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Posted on 11 August 2019 17:14

Summary:

Another week where I wasn’t planning on doing much writing, but I ended up doing at least something every day, so my brain is obviously firing on all cylinders!

 

Monday:

I brainstormed a couple of new stories a bit more and looked up an old Hour of Writes entry that could serve as the basis for something longer to fit a submission opportunity.

 

Tuesday:

I did research for both a podcast Dave and I are thinking of doing, and also for an upcoming short story submission.

 

Wednesday:

I came up with a great idea for an upcoming submission opportunity during the night so I wrote extensive notes.

I also wrote some drabbles for a different publication than the usual one.

 

Thursday:

I wrote the script for the podcast Dave and I are developing.

 

Friday:

I wrote some reviews.

 

Saturday:

I tweaked and typed up the proposed script for the podcast.

 

Sunday:

I helped Bear with his first Norway post, reviewed a film and also did some submissions.

 

Posted on 04 August 2019 21:06

Summary:

 

Still feeling more enthused about writing than I expected. Still enjoying getting back to new short pieces after all the time spent on both novels.

 

Monday:

 

I used a tried and tested method of getting some writing done today. I booked a doctor’s appointment at 9:15am and a cinema ticket for 2:20pm and settled myself in a cafe to fill the time in between.

 

I did another Black Hare Press drabble submission, then amended an existing story for a Writing Magazine competition before heading back to drabble land for a different prompt.

 

There’s a story I wrote a while ago, which I love and which got accepted for publication over a year ago. But correspondence with the editor is sporadic and vague. I’ve received and accepted edits, and seen the cover art for the magazine issue with my name listed as a contributor. But I haven’t had a contract, nor have I been paid, nor have I been told the publication schedule. And there’s an upcoming submission opportunity that this story would be perfect for. So, I’ve been thinking about removing it from the first publication and submitting it to the second instead. This morning, though, I had a brainwave - I can very easily take the essential elements but completely rewrite the story without too much effort. I’m going to gender flip it, change the setting and alter a few salient details, to make a whole new story, which means I can keep hoping the first publication will come into being, but still have something to submit to the second, which will better suit their requirements. So I made some notes on my plan.

 

Tuesday:

 

I wrote some reviews.

 

Wednesday:

 

I met Hannah after work and wrote a couple more drabbles. I’m really enjoying these - perhaps a welcome palate cleanser after all the work on the novels so far this year - and I appear to be quite good at them.

 

Then I started the story rewrite for the upcoming submission. I completed a first pass.

 

Sunday:

 

I told Dave about an upcoming submission opportunity and we brainstormed some ideas.





Posted on 28 July 2019 17:05

Summary:

First draft of second novel(la) done! And major progress on a story I’ve been trying to write for about three years. So very happy with my writing this week.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work, cracked on with Colours and completed the final three scenes to get to the end of the first draft! It’s now a whole thing! Short, but still a thing. And a thing I can now do stuff with. Hurrah!

 

Saturday:

I was going to take the rest of the week off, but I had booked a day’s writing with Out On The Page and didn’t want to cancel at short notice, so decided to go along anyway. It was good to meet other writers and chat about writing experiences. I also completed a pair of linked short stories for a submission opportunity I’d been thinking about, and it was good to get back to short stuff after focusing on the novels for so long.

I dug out an old story to fulfil my prompt for the J/D Ficathon and read through my WIP Big Bang story to ensure it all made sense. Then I wrote a few reviews.

After that, with the whole world of writing at my fingertips and no big projects or hideous deadlines, I went back to the Ritual story I’ve been messing around with for several years and just decided to put words on the page. I accepted it wasn’t going to be the way I envisaged it originally and just went for it, and wrote nearly 2000 words in just over any hour.

 

Sunday:

I posted my WIP Big Bang story. I’m pleased with this one as it’s something that’s been hanging around for a few years, so it was good to finally get it out into the light of day.

 

Posted on 21 July 2019 12:49

Summary:

Very much on the home stretch for the first draft of Colours. I’m looking forward to taking a break from huge projects and working on some smaller stuff for the rest of the year.

