Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sinful Characters




Have you ever sat to write, imagined the character you’re writing about and wondered why on earth they’re doing what they’re doing?

Their acts are so beyond your understanding that it seems impossible to write. Yet somehow you have to.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light - Review & Giveaway



A few weeks ago I received Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light to review. It is a book I'd never heard of but thought it might be something BP would enjoy reading. I'm always looking out for books to encourage him to read more.
Here's a teaser...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Finishing Drafts or Editing



Last week I was very pleased with myself. Having written 10, 289 words and made lots of progress with the novel I was on a roll. But as with all creative things, the roll came to a stop, and it wasn't a slow and steady stop either, oh-no, this was a crash-into-a-brick-wall stop. 

Lots of non-writing related things have cropped up this week and sucked the time away. One minute my fingers flew across the keys and the next I couldn't get any time in front of the computer. Tuesday (midday) is the first time I have looked at my computer since Friday. Kids parties, chores and meetings stole my writing time.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Writing Update



My road ahead looks clear. I wonder where that bend will take me?
This past week I have written 10,289 words. 9,388 of them were part of the novel, the other 901 words were me getting the story straight in my head.

Every day I wake and wonder how much writing I'll get done. Yesterday I even skipped my usual morning walk (it was raining lots) so the grocery shopping got done sooner. This meant that by 11.15 yesterday morning I was back in front of the computer.

My usual routine when I sit down to work is to check my emails and respond, check social networks, and write any blog posts I had planned. Once that is done I move onto reading and responding to others' blog posts. This left me with no time to create.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Back to the Book



I'm getting to know the shadows in my head again.
In my How's the Book Going? post I mentioned that I haven't written anything for the book in a while. In fact the last time I wrote any words was ten weeks ago. The problem with taking such a long break from a book you're in the middle of editing/rewriting is you forget the story.

Yesterday I stepped back into the world I created. I had to familiarise myself with characters and settings. I began by reading through my draft and resisted the temptation to change it. Instead I planned my next steps, making sure I knew where the story was going and what the characters were doing. Although I had forgotten the majority of my story it didn't take long before the characters were talking to me. They retold their stories and I got caught up in minutes. The story came flooding back.

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Storm Rages On



The Prompt this week was Thunder and I was immediately hit with inspiration. It has taken me all week to hone this flash fiction and I hope you all like it. 

The walls shook as the front door slammed. My heart jumped into my throat. 

He was home.

I put on my mask and smiled as he walked into the kitchen. But something had happened, he glared and the anger in his eyes burned my skin. I fought back the tears. 

"I told you the drive needed clearing!" He said.