I often have no idea what to blog about.
Sure, I'm a writer. That's probably an odd thing for a writer to admit on her blog. Primarily, though, fiction is my jam. And figuring out what to talk about on my blog, month after month is often far harder for me than it should be.
That is why I've decided to open up my life to you and give you a direct peek into my world. Near the beginning of the year, I wrote about how keeping a writing diary has been helping me to stay on track with my writing goals. Now, I'm going to show you what 's inside it.
Those of you that have kept any form of diary before will know that the content of one's diary is an extremely personal thing. Publishing that content to the world wide web is going to feel like standing naked in the middle of Tesco's. However, by sharing parts of this journey into writing and self-publishing my debut novel with you, you'll come to realise that if I can achieve my dream through grit and spit, then by damn, so can you!
Oh, there's one more thing you should know before we proceed. I am a slow writer. I am George Martin slow (sorry George!). I have an awful habit of being perfectionist. Therefore, my word count goals are often SMALL in comparison to most. Okay? Good.
I'll start at the beginning.
January 1st, 2018
GOAL: Finish 2nd draft of Crimson Touch by the end of April.
I'm working on chapter 18. I feel like I want to go back over some previous chapters and edit/improve, but maybe that is because I've hit the 'saggy middle'.
I will try not to go back too much, or spend too much time revisiting completed chapters. This would be COUNTERPRODUCTIVE!
Half a page written, despite feeling ill.
January 3rd, 2018
Picked at a few words, did something else instead...
6th January, 2018
Not a good week. Ill Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday should be better. Then, I have next week off to smash my writing goals.
8th January 2018 -- Monday
First good writing day this year. I wrote one and a half pages. Not a bad start to the week!
Feeling 80% better today.
This is the kind of thing I put in my writing diary. I put my current thoughts into words. I celebrate my wins and I record my worst days. This is purely used as a deterrent, because when the bad days start to pile up, it's awful to look at. They're harder to ignore on paper, and you can't make them go away.
Author of bite-sized stories, with debut novel Crimson Touch out 2019.