Tuesday, 30 November 2010

I have had a poem chosen to go into a splendid book about butterflies.

It is called Hedge Brown and it was great poem to work on. I am pleased with the finished poem so I was very happy it was chosen. The Hedge Brown Butterfly is also known as the Gatekeeper. As soon as I read that I was inspired to write about it.

From good old Wikipedia:

"The name "Gatekeeper" may refer to its frequent occurrence near field gates and to the man who was responsible for the toll gates in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when butterflies were more numerous than they are today."

Friday, 26 November 2010

Ok I can't write a novel in a month, I just can't...

but it certainly helped me to start well and I am going to keep on with it. If I hadn't got so much work for university I think I could have given it a good shot but this month has been so busy.

The children all have a little social life that I have to help them attend. It is exhausting just driving them around and sorting out their many demands!

Monday, 15 November 2010

A barren week of writing.

Last night was the first time I worked on my novel for a while. I was too busy in real life to get to my imagined world. University work is getting more intense as well, so much reading to do every week. I am hanging on, just about!

But it means my story is suffering slightly. I am thinking about it all the time though. It has pushed poetry out of my mind which feels a little strange as I am so used to poetry ideas buzzing around all the time even as I wash up, change nappies, make dinner, walk the dog. Especially when I walk the dog. Now it is scenes from my novel flicking into my head.

Got an hour now, must write as much as I can in it.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Word Count today? 40

and they were:

'At odd times she would pick up the tarot deck and pick a card, willing it to tell her the answer, solve the confusion of her past, or predict a solid point in the frightening empty canvas of the future.'

That took long enough, and it is utter nonsense really, today has been a writing disaster. And now to bed...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The characters are taking shape and have beating hearts...

I stayed up until 2am last night, writing about my secondary characters. My main girl is quiet and her brothers are doing all the talking. I didn't get that many words done, not as many as I needed but I am pleased with what I wrote and I am excited by it. I want to to keep going and it doesn't feel like hell. It feels like fun!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Good writing advice...

I know the feeling of not writing anything because I can't decide where I want my characters to go and I don't want to commit to a path that removes all other potential pathways...which may be better.

On the NaNoWriMo website they have pep talk pages which are worth reading.

This gem stuck out, by Janet Finch (her therapist came up with it.)

"I know it feels like you have all these options and when you make a decision, you lose a world of possibilities. But the reality is, until you make a decision, you have nothing at all."

Small progress but it is hard to write in the evening.

My mind is kind of broken after seven. I just want to watch Jamie Oliver cook noodles or read Twilight. I don't even speak much in the evening, we sit in comfortable silence. After being moaned/chattered/demanded/screeched/ laughed at all day by three small peeps I run out of words.

However, I have ground out 2000 words this evening, My novel is taking a shape, a voice. Not the one I imagined, it seems to have a life of its own. Maybe an exhausted voice.

My writing buddy, Fuller, is way ahead of me. As usual I am both proud and jealous. Excellent motivation.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Haven't written a single word today.

I normally try and write in the morning but it all depends on what the children need. I find as the day goes on my ability to write slowly evaporates into exhaustion. Even though I want to achieve my goal of 15,00 words a day I have to be realistic...the kids come first. That's how it is. I will do it though, nothing will stop me being a writer and there is no time limit on it.

The cold weather makes me wish it was still the summer holidays...

Monday, 1 November 2010


So today is the start of National Novel Writing Month, the aim is to complete 50,000 words by 30th of November. There is still time to register today if anyone feels like banging a novel out. Even though I have no time I am going to attempt it. I will never get on and write a novel unless I have a time limit to work to. So I have the idea and a basic plan/ structure and I am going to write 1600 words a day (try!) Will see where it takes me, the characters could completely change and the genre. But it will be a fun challenge...or a massive stress as I fall behind in my word count.

Word and Sound poetry night at Worcester Arts Workshop.

 The venue is atmospheric and intimate. The vibe is very welcoming and chilled out.  All different styles of poets attend making it an exciting evening as you don't know where you will be taken next as the words fill the room. The next event is 17th December 730pm-10.30pm