Writer Thoughts

Continuing a Story

You may be wondering what I have been up to? There was the carefully thought out plan. Have a small break, work on another project, then begin editing. The only problem with this is less than week after finishing a first draft, I was itching to keep going with the story. Oops!

The Quandary

At the moment it’s all about figuring out how to cram in editing between writing. You see, book number 5 wants to write itself! How did that happen? All stories are different from beginning to end. Whether that’s fast or slow, easy or really annoying.

Changing Rhythm

Why would books in the same series by completely different to write? Each book contains a story that has some heavy lifting to do to enrich the overall plot. All the while characters grow and change. It’s complicated and this time it’s the penultimate story. There’s a serious reveal before the very last book in the serious and I am struggling not to write.

Writing Flow

Since things are a little topsy-turvy I thought I would go with the flow and see what eventuates. It may change things around a bit, but that’s half the fun of being a writer.

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10 Random Facts About Me Tag

Reaches final part of the first draft for Book 4, gets nominated for 6 Blog and Instagram Tags!!!

It always happens when you are really busy and excited about a project. My writing speeds up near the end. The last week I wrote 5 times more than usual, and had to remind myself what sleep was. It really is like reading the final pages of a book, you just want to know how the story ends.

It’s catch up time and I would like to thank Claire @brizzlelassbooks for the nomination. She has a fantastic review blog with books I need to add to my wish list 🙂 So here goes!

10 Random Facts About Me

1. I am fueled by tea. A nice english breakfast tea is the best for cold weather.
2. Biscuits go really well with tea. I especially like dunking them in the cup 🙂
3. I do have a desk, but I prefer writing on my laptop while sitting on the couch.
4. I taught the cat how to use the backspace button and delete words. This was not intentional 😦
5. I listen to a recording of rain while it is raining outside. You never can be too careful with setting ambience.
6. I forget when I am wearing headphones with a cord attached to the laptop. Especially when I have to reach over for the dictionary 😛
7. I buy books to stock up the bookshelf. It also doubles as a library, you never know when a friend wants to borrow one.
8. I read more than one book at a time. It’s like visiting old friends, I pack them in a small carry basket so I know where to find them.
9. I only bend a book partway when reading. It helps to protect the spine.
10. I use random pieces of paper as bookmarks. A ‘to do’ list, receipt or envelope are all useful for finding the right page.

Thank you for the nomination 🙂

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Deleting Words

The last couple of weeks I have been setting up a new laptop much to the cat’s amusement. It’s a cheap, easy to use replacement for the old secondhand one. That gave a warning before it was about to die. It didn’t take long for the cat to work out that the keyboard is low and comfortable to walk on. The cat’s favourite button is the ‘backspace’. It cannot understand why I have an issue with that. Needless to say it knows I have a habit of deleting the last two words I wrote.

Habits

Two words, and the writing session kicks in. Not what I was expecting to find, apparently I need an unfinished sentence… Hmm, I will have to think about that. Well what do you know, it works. Everyone has their own quirks and it’s taken a while to find mine. There are so many times when the process has had to stop and start. It makes finding the little nuances critical. It’s like finding that all important first step that leads to another, then another.

Keeping Track

There is nothing quite like keeping track and stickers are not for me. I have a highlighter pen, a calender, and jot down how many words I wrote. Gaps are part of the schedule, but it’s easier to acknowledge them than try and do too much. The cat has claimed half my desk and insists on glaring at me. While purring at the same time when I type away on the keyboard. The look says ‘you should be writing’. I continue because I really don’t want any more words deleted. Thank you cat for being so supportive and taking an interest in my keyboard.