Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Scrivener motivation...

Writing has been tough going recently. It's not that I don't still love what I'm writing... I do. I just haven't been able to sit down and write as much as I would like, because my father's in hospital. Even when I have been able to sit down and write, I've been tired (and worried and upset) and writing hasn't always flowed well.

Until recently (when he got transferred to a hospital closer to Mum), taking my Mum to visit him involved a 50-mile round trip and at least 4-5 hours out of my day. The Rest of Life™ had to fit into the time remaining, squeezing writing into ever smaller portions of time. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about how I was managing to get some stuff done, even if I had fairly tiny windows to work in That was working well for scene planning and background research and so on, but perhaps less well for writing a whole scene. And then when I did get a chunk of time to write in, my focus wasn't always great.

But, I finally discovered that the session target feature in Scrivener could stay as a floating window as I wrote.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018


What my desk looks like, most of the time!
I am still loving writing this (when I get the chance... see my last couple of posts for why writing time has become even more precious than normal). I spent a bit of time a week or so ago looking at the plot and sorting out how a new strand that had developed fitted in with the rest of the book (and in fact the rest of the trilogy) and it dawned on me... there's a fourth book there. The story doesn't end at the end of this book (though one major arc will be finalised) - there's a whole new aspect I could still write about.

This is ridiculously thrilling and scary to think about. Thrilling because I don't want to let these characters and their world go. Scary, because I had plans for three other, different, unrelated books that I intended to work on once I'd 'finished' the trilogy. I have writing plans that will take me years to complete. I wonder how many of them will ever actually get written?

How I feel about these characters is in complete contrast to how I feel about finishing the follow-on from The Wrong Kind of Clouds/The Call. If I never saw those characters again, I wouldn't care. The thought of not writing about Aeron and Faran and the rest of them fills me with dismay. Maybe I will end up spending the rest of my life writing about them. Part of me is perfectly happy with that idea, but a big chunk of me also wants to explore the other projects that are piling up around my ears.

Whatever I decide to do, I need to get these three books finalised first!

Anyone else had a project that just grew and grew?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Writing in small chunks of time...

You may have gathered from last week's (lack of) post that life here got busy. My Dad has been ill for a while and got readmitted to hospital last week, so writing (and life in general) has had to take a bit of a back seat.

A while ago, I did two amazing (and free!) courses by Writers' HQ - "14 days to a solid writing habit" and "Turbocharge your creativity". If you've not done them, I really recommend them! And their blog. Just them, really. They're amazing!

Anyway, in the 14 days to a solid writing habit course, the exercises started small - ten minutes of writing, building up to longer sessions. One of the biggest things I learned from this course was that I could squeeze at least some writing into even a tiny portion of time. That has been a godsend this last fortnight or so!

Thankfully, I'm a planner. I may not have had big enough chunks of time in which to write a scene over the last couple of weeks, but I have had time to plan out scenes. If and when I do then get a bit of time to write, the scene is prepped and ready to go. I tend to plan out the start of the scene and how I'm going to finish the scene (because otherwise I get tired and it can ramble on!) and the key things that need to happen in the scene. I also run through my checklist (which I wrote about here) to make sure that the scene is earning its place.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Writing, interrupted...

Sorry - no new post this week. Family illnesses stole all my time and energy.

Back next week.