Friday, December 19, 2014

Stick wid it

Yeah, so I've just finished Chapter Two.   I am outlining at the moment, laying the basic thing down and then with the re-write I'm going to put in dialogue, description, guts, atmosphere - so a long way to go but so far it's coming along.  I didn't write yesterday (at least not on the story I'm working on now) but i DID think about it non-stop and make mental notes of things I want to include.  So I suppose I was writing, just not typing!
Har har.

The kiddies finish school today for the school hollerdays. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advice for writers

1.   Make a promise to yourself, an oath, something like that.  A pact even.  Agree with your bad self that you ARE going to write every day and choose a time.
2.   Set it up, so you can just get to it, without procrastinating about where to put the laptop, or where your notes are.  Get it all right.  Make yourself some coffee, sit down.
3.   Write.

It's really that simple.
I've done the first Chapter. 
And I didn't need a quiet environment in a sealed off chamber at the bottom of the garden, away from civilisation either.   My grandson is home sick today, he's playing in the lounge and making noise.  I just got stuck in and voila after an hour I have 1,500 words.


Now tomorrow I'm doing another Chapter and so it goes.  I know I can now.

Monday, December 15, 2014

When will I live up to my expectations?

I dreamt I was with Bill Gates last night and I was talking about my son to him.  The night before I dreamt that I was barefoot and wandering through a huge market, where they were selling my art. 
And still I haven't made a start on the dreaded book.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Time ... and how to waste it

Such a cracking title for a book.

Which brings me to my next point.

The hours expended making craft items to sell at the Christmas fair, plus the money lost on supplies, has just not paid off.   (*Well, no surprise there ).   I think that I have wasted in excess of three weeks (how many hours is that then?) working on crochet items, paper jewellery (that you didn't even take with you to sell on the day, did you?), christmas decorations (again, didn't take the ones that you'd made) ... complete waste of time and effort (and money ... don't forget the pounds down the toilet - big negative point that).

Then you look at someone like Kendra WIlkinson (or whatever her name is), who blazenly spews out on I'm a Celebrity (no, I don't watch it) that she earned over half a million dollars in one year STRIPPING ... makes me want to shoot myself in the head.

Oh well, here's to some more time wasting ... because for the next couple of MONTHS I'm going to be trying to write the damn book and get it sent (accepted) to a publisher.

*(the other me)