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Friday, 31 August 2012

Weekly Writing - Reading About It

I haven't written this week... but I have been reading about writing.

I decided to sort of go back to basics and so I am reading Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande.

It was originally published in 1934 but it is still relevant today.

I'm only half way through it at the moment but I'm already thinking of taking up some of the exercises she suggests to get you writing (mixed in with a couple of methods I've picked up from other places).

Although I'm not sure about the waking up and early and writing straight away exercise. There's every chance I'll fall asleep again... and then I'll be late for work.

I'm not really a morning person... nor am I a night person... I'm more of the early afternoon sort :)

That is all there is to report this week - til next week...

Friday, 24 August 2012

Weekly Writing - Was It Worth It?

You may remember that I was on holiday from work last week... and I wasn't all that productive.

Well returning to work has been hell on earth. I didn't think it was so bad when I walked in to my office and there wasn't that much stuff piled on my desk... but they were just waiting for me to get settled back in.

I sometimes wonder whether it is worth having time off work due to the preparation you have to do just before and the fallout you have to deal with on your return. 

I have hardly thought about writing this week... apart from the occasional 'I can't work here forever, I need to get a novel finished' freak out moment. In fact I almost didn't bother posting at all - but I couldn't leave you hanging could I?

Just so you don't have withdrawal symptoms I have a couple of links for you again.

Of course I have a link for Chuck Wendig (although due to how often I post links to Terrible Minds I'd have thought you'd have subscribed to his blog by now!) - 25 Things You Should Know About Metaphor.

And over on Wordplay there are 6 Ways To Pull Off Dual Timelines In Your Novel.

All the other links I've collected over the last week have been to do with drawing... or vintage... and other non-writing related things.

Til next week...

Friday, 17 August 2012

Weekly Writing - The Week That Wasn't

I had such plans for this week. I have had a whole week off work and I didn't get as much done as I had hoped.

I spent a large chunk of my time clearing out my bedroom, a smaller chunk playing on the PS3, a reasonable amount of time mentally planning for NaNoWriMo and too much time dreading returning to work next week.

That last one worries me a little. I used to like my job... it was a good way of providing money whilst I worked on my writing. But maybe it's time I considered moving on...

But in between clearing out and planning I did come across a couple of writing related links in the blogosphere that you may find useful.

First we have Chuck Wendig's 25 Things You Should Know About Metaphor.

And the other is 6 Ways To Pull Off Dual Timelines In Your Novel from the blog Wordplay

Til next week...

Friday, 10 August 2012

Weekly Writing - Sounds Like A Plan

The editing process has once more ground to a halt as I’m putting more and more thought in to NaNoWriMo 2012.


I had actually quite forgotten that the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo 2012 was taking place this month until I read about it on someone else’s blog I remembered whilst I was busy writing/planning.

So anyway back to NaNo 2012. For a brief moment I contemplated trying to cram both steampunk stories together… but that would mean the story would span 150 years in one book.

I didn’t think that that would quite work so I think I’ll plan it all out (no going by the seat of my pants this year!) and then I’ll start with the first part of the story (which for now will be called Book 1). Then if I get stuck I can always start the later part of the story (which given that I’m not sure if this would end as a trilogy or what at the moment will be called Book X).

And as I've travelled the blogosphere been working this week I have come across a couple of links to share to you all.   The first one is a post by Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds - 25 Ways To Survive As A Creative Person   And the other link is a post on The Blood Red Pencil - The Writer's Marathon or 10 things to help you finish your first draft.   But that's enough about me for this week - how has your writing/editing/thought process gone this week?   Are you taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo?   Or have you become addicted to watching the Olympics?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Weekly Writing - I'm Thinking...

Well this week I’ve been a bit like The Thinker in Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian (The quality of this clip isn’t fantastic but it’s the best I could find).



Yes I’ve been thinking (there’s no need to look astonished). Mainly about my subject matter for NaNoWriMo 2012.

I’ve decided, after much umming, aahing and general deliberation to opt for the genre of Steampunk.

The complete rewrite of my paranormal urban fantasy from NaNoWriMo 2011 will just have to wait.

Now you may remember that I mentioned that I had two Steampunk ideas that I wasn’t sure whether they could be combined.

Well I’ve managed to figure out how to combine them. However I don’t think they can be combined in the same book (I hear a series coming on!) given that the two story ideas happen about 150 years apart (the parameters of Steampunk can cope with that).

One part is set in about 1850(ish) and the other is set in the year of Charles Dickens 200th birthday (which was this year).

Moving on, I have decided that I would like to have the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2010 read and have all my notes done by November. But it is amazing how interesting your hobbies become when you have a deadline to work to.

I haven’t cross-stitched in months; I set myself an editing deadline and suddenly cross-stitch becomes imperative. I have books about writing to read, but the books about drawing that I have cry out to me louder (I say drawing is a hobby; I read all the magazines, books, I watch the YouTube videos and have the supplies. But I haven’t put pencil to paper in a while).

Can there be such a thing as being too creative? No? Didn’t think so. I will just have to remember that quote:

“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”

H Jackson Brown Jr.


Til next week…

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

NaNoWriMo Countdown

And here we are in August!

And now we only have:
92 DAYS

left until the start of NaNoWriMo 2012…