February 4, 2011

My life has really gotten hectic this year. Who knew life could be so hard after school? (My Mum, actually. She’s been warning me for years, but did I listen? A little bit, but I didn’t think it would be this bad.) I’ve been really busy and I’ve got a lot of stress to deal with.

I’m stressing about trying to find a job. I’m stressing about university. I’m stressing about how to make the long commute to university each day. I’m stressing about trying to pass my driving test.

All this stress is adding up, and it’s taking a toll on my writing/blogging life. I’m not writing much, and I certainly am not blogging anymore.

So, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for a little while. It wasn’t an easy decision, and I’ve been thinking about it for a week or so. I get really guilty every time a week goes by without a new post, but I no longer have the time or energy to write posts.

I will resume blogging once my life gets back in order. I don’t know when this will be; it could be as soon as March, or it could be a lot longer (although I am thinking the stress should subside by March).

I’ll still be around on Twitter, and I’ll still be writing.

Thanks for reading.


When Writing Becomes Work

January 17, 2011

I’ve always enjoyed creating. I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was younger, I would write for fun. That’s why I’ve never really revised anything before.

But this revision is not fun. It’s starting to become work. Sometimes, I have to sit down and force myself to work on the revision.

Lately though, I’ve been working on a short story. It’s a little different from my usual work; my WIP, and what I usually read, are thrillers, while this short story is a murder mystery – a genre I haven’t written in (or read) for a while.

I’m having lots of fun writing this. I’ve had the idea for a while, but never really did anything about it until now. The details came as I wrote it. Originally I was going to have a team of detectives, but when I started writing, I decided on just one detective, plus her sidekick.

Tell me, in the comments: what do you do when writing becomes work?

Just a Little Joke

January 14, 2011

A woman applies for a job. Her application is successful and she gets an interview with her employer. The interview goes well until he asks her:

‘Ma’am, could you tell me, what are some of your skills?’

‘Well,’ the woman replies, ‘I write short stories, several of which have been published by big writing magazines. I’ve written three novels in the past three years, and the latest book has landed me an agent. The book is scheduled to be released in November. I’m currently writing a sequel to the book and I should have the rough draft finished in May.’

The employer nods. ‘That’s very interesting, but I was referring to what skills you have which could be used during office hours.’

The woman replies ‘They are my office hour skills.’

New Year, New Font, New Passion

January 10, 2011

I’ve always used to Times New Roman to type. Always. I’ve never even considered using anything else to type.

But, this year, I spontaneously decided to change the font of my WIP to Georgia… and I love it! Ever since changing, I’ve had a renewed passion for writing, and the words are just flowing out onto the page. I’m easily going over my daily 250 words which I try to write each day, in record time! (It can usually take half an hour to get my 250 words. I haven’t timed myself in Georgia font, but it doesn’t feel like 30 minutes).

What font do you use to write?

2010: The Year in Review

December 31, 2010

2010 has been a really big year for me. Here are some of the things I’ve done this year.

Year 12: I finished school this year and graduated.

Finished the rough draft of my novel: I finished writing the rough draft of my WIP in July and I’ve been editing it ever since. I’m making slow progress, but it’s still progress.

Published: I submitted a short story for a national competition and had it published. (Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I blogged about that achievement. That will be a story for next year).

Travel: I went to Vietnam in September on a school trip (again, I think I forgot to blog about it) which was amazing, and I also flew north for an end of school holiday (Airlie Beach, near Mackay, for those who have an atlas handy). The travel bug has been re-ignited, and I’m eager for 2011 to be filled with exciting new destinations!

How has 2010 been for you? What exciting things did you do? What were your achievements? What are you hoping 2011 will bring?

Writing Update

December 20, 2010

I’ve been pretty much absent for about a month, so I thought I’d give you an update on my writing.

I’m making slow progress with the revisions on my WIP, but I’ve finished the read through an decided my chapters are too big. I’ve decided to cut them all and half, and right now, I’m writing a new beginning, but then I’ll be going through each chapter and making alterations as per the notes I took in the read through.

I’m writing an action scene in chapter Three, which I’m struggling with. Writing this chapter has really become work.

I’ve also been reading lots more since school ended. I’ve got four more novels reserved at my local library and with Christmas around the corner, I’ll have stacks more. The latest novel I’ve read, Crusader Gold, has been a bit of a dud. I felt it was 300 pages of dialogue and info dumping, and no sense of an antag until 100 pages in. Even then, the protagonists didn’t meet him until the last quarter. I was really disappointed because the first book was good, and there aren’t too many archaeological thrillers out there, so I have to take what I can get.

How has your month been, reading and writing wise?

Revision Blues

November 5, 2010
  • My chapters are too long. They need to be cut in half. This would also probably make me move quicker in my revision, as I think I’m much more likely to work if I can do it one chapter at a time.
  • Smaller chapters = less time needed to revise = able to find more time = done quicker
  • When I wrote the chapter I had NO idea on correct apostrophe use. GAH!
  • Oh-my-god-how-can-I-only-be-reading-chapter-nine-when-I-started-reading-over-in-july?
  • Exam Block begins today. There goes any chance of editing for the next week.

How are you going with your novel?