20 Days of blog posts: Day 11

Friday, 10th November ’17

I only wrote half a chapter.

Then I went and I played around making a physical copy of my books through CreateSpace.

Then I went and watched a lot of CreateSpaceĀ unboxing videos. Those people have better book covers than I do šŸ˜¦ But then I did all my covers myself.

Less than ten days until I return to Edinburgh.

First month back in Australia

I arrived back in Australia at the beginning of September. I spent my first week in Melbourne and then returned to Queensland. In a previous post, I mentioned that I was going to use this time between visas as a cheap arse writing retreat since I have the luxury of not having to work.

In the first two weeks, I didn’t write shit šŸ˜¦

I was really bummed about it too. Like why wasn’t I in the mood to write or edit? It’s not like I had stories that needed work. So for days I was in an ‘erh’ mood and then one day boom, I had a thought and I liked it and now I’ve written 10,000 words for it. This is another Sci-Fi novella. Then I had another idea and wrote like 5,000 words in one day šŸ˜€ That was two days ago.

It’s strange how finding a story happens. I think that maybe soft Sci-Fi is turning out to be my preferredĀ genre.

Why Some Stories Take Longer Than Others.

Stop. Start. Stop. Start again.

Zoom, zoom, zoom. Page after page.

Why do some of my stories take longer to write than others?

Is it because I’m just not that into them?

Or maybe they are more boring than my others?

Maybe I was never going to be writing at all today.

I finish a chapter than pause, I start the next one and it says unfinished for weeks. But then I open word again and it’s page after page.

The word count passes 10,000 and I pause again.

Is it because I’m lazy? Procrastination? Writer’s Block?

Is that even a real thing? Isn’t it just a physical manifestationĀ of our sub-conscious knowing that there is something wrong with the story?

I change the story’s direction in my head and I write some more.

I pause, I have doubts.

Maybe a break will do.

Let my grey mushy brain churn my story in my sleeping brain.

Maybe in a few days, I’ll have more to add, even though I kind of know where my story is going anyway.




Another story, another draft

Gotta get to my goal of 10 stories by the age of 30! It’s been about a week or two where I’ve been lazy about my writing. So now I’ve forced myself to get back into a novella that I wrote on the fly a month or so ago. I’m thinking I might change the name, but I’ll see how I feel about it closer to completion.

Latest The Backup Girl Edit

I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix šŸ˜¦ Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.