Welcome to the blog formerly known as The Life Of Writing

Friday, 30 March 2012

Weekly Writing - The Case Of The Mobile Library


Another week and yet more editing has taken place. The title of this post refers to another glaringly obviously discrepancy in my writing.

The library itself is not mobile as in it’s on wheels or anything. It is mobile by the fact that it moves around the house!

My novel is a historical mystery set on a Victorian estate. When the detective interviews the residents of the manor the library is downstairs. Then after dinner it has disappeared from downstairs and reappeared upstairs.

It’s just one of many areas of my notes that are written in red pen to alert me to the fact that there is something wrong. So far I’ve had time lines that don’t match up and first impressions of the manor that no longer match the house’s description.

(The house started out as a very grand classical style mansion and is currently a  slightly less grand red brick Victorian manor house… type of place… you really have to be in my head to see it. Or in a billion years time when I finally get this all finished you can read about it and imagine it in your own heads!)

There’s a point when my MC seems to be psychic for a moment as he knows exactly what the second character in the room is thinking… there are only three POVs in this novel and the second character wasn’t one of them.

And then there are the odd one or two characters that are not needed. Extended family who are just there in the background and play no part in the actual story.

And all this from the first twenty pages!

Now I have a link for you from Terrible Minds (the things Chuck comes out with make me LOL… literally). This time it’s 25 Lies Writers Tell (And Start To Believe)


And on Sunday the Blogging From A To Z Challenge starts up. I am taking part on my other blog.

For more information and to sign up visit the A To Z Challenge blog.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Weekly Writing - Slowly But Surely

I've been through seven whole pages of my manuscript this week - three more than last week and four more than the week before.

The pages are just flying by...

Yet more discrepancies have reared their ugly heads... and I've been fighting tooth and nail to hold off my inner editor from line editing at this stage.

Now I know some of you may balk at this but I have been giving NaNoWriMo some thought.

Yes... already... in March... and I'm not talking about Camp NaNoWriMo.

I think I'm going to avoid Camp NaNoWriMo this year... I clearly work better in November... when it gets dark early and it's cold.

Anyway back to my thoughts on NaNoWriMo. I'm thinking of rewriting my NaNoWriMo from last year. It would have a similar main character; same name, same appearance. And there would be the same type of mythical being involved.

But the story would be quite different. I cringe when I think of the ending I gave it. It was 29th November and I just quickly tied up all the loose ends in a bow... and they all went home for tea (and I'm not kidding - they did walk off in to the sunset together... although come to think of it it was actually sunrise).

So back to my wagon metaphor from a couple of weeks ago. I have currently set up camp, settled in to life out here wagonless. But am slowly becoming aware that I am stuck in the middle of west fricking nowhere with... I'm trying to think of a metaphor for editing... words being flies... or something else that would be irritating when stuck out in the wild west on your lonesome... sand... sun... snakes... I don't know... I'm editing not writing. I'm currently working with the technical side of my brain not the creative one.

I'm open to suggestions... so what would you find irritating in the wild west?


Friday, 16 March 2012

Weekly Writing - Slightly More Editing

Well this week I've been through four pages of my manuscript making notes... which is a slight improvement last week's three pages.

Which brings my grand total to seven pages. This read through is good though as I've already noticed a discrepancy in my time line. I have one character going to bed whilst some of the other characters are just sitting down to dinner. Now I know that in days gone by people ate dinner later... but not that late surely!

And I've noticed that there are still quite a few of my characters that are nameless... they just go by 'XXX1', 'XXX2' etc.

And then there is the complete rubbish that took the place of my original manuscript somewhere between the end of November 2010 and now...

Don't know what happened there! My story was brilliant and now it is cringe-worthy - I've got a long way to go!

And this week I have another link for you from Terrible Minds - this time it is 25 Things You Should Know About Creativity

So how has your writing/editing gone this week?

And feel free to vote on my little poll on the left in the sidebar... :)

Friday, 9 March 2012

Weekly Writing - Or Should That Be Weekly Editing?


Another week comes to a close and this week I’ve edited three whole pages of my NaNo 2010!

Now I know you are probably thinking that that isn’t a lot… and it isn’t… not really. But it is better than nothing. And better than my last attempt at editing.

I am currently reading through the first draft and making notes… unlike last time when I immediately started line editing. Aargh!!! The dreaded line editing.

I’ve been reading The Weekend Novelist Redrafts A Novel by Robert J Ray. And the introduction more or less word for word described my last attempt at editing.

Because last time I went down my first page crossing out spelling mistakes, changing bits and pieces until I realised that three quarters of the first page was complete and utter rubbish and did absolutely nothing for the story… so all that line editing was wasted as most of the first page will end up being cut.

Which is why I’m now reading through and making notes in a separate notebook so I don’t swamp the ‘manuscript’ (and I use the term loosely) with red scribbles.

So at least I’ve got the ball rolling again.

Now I have a couple of links for you from Elspeth at It’s A Mystery – A Writer Prepares and Confronting That Blank Page.

So has your writing gone this week?

Friday, 2 March 2012

Weekly Writing - I Blame My PS3

Actually I blame the Playstation Network for my lack of writing/editing.

I've had a PS3 for a while... but it was only this week that I joined the Playstation Network. So now I can play online... and there always seems to be infinite amounts of people who are willing to shoot with me and shoot at me (take a wild guess at what kind of games I like to play!).

I did reprint the first few pages of my NaNo 2010 first draft. I would say that I have a nice shiny new copy of it... but reprinting the first few pages does not make up for the dog earred-ness of the rest of it!

I think I've fallen out of the habit of writing... so if I start editing next week hopefully that will change.

But going back to my first draft I have worked out a way of paying homage (is that the word I'm thinking of?) to my recently deceased pet dog... I can actually add her to my historical mystery without it looking as though I have just shoe horned her in for the sake of it - yay!

Granted having said that I'll probably end up having to cut her out somewhere down the line - who was it that said we have to kill off our darlings (or something along those lines)?

But only time will tell...

But I have another link for you - again from Terrible Minds. This time it is 25 Ways To Unf**k Your Story

So how was your writing/editing week?

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Inspirational Tunes - March 2012

I wasn't sure what to pick for March's Inspirational Tune... and then it hit me!

What is one of the things that fiction writers do best?

Imagine - John Lennon


Have an imaginative March! :)