Writing diary – day 7

Day 5 and 6 pretty much took up entirely with school work = sometimes that happens, but I do find it frustrating which is more a matter of my own habits than anything else. Writing at a et time everyday, perhaps, would make sure that it becomes a priority – I would never not be at work between 8 and 4, for example – so why can I not always be at my desk at 6.30 to write for an hour?  It’s difficult, though, fitting the time in and feeling motivated at the time. That’s a huge problem, mostly caused by my current worries. …

How to find your golden time: Writing diary #writingday4

Some days are much slower than others! for my own habits, I need to get started writing earlier in the evening – sometimes easier said than done with my day job. Today it was half past nine, which is a bit late really after an evening of work before that. Know when to write It’s really important to know your routine: do you write best in the morning or evening? Are there some activities that are so mentally draining that you can’t write after them but really just need to recharge and then think again? If you’re struggling, try tracking …

Writing diary #writingday3

200 words written today. Quick, but achingly slow at the same time. The actual process of writing the words is fast enough – maybe even just a few minutes sometimes – but the process of getting started can be terrible, trying to finally get down to it and stop wondering about new cars or getting the washing done, or having tea, or any of the other seemingly more important things that take up so much time but don’t actually, at the end of the night, seem that important after all.

Writing diary #writingday2

I wrote about 500 words, which is generally very good – especially on a words per minute basis -and it’s probably coming towards the end of the story. Probably Because I’m not quite sure where it ends. This is my far more common problem – I like the idea of planning a novel, really planning it so that you know what’s going to happen all the way through. But I find it virtually impossible to work like that in practice. I’ve tried both ways – plotting the entire thing and just getting started and seeing what happens – and I …

Writing diary #writingday1

I’ve had this story in mind for weeks. Months, even. It’s not really a big story. It’s a short story – ideal for any one of a number of competitions or magazine submissions that are coming up in the next few weeks. Maybe a few thousand words if I start in the right place. If I get started at all. I’ve started writing time after time – just like I’ve done with any of the novels sitting unfinished on my hard drive. But after literally thousands of words,  I throw it all out and start again. So why do I …

Gathering ideas 2: Earth Songs

Staring back at the world it seems remarkable that this is mankind’s crowning achievement. While other species scrabble in the dirt, living from biological impulse to biological impulse, we turned our attention to mastering first the earth around us and then the skies above us. We’re so used to seeing it from this distance, the pictures broadcast from satellites and the space stations, that we have known what our planet looks like. We have seen the lights clustering like swarming fireflies, storms gather, fires rage. From over two hundred miles away our astronauts sent back instantaneous photographs as if they …