 

Monday:

 

I went into town early and ensconced myself at Picturehouse Central with the intention of getting back up to date with the Colours schedule before meeting a friend for lunch. After the subconscious crew had laid out the rest of the outline yesterday, this proved quite easy and I got the next three scenes done very quickly.

 

Tuesday:

 

I went to a useful and informative London Writers' Cafe workshop about showing and telling. 

 

Wednesday:

 

I wrote a review of the film I went to see on Monday. 

 

Thursday:

 

Morning stint at Kahaila on Brick Lane today with Ann.

 

I launched straight into Colours with the idea of getting that out of the way so I could then turn to other things. I bashed out the next three scenes to get back on schedule again. I hit the 50,000 words mark and now only have four more scenes to go!

 

Then I wrote notes for my GYWO discussion post for the month, based on Tuesday’s show/tell workshop. I also brainstormed for an upcoming drabble submission.

 

Sunday:

 

I edited and uploaded my GYWO discussion post. I reviewed two books.

 

I also got an acceptance from an online magazine for one of my stories and recorded an audio version of it to go alongside the published text.

 

Posted on 14 July 2019 20:30

Summary:

The end is definitely in sight for the Colours first draft and I had lots of interesting and useful writing experiences this week.

 

Tuesday:

I met Kate at Highbury Fields and was interviewed for The Book Club Review podcast, then made my way to Canada Water and The Lodge Cafe to use the rest of the day for writing, before a film night at a friend’s house nearby in the evening.

There was a fair amount of faff to begin with until I eventually settled down to write Sunday’s two Colours scenes.

I did this month’s GYWO discussion post, wrote a blog post about the difficulties of first drafts and reviewed the book I finished over lunch, then went back and did the first of today’s two Colours scenes.

Aware of the approaching deadline, I spent some time on my WIP Big Bang story, completing the initial rewrite.

Then I started reading my next writing craft book.

 

Wednesday:

Not enough sleep and lots of effort yesterday left me very unenthused today. But I had arranged to meet Hannah after work so I dutifully turned up and made her my accountability partner, promising that I would complete my scheduled two Colours scenes before being allowed to go home.

The subconscious crew were on fire and had provided me with the bones of the next scene overnight so I ploughed on and completed both scenes with no problem, so then I carried on and did a third to get back on track with my schedule.

 

Thursday:

I wrote a rather pitiful review of a film.

 

Friday:

I wrote another rather pitiful review of a different film.

Then it was off to Mslexicon for the weekend! My workshop today was about Ikigai, the Japanese concept of finding the intersection between what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be rewarded for, and what the world needs. My intersection was on writing and sharing (ideas, life lessons, experiences, stories), which felt right and is encouraging.

 

Saturday:

The morning talk was about plot and pacing and had some useful advice. The afternoon workshop was about concealing rather than revealing, which was also interesting and resulted in me writing the start of a short story I might pursue.

Later, in my room, I wrote the next Colours scene, which was scheduled to be completed on the train yesterday.

 

Sunday:

As I lay in bed this morning, the whole of the rest of Colours suddenly slotted itself together in my head, which was rather wonderful. So I got up and rejigged my outline to fit the new plan, so I wouldn’t forget it.

This morning’s flash fiction workshop mostly made me think that I don’t work hard enough at my flash fiction and that I’m not as good at it as I previously thought. However, I did also write one piece I was really happy with and will submit somewhere - and I also picked up some useful advice on improving my work.

 

Posted on 07 July 2019 17:04

Summary:

Not a huge amount of time, energy or motivation this week, but still some progress. I think sending Artisan off to the publisher last weekend had a knock-on effect on my desire to work hard this week!

 

Monday:

I went to a Write For Your Life workshop, which was wonderful, as always. It was a lot of fun to free-write disposable pieces, instead of worrying about honing novels. I also ended up with one piece I might keep and hone for submission somewhere and spent time with lovely people, some of whom have suggested we meet more regularly, which would be great.

 

Tuesday:

I wrote a book review.

