Thursday, 30 October 2014

Exercise Anyone?





Exercise is important.


Or so the experts say. It reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and if you need to, helps you lose weight. The more exercise we do the healthier we are. And yet so many of us find it difficult to drag our lazy butts to a gym. Including me.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Half-Term Writing Holiday



So it’s half-term; holiday for the kids and holiday from writing the novel. After my great week of progress two weeks ago I would normally be annoyed that the holidays were so soon. It always happens - soon after I make good progress the kids are on holiday. But this time I’m not as bothered by it. In fact I’m welcoming the break.

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.