I have spent the last hour trying to find the right job title to suit a group of staff in my story. They would be a mix between a matron in a boarding school, administrator and a caregiver, but I just can’t find a words that fits right.
I think I need to leave it for now and hopefully the right word will come to me in a dream.
So starting a new job has taken up a lot more time both physically and emotionally. A lot of the free time I used to have is now gone and the time I do have free I mostly just want to chill out. It has not left me with much time or motivation to write.
I am trying to make sure I do at least some writing each week but to be honest I have achieved very little of late. And I don’t see it really improving for another couple months. Hopefully at that point my work things will shift around a bit and I’ll have more time to myself.
Until then I will keep trying to write little by little. Currently working through the first part of The House of Broken.
My strategy when I was writing this time was to keep writing even when I was blocked at points. Just write whatever I could and get the basic idea of what I wanted to write down. Now I am reading through and re-writing large sections adding some of the extras I have missed (I expect even more extras to come in later edits too).
This writing method seems to be working better for me than staring at the screen trying to get one word right and in the process forgetting the rest of the sentences I wanted to write.
For me, writing only works if it is an established daily habit. If I were to wait for that creative spark to hit I would go a month easy and not write a single thing. And worse still I wouldn’t even notice. I can get so caught up in everything else that writing just gets pushed to the side.
I thought when I finished my studies I would have all this time to spend on my writing but I neglected to consider how much of my time and energy I would have to put into setting up my new business. I didn’t write a single word last week.
I need to work on building a better daily habit, even if I only get a paragraph done. Something is better than nothing.
While writing Coffee, Cats and an Act of Murder I listened to a lot of Lindsey Stirling but that playlist just did quite fit the mood for The House of Broken so I have been hunting around on Spotify and found some promising candidates.
If you are curious what I listen to while writing here is the first playlist I am trialing.
It has been forever since I have been able to sit down and really focus on writing, and that is partially my fault. I am really bad at staying on task without a deadline and so it took a lot longer to finish my Cert3 and Cert4 than it should have. But I am finished at last and so here I am.
I actually finished two weeks ago but it has taken my brain this long to settle back into writing mode. I spent days just staring at the screen doing nothing but last night while driving home after the gym the words started coming. Yay.
My main focus right now is to edit the first part of The House of Broken. There are a lot of gaps I know I need to go back to and it with help to remind me of what has happened so far.
If all goes well you should be hearing from me a lot more regularly.
However you choose to celebrate I hope you all enjoyed some extra time off work (or the extra penalty rates).
I took advantage of the public holiday to catch up and play board games with some friends and though I did not eat even one chocolate egg there was a lot of pizza.
As for my writing I am still caught up in my studies but the end is near in sight and I’m starting the feel that familiar itch in my brain. Hopefully before too long I will be able to sit and do some editing for the House of Broken.
It’s been quite a while since I sat down to do any writing, or even wrote something on this blog. Lately I’ve been focused on my studies and trying to get my Cert IV in Fitness completed, so I put all my creative outlets to the side.
But now that I’m on holidays I’ve been taking a bit of a break and been reading some random books I borrowed from the library. And the itch to write is coming back strong.
I suppose it couldn’t hurt to put my studies to the side for a little bit longer. I’d better start making some coffee.
After staring at my screen last night and writing nothing I decided to give up and go to sleep instead.
Wonderfully it seems that my brain kept thinking about it overnight and now the words are flowing easily.
Sometimes taking a break can be the most productive path forward.
I was all ready to sit down and start writing. Hot drink ready, cat taking a nap out of the way; everything was perfect until I actually had to start typing.
I just keep staring at the screen and I think I’m just going to give up for the night.
Today I am debating with myself about chapter titles.
While I was writing Coffee, Cats, and An Act of Murder I considered adding chapter titles but it just didn’t work out. Every time I tried I couldn’t think of titles that I liked or could only think up a few good ones and the rest sucked.
Now I am writing House of Broken and so I decided to revisit the idea. I have actually named the first 4 chapters, just nice simple names. But now I am reconsidering.
While I like the focus having chapter titles gives me while writing I worry that they are too constrictive. At times I want to write about other little things going on around my characters. These events are not big enough for their own chapter but do they belong as part of the named chapter when it has nothing to do with the name?
My second concern is spoilers. Even though my titles are simple, could they actually give away clues of what will happen in the future. I feel it has already happened with one title already. And will I get stuck agonizing over a title instead of actually writing?
Or is this just me overthinking everything?
For now I think I will persevere with the titles but they may get dropped further down the line. If you have an opinion on the subject let me know; I would love to hear your thoughts.