 

Friday:

I got confirmation that three of my five latest drabble submissions had been accepted for publication and I submitted eight more stories to various publications and competitions for consideration.

I completed the next two scenes of Colours, wrote an entry for the AWC Furious Fiction July competition and did a review of a game I played for the first time during the week.

I also went through this month’s Writing Magazine and added new submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet.

 

Saturday:

I helped Bear post about our recent trip to Puntcon.

 

Sunday:

I had intended to do a writing session this afternoon but was so exhausted I decided to shift my scheduled writing for today onto Tuesday, when I have a whole day’s session planned.

 

Posted on 30 June 2019 21:51

Summary:

Only two writing days this week, but a major milestone passed, as Artisan has now gone back to the publisher!

 

Friday:

I wrote reviews of the books I read on reading retreat during the week and helped Bear with his post about the trip.

I also went through some more of Dave’s Artisan edits.

 

Saturday:

I tried out an unfamiliar cafe in Enfield first thing and the next two scenes of Colours poured straight out with no trouble at all. I also reviewed the next Family Book Club book.

Later, at home, I went through all the rest of Dave’s comments on Artisan, made the requisite amendments and sent it back off to the potential publisher. All fingers and toes crossed on that one!

 

Posted on 23 June 2019 14:53

Summary:

I have a schedule now for completing Colours by my deadline. Two scenes per writing session. Every session so far, I have started by rewriting my schedule to see if I can give myself the excuse of not doing that day’s scenes. Then I have taken myself to task, knuckled down, and actually produced them with very little problem in a very short amount of time. Sometimes, you need a stick.

 

Monday:

I booked an early osteo appointment for the morning and some theatre tickets for the evening, hoping to inspire myself to work hard on various writing projects during the intervening eight hours.

After departing Hounslow at 11am, I spent an hour on the tube, another hour having lunch, an hour wandering central London in search of a mythical ‘perfect cafe’ (I finally landed in Starbucks!), and then another hour clearing email and scouring my calendar for other writing opportunities to give myself the excuse for not actually getting any writing done today.

At 3pm, I finally opened Part Two of Colours, dragged two more scenes out into the light of day and made a start on a third.

I also wrote a review of a book I finished later in the day.

 

Tuesday:

I set my subconscious crew the task of working on what was supposed to happen next in Colours, giving them the deadline of when I sat down in Ole & Steen near Victoria after work. They came through like champions and I wrote the next two scenes with no trouble.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a couple of reviews.

 

Thursday:

I got confirmation that one of my articles about writing had been accepted for publication, which was a good start to the day. I read through the proofs they sent me and went back with a minor correction and my bio information.

It was back to Cafe Piazza with Ann today and I got straight to work with the next two scenes of Colours - feels like I’m on a roll!

Then I went for something completely different and wrote some more 100-word drabbles for an upcoming submission opportunity. I really enjoy doing these and it seems like I’m quite good at them.

To continue with the more relaxing side of writing, I went back to my WIP Big Bang story and worked on that for a bit.

I brainstormed ideas for another submission opportunity, digging out some old flash fiction that could be turned into linked stories within the same fictional universe. I also amended another couple of old pieces to fit other submissions.

 

Sunday:

I consolidated my projects list and rewrote my Colours schedule, considered taking the day off and then pointed out to myself that I do want to finish the first draft and there was no reason not to do my allocated scenes for the day. I had primed the subconscious crew earlier in the week and once again they did not let me down. Two more scenes done.

I also reviewed a book I finished earlier in the week, did some submissions and started looking at Dave’s comments on Artisan.

 

Posted on 16 June 2019 21:10

Summary:

Reasonably slow come-back after a break, but still good progress on both novels and a couple of other bits completed as well.

 

Wednesday:

Still finding my feet after last week's total break on retreat. I brainstormed ideas for an upcoming flash competition and wrote a 100-word story for another upcoming submission.

 

Thursday:

Trying out a new writing location - Cafe Piazza in Hay’s Galleria. A bit loud but convenient.

