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Faffing vs procrastination   Leave a comment

I can’t decide whether I’m faffing or procrastinating. Sure I’m contemplating some very serious questions – Is my daylight clock possessed? Will my only run this year give me rock hard abs? (Yes & unfortunately not).


Posted July 14, 2014 by Susan in Uncategorized

Another holiday has started – will this be the one for success?   Leave a comment

I’m busy thinking about writing – that counts, right? Just like when I think about going on a diet or I think about going for a run. It all helps, subliminally. So maybe I’ll just subliminally write a book, and lose some weight and become a marathon runner. In the same way that my hair will miraculously grow and my feet will shrink. Or maybe I could just get a grip and get on with it. Unfortunately for me that plan is currently not on for 2 reasons;

1. I’m waiting for my laptop to charge. I’m hopeless at typing on the keyboard for my desktop so I really am doing well if I finish this blog post (& the screen is so far away that I’m struggling to see it!

2. I’m totally and utterly fresh out of ideas. That amazing and wonderful novel that was going to be my key to wealth (film rights and merchandising included) is pretty crap. I suspect that I’ve left it far too long between chapters. 17k words of setting the scene and I have no idea how to jump into the action.

My options (including only the sensible ones) include switching it all off and getting hammered (althogh I’m syncing my iTunes match so I can’t actually switch off) or just sit here staring for long enough that something comes to me. Which so far has worked, in that I have had a brilliant idea for a middle grade reader. Problem being it totally sucks and only seems brilliant because I have nothing else going on. Another option is (as always) to do some housework. But I think I’d rather stare into space because as rubbish as my writing is, my dusting is much worse. Kidding! I don’t dust – I find that keeping surfaces cluttered really helps out in the whole dusting department. Dust can’t settle on the furniture if it can’t reach said furniture.

I was really hoping a rant would kick start my writing for the day. Obviously not đŸ˜¦ Maybe I’ll do my tax return instead…

Posted July 3, 2013 by Susan in Uncategorized

Another grand bites the dust   Leave a comment

Well, well, well. Somehow I’ve managed to break through the elusive 15,000 barrier. Only three times more than I’d ever managed. Having had a *few* weeks off I did have to do a wee bit of revision but pretty sure plot advances are consistent with what has come before.

I had thought that I wanted to end the story with a consolatory (but improved) conclusion. That’s a very pretentious way of saying she doesn’t get back with him but discovers that someone better was under her nose the whole time. After reading a (very different) story earlier this week I realised that I really, really want both love interests to be complete f**kwits. Seriously. I want my readers (or maybe just me) to really feel the storyline. As many parts of it are unrealistic can we just fall back on our trusted cliche. Teenage boys think & feel, but their brains are in no way involved in either process. Of course they’re gonna ruin everything for our protagonist.

I’m super excited to write all the horrible heartbreak. Devastated then hopeful then broken then fixed (but not by a boy!). Just gotta decide on my heartbreak music!

Posted May 8, 2013 by Susan in ramblings

You kid- right?   Leave a comment

Oh yeah. 12,000 words written in the last 36 hours. The plot still has some cohesion (definitely need a huge amount of editing to fix inconsistencies) but who cares! And I’m not even that far into the story yet. The main premise has been mentioned and explained in some detail BUT there are many events that will take place within the main premise. What started out as a short story seems to be growing arms and legs. Ha! The best part is that now I know I can write copies quantities in one siting I might be able to write my children’s book. Yay me!

Posted April 5, 2013 by Susan in reviews

And here we go…   Leave a comment

So far this morning I’ve been such a busy beaver. I’ve visited the tip, the post office and the supermarket. I’ve also gone for a wee run and (get this) written another 1,000 words. That’s right. In the last 24 hours I’ve written more than in the last year of trying. Get in! So I’m still only at around 7,000 words but I think that’s not bad for less than 24 hours. If only I could keep kit up then I could have a novel finished before I go back to work on the 15th. Pretty sure that’s not going to happen but I’m loving what I’m writing so it’s all good.

I think my new outlook on writing has definitely been a turning point for me. I’m not sure if I can call myself a writer yet though. Do I need to be published (and I don’t include those 100 word web articles that pay £1.50 a pop) to call myself a writer?does it matter? At the moment I think not.

Need to put a pin in my writing & get back to the day job (well not the actual day job, the hobby that pays, unlike writing which currently does not pay!).

Posted April 5, 2013 by Susan in ramblings

Writing update – oh my!   Leave a comment

And I think we are on to a winner! 4,506 words in one evening. Is this what inspiration feels like?


Posted April 4, 2013 by Susan in ramblings

Another one?   Leave a comment

Oops, I started ANOTHER story today. After spending the whole afternoon putting off sitting down I finally did it. And by golly gosh I’m glad I did. Because I think I have written a decent chapter. In one day. So it’s only 2,500 words long. That’s ok, it’s young adult. But there might not be enough meat in the story to get to the elusive 50,000+ words. That’s ok because I have had a bit of a revelation (drum roll please)… Who cares?!? I don’t write to become rich and famous. I write because I enjoy it. I don’t write to pay the bills. I write to enjoy it. I don’t write for anyone but myself so… WHO CARES!?! I don’t.

How many people are lucky enough to have a hobby that doesn’t cost them anything but time? Certainly the other things I do for fun cost me mega bucks so why not just enjoy the writing for what it is. An escape. An escape from the monotony of real life. An escape that reading used to provide. Because recently reading has not been a winning hobby for me.

I think engaging in the writing process has encouraged me to be a much more critical reader. Before I would read all sorts of nonsense, with little or no attention paid to the actual writing as the appropriateness of each word choice. So I have now become a word snob who likes to read trashy books. So my new piece of writing is just a trashy storyline, with a lot of good word choices. And I love it!

Here’s to the next 2,500 words. Which may be the end of the story, or just e beginning…

Posted April 4, 2013 by Susan in ramblings