be paid for it (getting to be a volunteer is much easier... but I couldn't live off of it).

So I was unemployed for a year, I finally managed to get a job in a solicitors' office working with the archives. Which I kind of like. I can be organised, I work on my own most of the time. But on a particularly stressful day when my workload had been filled with 'can I have's, 'I want's and 'get me's with no hint of pleases or thank yous I looked around my office and thought that I couldn't do it forever. As much as I liked my job I can't stay there the rest of my life. And the flame of wanting to be a writer was suddenly re lit. After more than a decade (more like fifteen or sixteen years) I finally came back to my original choice for a career.

So there you have it - the story of my origin of a writer. Not the most exciting start I know.

I haven't made it yet. I'm still heavily caught up in the editing process. But whenever my job stresses me out I look around and think I won't be there forever. Because I AM going to succeed.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Weekly Writing - Clinging To The Wagon

I was going for a whole 'falling off the wagon' thing in the title in case you were wondering.

So anyway I struggled for the first part of the week. And then it was Charles Dickens' 200th birthday on Tuesday which inspired a steampunk story... which led on to another couple of days of steampunk stories.

Saturday 4th February: 0
Sunday 5th February: 0
Monday 6th February: 1004
Tuesday 7th February: 1368 - Happy Birthday Mr Dickens!
Wednesday 8th February: 1334
Thursday 9th February: 882
Friday 10th February: Writing Sabbath

Total for week: 4588

Grand Total: 25061 words

So I've managed to drag myself over the 25000 word mark... even though I should be hitting 41000 today.

But it is still 25061 more words than I had written by 10th February last year.

And I have another link for you... and this week I'm actually going to include the link - last week it took me two days before I realised that I hadn't actually included the link I mentioned... doh!

So this is from the blog Terrible Minds and is a list of 25 Reasons That Writers Are Nuts... and there is swearing involved (I removed the expletives from the title)... just in case you are of a delicate nature. But you can't really be too delicate if you are a writer...

Friday, 3 February 2012

Weekly Writing - A Boot Up The Proverbial!

Well this week I seem to be doing a little better. By no means have I caught up with my word count. But I'm writing a hell of a lot more than I did last week

Saturday 28th January: 0
Sunday 29th January: 1027
Monday 30th January: 1405
Tuesday 31st January: 1129
Wednesday 1st February: 1288
Thursday 2nd February: 1005
Friday 3rd February: Writing Sabbath

 Total For Week: 5854

Grand Total: 20473 words

This is actually my highest weekly word count so far this year. Hopefully it will continue.

And here is a link... it is from a writing related blog... but doesn't really have much to do with writing. But it is a list of funny and thought provoking questions :)

Here's hoping that my word count next week is as high if not higher!

edit: if you read this post between 03/02/2012 and 05/02/2012 then it would have helped if I had actually included the link wouldn't it? Well it's there now so go and visit it already!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Inspirational Tunes - February 2012

Do you ever get a good feeling about what you are writing? ;)

It's February already! Aargh!!!