Today I launched back into Colours, which was scary because I’d reached the crossover point between revising stuff that was already written and embarking into blank page territory. I do have an outline but it was still a bit nerve-wracking. However, I forged onwards and got two new scenes done.

Then I did this month’s GYWO discussion post and wrote a blog post about my retreat experience from last week.

 

Friday:

I wrote a review of an audiobook.

 

Saturday:

I took the opportunity of a free day at home to complete the corrections on Artisan that my parents had found in their read-through, as this was much easier on a PC than on a tablet.

I also submitted a short piece of fiction for a competition.

 

Posted on 09 June 2019 14:44

Summary:

A welcome proper break from writing this week, with no guilt and a lot of reflection. Looking forward to picking it all back up again in the week coming.

 

Monday:

I did some more Artisan edits based on feedback from my parents, then set off on retreat.

 

Tuesday to Friday:

The retreat was about mindfulness and creativity but I didn’t do any work on actual writing projects while I was there. I did, however, write a ton of reflective analysis and reactions to my experiences in a journal I took specifically to record the events of the retreat.

 

Sunday:

I added a note to my website about the guest blog post I did for Well-Storied.

I wrote a review after the previous night’s cinema trip and did some planning for getting back into writing again properly next week.

 

Posted on 02 June 2019 15:51

Summary:

I gave myself a deadline of the end of this week to complete my edits on Artisan and get to the end of Colours Part One - and I succeeded with both! I also managed a fair few other writing targets, not least of which was clearing my submissions list. Fly, my pretties, fly!

 

Monday:

I started going through Hannah’s edits of selected Artisan scenes.

 

Tuesday:

I went through another couple of the Artisan scenes Hannah had edited.

 

Wednesday:

I finished working through Hannah’s Artisan edits and slotted all the amended scenes back into the main manuscript. Then I wrote a few more scenes of Colours, getting to the end of Part One.

 

Thursday:

I headed out early to Picturehouse Central and started with a review of the film I watched the night before.

Then I edited Chapter Twenty-Eight of Artisan.

I decided to complete one more GYWO Yahtzee entry before the deadline and thought trying some poetry might be fun. So I wrote five terrible poems to fulfil the Full House scoring requirements.

That finished off my current notebook so I typed up the notes I wanted to save and said a fond farewell to it. Always exciting to start a new notebook, though!

 

Friday:

I submitted a story for an anthology whose deadline was today.

I also wrote a couple of brief reviews.

Then I finished off editing the last three chapters of Artisan and sent it off to Dave and my parents for a sense-check. So much has changed and been taken out, I was worried it wouldn’t be coherent for someone unfamiliar with the story and I didn’t think I would be able to spot potential problem areas myself.

 

Saturday:

I did some editing and completed some submissions.

My dad called to tell me he’d read the first two chapters of Artisan and thought there was a marked improvement from the last iteration, which was encouraging. He gave me some edits, which I did on the spot.

 

Sunday:

I entered this week’s Fandom Weekly competition and wrote a review.

Then I did some more editing of Artisan from comments from my mum, and also completed some more submissions.

 

Posted on 27 May 2019 15:12

Summary:

Another productive week, particularly on the novels front. And also some great news of publication acceptances. So good all round.

 

Monday:

Another reviewing day at the Brighton Fringe.

I decided to get the train down early to write before my first show and cracked on with five more Colours scenes on the train.

After lunch, I claimed a spot in the Werks Cafe and edited Artisan Chapters Twenty-Five to Twenty-Seven.

Then I attended three shows and wrote and submitted all three reviews.

And on the way home, I got an email saying a short story I wrote earlier in the year has been accepted for the anthology it was written for, which was very pleasing.

 

Tuesday:

I went to a Write and a Pint workshop in the evening, which was a lot of fun and generated some ideas for new stories.

 

Wednesday:

I heard back that four out of my five submissions to a particular anthology had been accepted for publication, which was lovely.

I wrote a review of the book I finished the night before.

