New home in time for Xmas

It’s been a month since I returned to Edinburgh and I have barely written anything. We had a bit of trouble finding stable accommodation. We’ve been staying in motels, a friend’s large cupboard and then his room while he was gone, but now we’ve moved into a new place that does month by month rent.

Finding a place in Edinburgh has been really difficult. I never realized that it was going to be this hard. I can see how people become a bit homeless sometimes 😦 So many places also employed the tactic of requesting money first before even seeing the room. Yikes!! No way!

It was stressful and a bit depressing, but now that we’ve moved into this new place I should be calming down and getting into a routine. I’ve also had to take the bus to work now 😦 I wish I lived closer, but it’s just too expensive 😦

I was hoping to have one of my novella’s out for the new year, but I do not think that is going to happen 😦 I have a new appreciation for those writers who have to commute to work a lot.

Only 6 days until Xmas.

20 Days of blogs: Day 18

Friday, 17th November ’17

I editing finished the last 10 pages of The Things We Do. Which seemed to go on forever. I then spent the rest of the day looking online to see if it might be a good thing for me to put my upcoming novellas in the KDP Select program.

I haven’t thrown myself into the whole marketing side of writing because I am a quieter person. I’m planning on taking the slow but steady route. Where I’m going to get a bunch of stories out and then begin to put my presence. Because then I would already have a bunch of stories out there for people to read 🙂

20 Days of blog posts: Day 17

Thursday, 16th November ’17

I managed to edit 31 pages of my novella The Things We Do. I have another 10 pages to go, but I’m just too tired. I had already given this story to some people to read a few months ago. They said that they liked it and wanted to know what happened after the book finished. I’m not sure if I want to write a sequel, I don’t have much of an idea of what the next journey will be.

But as I was going over it again, I saw a lot of mistakes. I mean quite a lot. It makes me wonder what my friends thought of my writing. I know one person only managed the first few chapters because they started it stoned and then forgot about it 😦 Thanks for that.

 

20 Days of blog posts: Day 4,5,6

Started a new thing only to ditch it after three days. I went off to Melbourne for my husband’s 31st and while there did no writing. I also found out I can’t remember my blog password as I tried to log on form my phone. But at least I can automatically log on from my laptop.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this novella I have written. It’s 30,000 words and I made the main character black. She’s black because I’ve never written a protagonist that is another race before. I figured why not? If I make her like all my other characters what’s the issue?

But when I read articles about the issue I saw that there were a lot of opinions about it. Some people say that white people shouldn’t write about black people because they can’t do them justice, while others say that there is not enough diversity in literature. The fact that I’m writing this seems like some kind of justification for my choices.

Why would I write about a character that is a different race to me? The biggest factor would be because I haven’t before. I’ve only ever written white protagonists, and the reason why is because white characters are most familiar to me as that is what I know. I decided to mix it up because I just wanted to try something different.

I was worried that I might not be able to do her justice as a character in the story, but then I could do that with white characters. I was worried that she wouldn’t be as good as my other characters. But I realized that I can only write her the way I write my other characters.

It helps a lot that the story isn’t set in present day but in undisclosed future/world where she lives in an isolated military country. I am able to present the world as one where race isn’t as important as the mental state. Becuase, lets be honest, I only know what it’s like to be myself. I hope that people who read the story will view her the same as they would any other character.

 

I’m doing quarterly goals for my writing

Some time ago I searched online for something along the lines of goal templates. I ended up getting a whole bunch of hits in the marketing sector involving quarterly goals. But I didn’t let that get to me, I can adapt to it. So I decided that I’d try to have my writing goals set to three-month time periods. That’s a decent amount of time for having a few goals. Not loo long, not too short 🙂

Last night I managed to finish my initial draft of The Things We Do, something I had kind of dragged my heels about for two weeks because I wasn’t quite sure how stylistically I was going to end it. But I was just like screw it and changed what character was being focused on.

So now my goals from now until end of July are;

  • Second draft of The Things We Do.
  • Another draft of The Backup Girl.
  • Finish writing a first draft of Beyond This Small Moon of Ours.

The last goal has been inactive since last year. I pretty much have most of the story planned out and quiet a chunk written, but I went and let myself be distracted by other stories. My bad 😦

I have this ultimate yearly goal of publishing three/four stories. So far I’ve got one short story out there, so I’m partially there 🙂 I just need to force myself to do it.