Writing

The stress of planning

I finally stepped over the 40, 000 word mark in my novel and then I hit a wall. So far, the majority of the novel has been scene setting – who the characters are, the basics of the plot, building some tension. But now I need to start explaining the real story; magic, society, history. Thus began …

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32,000 words and counting

I’ve finally pushed myself over the 30,000 word barrier. Although I’ve only written 3,000 words in the last week (work has been rather hectic and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon) I think that getting over the 30,000 mark has helped me regain my mojo. I finally feel more inspired to write; …

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Procrastination, thy name is Netflix

It all started on Friday when I was working from home. As a result of having the luxury of shutting my work laptop down at 5.30pm and not having to travel for an hour and a half to get home, I thought I would put my extra time to good use and get started with …

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Embarrassment – what a great motivator

Feeling nostalgic, last week I began re-reading a series of books that I had loved whilst I was in Sixth Form – The Mortal Instruments. Whilst reading, I came across a quote that my best friend and I had laughed about many moons ago. Realising that I hadn’t spoken to my best friend in a while …

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Long time

It’s been a long time since I…well, since I did anything really; blogged, wrote, read. I changed jobs in April. No longer a teacher and marking books every evening until the crack of dawn, I thought I would have more time to write. I was so wrong. If anything, not having work to do all …

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Target: Exceeded

My initial plan was to write 2,800 words a week. Well, this week I managed to write 7,000. I’m now sitting on 16,000 words, but I’m starting to struggle. Developing the beginning of the story was fun at first, but now I feel like rushing it so that I can get to the good part. …

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Genre issues

Yesterday I worked up the courage to show the beginnings of my novel to my Head of Department. She is a trusted friend and an excellent editor, but I was still extremely nervous. I think it’s probably because she’s such a good editor that I was so nervous – I didn’t want her to hate it. This …

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Feeling good

Today is Tuesday. No prizes for me as this is fairly common knowledge. However, Tuesday marks the day where I have both (finally) got an interview for a new job, and also managed to spend some of my precious time writing my novel. Although I have only spent an hour writing, I feel good about …

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Finding the Time

So, this weekend I started two new things – my blog and my novel. Sure, I’ve had both in the pipeline for a while, but I finally found the motivation to get started. In fact, I’ve been so motivated this particular weekend that I managed to write 9,000 words of my – hopefully – 90,000 word novel (only 81,000 …

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