 

Thursday:

In anticipation of Ann being available to meet up again on Thursdays from mid-June, I ventured to Bermondsey to scout out possible cafes. The Watch House looked delightful but really tiny, so I settled in Hej Coffee just round the corner. Not the best tea selection, but good enough for occasional visits and the outside tables will likely be pleasant over the summer. Until I discovered they don’t have a customer toilet. Hey ho.

I started off with a review

Then I turned my attention to my WIP Big Bang story, as snippets were due for posting by Saturday. I managed to put together some excerpts and submit them. It was really fun to get back into writing a long fanfic, even if I was just editing, rather than writing something new.

 

Friday:

I wrote another review - I finished a lot of books this week!

I finished and posted my third entry for the GYWO Yahtzee competition, keeping myself hopefully firmly at the top of the leaderboard.

Then I went back to Perfection and edited it based on Scribophile comments. 

 

Saturday:

I went into London early to take advantage of a couple of hours before meeting my mum for lunch.

I did some planning to ensure I had enough days to complete the first draft of Colours within the Six Month Novel Programme timeframe and updated my list of current projects.

Then I cracked on with the remaining scenes of Colours Part One, ready to submit my May words for SMN on Monday.

 

Posted on 19 May 2019 21:46

Summary:

Three really great writing sessions this week and tons of progress on all sorts of projects. It wasn’t always easy, but I stuck to the plan rather than the mood and ended up achieving a lot. Between one thing and another, I wrote over 10,000 words this week, which is several thousand more than I’ve managed in any other week so far this year.

 

Monday:

After years of promising, I finally made it to Harrow today to meet up with Geena on her home turf. The venue was the delightful Miriam’s Munchies and I had some writing time before Geena arrived, so I started with a few reviews.

Then I went back to GYWO Yahtzee and worked on my second entry. I ended up writing a whole 1500 word story, in five sections, which I can easily submit elsewhere. So I posted it on Scribophile for feedback and then did some critiques to get my points back up.

Later I chatted to Geena about one of my story ideas and she came up with a fantastic way to resolve it.

 

Wednesday:

I found out today that I won this week’s Just Back travel writing competition in the Telegraph! By far my biggest success, in terms of both publication circulation and financial reward.

I met Hannah after work and edited Artisan Chapter Twenty-Two.

I did some planning for later in the week, and then completed an in-depth Scribophile critique to get my points up.

 

Thursday:

I took myself to Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road for a writing session, starting off by catching up on Colours. I did the next eight scenes, bringing me back on target in the schedule.

I did some planning for later in the week and then edited the next two chapters of Artisan.

After much faffing and procrastinating, I finally put some words down for a first draft of Perfection, a short story I’ve been planning for some time, the deadline for which was fast approaching. As usual, once I actually got started, it all flowed pretty well.

Then I started work on my next GYWO Yahtzee entry after discovering I was currently at the top of the leaderboard.

I did another Scribophile critique and also went through the comments on the story I posted on Monday, making amendments to the first draft and compiling notes for more extensive revisions.

Later in the evening, I went to a workshop on fantasy writing with Tade Thompson. It was great - we brainstormed ideas around one specific fantastical scenario and then each developed our own story from that and a set of collaboratively created characters. And now I have another potential novel idea to add to my list…

 

Friday:

I went back to the beginning of Colours and did another pass, trying to get all the individual scenes over 400 words and a bit more dynamic.

 

Saturday:

I wrote a review of a book I finished the night before.

 

Sunday:

Whole day’s writing with Urban Writers’ Retreat.

I started with a review of John Wick 3, then completed the first draft of Perfection and posted it on Scribophile for comments. Then I went back to Colours and completed making all the scenes at least 400 words, adding another 1400 words to the manuscript as a whole. I’m going to stick to this word count for scenes going forwards, which makes me feel a bit better about how long the first draft is going to be once completed.

I turned to this week’s Fandom Weekly challenge for a bit of light relief.

Next, I completed another piece for my third GYWO Yahtzee set and completed edits to my short story from Monday.

 

Posted on 12 May 2019 19:42

Summary:

I can just about claim another 7-day writing streak this week. I’m also pleased with my completion/submissions rate and feeling enthusiastic about some short story ideas in development.

