Half-Term Writing Holiday

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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.

Last week I was struggling with one of my darker characters. His actions scared me and I didn’t want to delve any deeper into his psyche. As it turned out all I needed was a morning to myself with no distractions. A time I could let go of me. 

On Thursday last week I spent the morning immersed. I let go of my fears, played less ‘happy’ music, and wrote. I found that magic spot when I didn’t even need to think. The writing just happened. Before I knew it I’d written 1,003 words and along the way learned about a pivotal moment in my character’s life. His motives surprised me and I understood him better. He turned out to be deeper than I had anticipated.

Allowing the character to fill my mind took me to a dark place that I was glad to let go of when I’d finished. I had a coffee, spent the afternoon on the internet and enjoyed time with the kids. But the chapter continued to play on my mind. I’m glad it’s half-term because I can leave the darkness behind and play with the kids. 

I’m hoping to get blogging done and am trying to formulate a routine. If it works out my posts should be more regular. Once the kids are back at school I’ll factor in time for the novel too.This working at home is more complicated than I thought it’d be!


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10 comments:

  1. I think a break from writing is often as important as the writing itself! We can't be creating / typing machines. Well done on getting some progress made last week and enjoy your break.

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    1. You are so right Emily, having that break gives us a chance to recharge those creative batteries. Back to it on Monday and funnily enough I can't wait! :)

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  2. It sounds like half-term couldn't be better timed for you! Well done for making all that progress last Thursday - I'm definitely intrigued by your character. Good luck with working out a routine, it's not easy when you have kids! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting xxx

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    1. I don't think I've ever been glad that the holidays come round (because of writing breaks) but this time it's perfect. My character has changed so much and although he scares me I did enjoy letting him roam around my head for a while.
      As for the routine, I think it's more about managing the time I have than having a set routine. That's just not possible when you're a SAHM!

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  3. Finding a balance is definitely hard. Glad you found time to have a dig about and and get to know your character better. If you hadn't, I think he would have bugged you for a while.
    Enjoy the rest of your break. Good to see you on the linky again #whatimwriting x

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    1. I'm sure he would've haunted my dreams if I hadn't taken the time for him. He is a much stronger character now than when he first entered my head.

      This linky is great, it keeps me coming back every week and encourages me to keep going with the novel. It came at the perfect time! And you and Maddy are doing a fantastic job with it. :)

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  4. That all sounds very inspiring. I am hoping to do nanowrimo but I'm not very well prepared; I might just go for it and try and actually get some ideas out of my head and into words. Working at home can be a challenge, I so need to get myself better organised

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    1. Ooh Nikki do it! I haven't tried it because it always seems fall when I'm right in the middle of a re-write but I've heard it's great for getting down rough ideas. If you want to get them down it could be perfect for you.
      As for working at home, the organisation is not a problem it's managing my time better that I need to do. Good luck, if you decide to do NaNoWriMo I'd love to hear about how you get on!

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  5. I find it fascinating hearing about the fictional writing process. I guess you have to live and breathe your characters, and if they're dark then it might get a little scary... hope you're enjoying your break lovely :-)

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    1. It can get very scary sometimes, especially when those characters haunt your dreams. But you just have to let them breathe through you for a while and then they're happy. It's fun getting to know characters and it must sound strange to people who don't do but they do turn into real people. They have mannerisms you didn't expect or a backstory that you didn't think you'd come up with. It's definitely a learning experience and can actually help you realise a few things about yourself!
      I am enjoying my break, thank you Renee. It's nice to have a breather for a while. Hope your agent searching is going well. xx

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