 

Monday:

Just doing bits of writing at home today. I cut down a travel writing article to fit a competition and submitted it.

 

Tuesday:

I did the next two scenes of Colours and also reviewed Avengers: Endgame.

 

Wednesday:

I received edits on a story that’s going to be published in a magazine soon, so I went through them and sent back the final version. I also edited Artisan Chapter Twenty-One.

Then I started a new fanfiction in response to Avengers: Endgame.

 

Thursday:

My fanfic woke me up in the middle of the night to let me know how it ought to end, so I got up to write the rest of it before I forgot.

 

Friday:

I edited and posted my Avengers fic.

On the train up to Chester, I consolidated my potential submissions list and had a think about what might and might not be possible, so as to clarify what I should be working on.

I wrote a 100-word story for an anthology submission and amended an old piece of flash fiction to fit an upcoming competition.

After spending most of the afternoon either reading or asleep, I had a sudden burst of enthusiasm in the early evening and went back to writing projects.

I wrote two more drabbles, experiencing tremendous satisfaction when the second one turned out to be exactly 100 words on the first attempt. Then I generated potential ideas for another submission opportunity and made some notes for my next GYWO Yahtzee entry.

 

Saturday:

I wrote two more 100-word stories to complete a set of five for submission.

 

Sunday:

I formatted and submitted the five drabbles I wrote over the weekend.

 

Posted on 06 May 2019 11:09

Summary:

 

I wrote every day this week and worked on projects in all five of my tracked categories - novels, fanfiction, competitions, non-fiction and blogging. A well-rounded and productive week.

 

Monday:

 

With a theatre trip planned later in the day, I took myself off to Picturehouse Central for a whole day of working on writing projects.

 

I started with a review of the burlesque show I went to on Saturday, followed by a blog post about my current struggles with working on two novels at once.

 

My main task for the day, though, was to go through the first 35 scenes of Colours and try to expand some of the shorter ones so they added up to around 20,000 words for my first month’s output on the Six Month Novel Programme. It didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I added about 1000 words, rather than the planned 4,500, but I decided not to worry about it, as there’s very little point in putting in words just for the sake of it, when they’ll probably have to be taken out again in editing.

 

Tuesday:

 

I finished off April with a review of the previous night’s theatre trip.

 

Wednesday:

 

I finished an audiobook so wrote a review of it.

 

Thursday:

 

I took a welcome trip to Good & Proper for a writing session in the morning. I decided to ignore both novels for the day and work on other stuff.

 

I started off with a Fic Promptly entry to keep up with my plan to write something for every post. Then I wrote my Fandom Weekly entry for the week and also posted that.

 

Then I went to my GYWO Yahtzee prompts and completed a set of linked entries to claim a Large Straight.

 

Friday:

 

I posted my GYWO Yahtzee entry and also wrote a review of the latest book I finished.

 

Saturday:

 

I added submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet from this month’s Writing Magazine, then actually did some submissions. I also did the next five scenes of Colours.

 

Sunday:

 

Off to Brighton for the fringe! I was booked to see three shows, and wrote my first review over lunch, completing the other two on the train home.

 

Posted on 28 April 2019 19:36

Summary:

Mostly slogging away at the novels this week, plus some reviews. But there are short stories ideas percolating, which may turn into something soon.

Monday:

A whole day at home to work on projects, so I set my sights high. I assigned myself Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen of Artisan and the next three scenes of Colours to complete before lunch and managed that in one session.

After lunch, I went through Dave’s five stories and copy-edited them, then posted the fanfiction on AO3, formatted the three original ones and sent him instructions for where to send them for consideration.

Then I went back through all ten weeks of prompts from The Common Weekly Writes and made notes on approaches to both short fiction and non-fiction essays.

I finished another book, so I wrote the review.

 

Tuesday:

I met Hannah for a session after work and started out with Artisan Chapter Nineteen and the next three scenes of Colours.

I had a chat with Hannah about a new short story I'm working on and she had some great ideas for it.

 

Thursday:

Writing at home today. I started with a review of the film I watched over lunch.

Then I did Artisan Chapter Twenty and the next two scenes of Colours (which was starting to feel like a bit of a grind and a very repetitive Weeknotes entry!).

 

Friday:

I wrote reviews of two other films I watched yesterday, and also a game we played on Wednesday.

 

Saturday:

I did a brief session at home, completing the next three scenes of Colours and working out what needed expanding for my longer session on Monday.

 

Sunday:

I did some organising and some planning and some submitting.

 

Posted on 21 April 2019 21:10

Summary:

Lots of good intentions for lengthy writing sessions and really getting back into good habits this week. But I mostly just did my required work on the novels and called it quits.

 

Monday:

I identified the ten scenes in Artisan that would most benefit from Hannah’s sharp editing pen and sent them to her for her attention.

After lunch I knuckled down to Artisan Chapter Thirteen and the next two scenes of Colours.

Later on, I did my first reader review for Six Month Novel.

 

Tuesday:

I did my second SMN reader review and also wrote a review of a recent audiobook.

 

Wednesday:

I went to a writing meetup at the British Library and completed revisions to Artisan Chapter Fourteen, as well as the next three scenes of Colours.

 

Thursday:

I took myself off to Hammersmith reasonably early in the day for a writing session.

I started by reviewing last night’s film choice, then moved on to Artisan Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen, and the next three scenes of Colours.

I wrote my second GYWO discussion post for the month.

 

Saturday:

I posted my GYWO discussion and wrote a review post about books I haven’t managed to finish recently.

Then I set out for an all-day Write And A Pint workshop near Moorgate. We did free-writing exercises and short fiction analysis in the morning, then private writing sessions in the afternoon. The morning generated some interesting short pieces and, in the afternoon, I took a look at my list of upcoming submission opportunities and started brainstorming ideas for some of them. It was great to get away from the novels but still focus on writing all day, as well as having the opportunity to meet and talk to other writers.

 

Sunday:

I finished this month’s Family Book Club book and wrote a review.

I also entered this week’s Fandom Weekly competition.

Then I helped Bear post about today’s trip to Waterbeach.

 

Posted on 14 April 2019 19:53

Summary:

I’m keeping up with the plan for both novels, but not much else. But that’s okay, as they are the most important projects at the moment and are taking a lot of energy.

 

Monday:

I tried another writing day at home and started out with submissions, since that’s always much easier on a PC than a tablet.

I edited a friend’s short story.

I revised Chapter Nine of Artisan and did the next three scenes of Colours, to stay on track with the plan.

 

Wednesday:

I went to Le Pain Quotidien after work and completed Chapter Ten of Artisan and the next two scenes of Colours.

 

Thursday:

A Writers’ Initiative meetup at the National Theatre got me up and out and working relatively early. I focused on my Artisan (Chapters Eleven and Twelve) and Colours (next three scenes) targets first, to achieve my aim for the week. Then I moved on to one of this month’s GYWO discussion posts.

 

Friday:

I wrote two reviews.

 

Sunday:

I posted the first 1000 words of Colours for review by the other Six Month Novellers, and helped Bear with a post about his weekend activities.

 

Posted on 08 April 2019 07:47

Summary:

This week was when the real work started on both novels and I kept to my planned schedule with no problems. I’m not saying the work I did was good, but it got done!

 

Monday:

I finally watched the video of the first Six Month Novel hangout from three weeks ago, which contained lots of sage advice from Amie and Charlie about not freaking out.

I identified some upcoming submission opportunities and found existing pieces of work to send for them.

I also found two old GYWO discussion posts and edited them to fit a couple of calls for articles about writing.

I went through this month’s Writing Magazine (in which one of my competition entries was shortlisted!) and added new submission opportunities to my spreadsheet.

Then I cracked on with the main tasks of revising Chapter Four of Artisan and starting the expansion of Colours with the first two scenes.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review for a wonderful show I went to see the night before.

Then I revised Artisan Chapter Five and the next two scenes of Colours.

I typed up the short piece I wrote in last Thursday’s workshop and sent it to the organiser to put up on his website. I wrote a blog post about the ALCS and how amazing it is and also posted about my shortlisted story in this month’s Writing Magazine.

 

Thursday:

I headed to Hounslow several hours early, found a cafe and settled down to work until it was time for my osteopathy appointment.

I polished off Chapter Six of Artisan and another Colours scene. Artisan went well and I felt like I had hit my stride a bit with the editing, but Colours not so much. My outline has a rough plan of 1000 words on average for 100 scenes across the novel and all of them so far have come in way too short. I know there are going to be longer sections later on, that it’s quite good for it to be punchy at the start, that this is only a first draft and that I shouldn’t get hung up on the details at the moment, so I decided to just forge ahead (in Charlie’s patented ‘gloriously craptastic’ style) and figure out if it’s a major problem later.

 

Saturday:

I attended a Just Write Fiction meetup at the British Library. I had my newly minted Reader’s Pass all ready to go, but I prefer refreshments and pens as a staple part of my writing sessions, so (as we were all working independently anyway) I settled myself in the King’s Library Cafe, where it turns out they stock sugar free syrup!

I made a list of all the things I wanted to work on, prioritised them, then started out with Artisan Chapter Seven.

The Australian Writers’ Centre runs a monthly flash fiction competition with a lucrative prize. I signed up for their newsletter a couple of weeks ago and the first prompt came through yesterday. The piece has to be less than 500 words and has to contain the specified elements, both of which are criteria that appeal to me. You have two days to complete and submit an entry so I did a first draft for mine.

I edited the next three scenes of Colours, then did Chapter Eight of Artisan to complete my scheduled work on both novels for the day.

On the way home, I had an epiphany about the climax of Colours so added the new ideas to my outline document.

 

Sunday:

I did some admin, tracking my submissions, identifying pieces to send to upcoming opportunities and selecting a story to send to someone offering free editorial services.

I wrote a review of the play we saw on Friday night, then caught up with my short fanfiction challenges, including this week’s Fandom Weekly entry.

 

Posted on 31 March 2019 18:30

Summary:

Two really productive days of writing this week, with some other useful bits and pieces in between. Plus, I have formulated reasonable plans for finishing both novels. The slump is definitely over!

 

Monday:

I wrote reviews for the weekend’s reading retreat.

I also did some planning for later in the week.

 

Thursday:

I took myself off to Good and Proper and wrote several lists of things I want to do or consider.

I went through this week’s Six Month Novel worksheet and made a plan of what I need to do to complete my outline for submission on Sunday.

I considered the timeline for WIP Big Bang and decided I would like to take part, as I need something fun and different to work on in between both novels.

Then I reread all the feedback on Artisan, as well as my notes on how to proceed and psyched myself up to just get the hell on with it! I went through the first chapter again and managed to revise enough that I was happy it would be clear significant changes had been made.

I took a break and caught up on Fic Promptly fills, as well as completing this month’s Ficlet Zone challenge.

I did a review of the first quarter of 2019 in my Writer’s Diary and planned goals and writing sessions for April.

Then I went back to Artisan and revised Chapter Two.

Later, I went to a great Write and a Pint workshop on the theme of death, where I met some lovely writers and wrote an unexpected short piece that I may develop into something larger.

 

Friday:

I edited the first two chapters of a friend’s novel.

 

Sunday:

It was a Six Month Novel Get It Done Day, so I posted my writing intentions for the day at 10:30am and then faffed around doing lots of chores and life admin until 2:30pm. Then I buckled down and revised Chapter Three of Artisan.

Then I did the main task for the day, which was the Colours official outline. I collated my notes from various worksheets and brainstorming sessions and added Part Two to the outline document I already had. I had to do quite a bit of wrangling but I ended up with a complete picture of the whole novel, which was very satisfying. I sent it off to Amie at SMN for her comments.

I also thought long and hard about WIP Big Bang and came up with a plan that means I can take part and produce a fic to post, but not put myself under too much pressure while working on both the novels. This made me very happy.

I finished off my writing day by helping Bear with his post about last weekend’s reading retreat.