Got to get on

I should have been visiting elder son and family today but they are in a level 2 area and so are currently prevented from having visitors. Instead we’ve had a video chat, which for little boys of 4 and 5 years old, is a great opportunity to pull faces, blow raspberries and be generally over excitable. Son apologised, but I said that little boys should be little boys – it’s what they do! The house is quiet – Husband has joined a rambling group. Taking a packed lunch, he has gone for his first walk with them today. I hope he enjoys it as he usually walks alone, accompanied only by his camera. He’s going to use it as a recce to spot any potential areas to return to when he can spend a longer time getting the best out of it. This time of year is fabulous for someone who enjoys landscape photography. I love this evening picture of the Bristol Suspension Bridge on one of his outings.

Bridge

As for me, I’ve put washing in the machine, made a cup of coffee and have had a quick skip through the newspaper with every intention of returning to the writing of book 2 as soon as I’ve finished this post. I shall then settle down with my characters for the rest of the day. There are several household jobs to do, and some bulbs to plant but I’ve learned that if writing gets left until there is time to do it, it doesn’t actually get done.

I was really pleased to have completed more than 2,000 words in three hours yesterday afternoon. Granted the punctuation and syntax is a bit hit and miss and the continuation somewhat ropey but I’m trying a new method of writing (as advised by my lovely new literary friend, Jessica). It’s called NaNo and I’ve been reading all about it. The best bit about it for me is that it advocates no editing as I go. To do so is hugely time consuming and interrupts flow. I’m not finding it easy to rein in my natural tendency to get each sentence exactly as I want it before moving on to the next, but it’s certainly getting easier. The more I practice, the better at it I will hopefully become. I think it will suit me in the long run. If only I’d used it when I was writing university assignments I might have had time to party as a student should! I’m not sure that I’ll reach the suggested 50,000 words in one month but I have booked a week off work in mid November and will be treating it as a holiday from everything apart from writing. I took part in several writing retreats when at uni and loved how they allowed total immersion in one’s story.

By the way, there was a fab interview with Jessica via Facebook the other evening. If you’d like to know more about how she writes, develops plots, I really recommend it. I’ve never entered one of these Facebook interviews before but it works very well. There is an opportunity to type questions in and ‘Kim the Bookworm’ who sets up such interviews with a number of authors (I’ll be looking out for more), will put them to the interviewee. I certainly identified with Jessica’s comments about the amount of time preparing book submissions takes being painful , and how anyone who has gone through the process knows how hideous it is. Oddly, it makes me feel a whole lot better to have that message reinforced.

Even if you’ve not read any of Jessica’s books, it’s worth watching just to hear how a successful author works. I was pleased to hear that one of her favourites books is also mine – Starry Skies over the Chocolate Pot Cafe. I couldn’t help agreeing with the friend who text me after reading it … we want to work in the Chocolate Pot!

https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/videos/626126694728908/

Here’s to a great weekend for each of you. Must go now …I’ve got to get on.

10 comments

  1. Eloise – wonderful that you are onto book 2. I am a clairvoyant and I can tell you that when we are compelled to follow a certain path – it is because we are meant to. This next part of your destiny is unfolding. Congratulations.

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  2. Here where I live, people do what they want. What I want is to be sure that the people I love are safe. I have seen my little grand daughter twice since May. It is tough. They grow so quickly when they are not yet two years old. I hope to see them before Christmas, but our cases have doubled since last month, so I’m not sure what the future holds. There are just way too many people who simply refuse to take the most minimal precautions to protect others, and as long as we have this stubborness, we will have Covid, I’m afraid. Still, it is a wonderful thing to have techology to make virtual visits possible.

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    • I’m so sorry that you’ve seen so little of your granddaughter. I know what it is to miss the little ones. I’ve been luckier with the older ones who live closer as I was able to stand at the top of their path and chat with them from there every so often during lockdown, when out for a walk. Sadly, I have to agree with you – there are far too many people who have stopped taking it seriously (if indeed they ever did) and it is they who are making it worse for the rest of us.

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  3. Hi Eloise, sorry you weren’t able to see your family as planned. The virtual world is not a great substitute but it’s better than not seeing our loved ones at all. Hope your husband enjoyed his ramble. That photo he took is stunning. The sky and lighting are gorgeous. It’s the sort of image I’m sure my husband would seek out if we were in the area.

    So pleased to read that you’re getting along with the NaNo approach. It does take a little easing into, especially when you’re used to editing as you go, but I suspect you’re well on your way to embracing this as your new way of writing from what you’ve said. I like to aim for around 2k words a day but don’t punish myself if I don’t. Last week, I managed it for 3 days, had a day where I was editing a different book and didn’t hit any words on my new MS and another day where I managed 632. If I hadn’t taken the NaNo approach, I’d never have managed 6,686 words. I look forward to hearing how you get on with it going forwards.

    Thank you so much for the kind words about my interview. I really enjoyed it and felt honoured to be asked. There’s a different author at 8pm every Tuesday and I’ve listened to quite a few. It’s become my regular Tuesday night fixture and I find it really interesting to hear about the journeys to publication other writers have had and how they approach their work.

    Wishing you a relaxing Sunday x

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    • Hi Jessica, I shall no doubt be tuning into more interviews. I think we can always learn from others, even if it’s just to reinforce something we already know. I’ve been cooking this morning, but promised myself that I’d be writing again by 12.30, so just time for a bit of blog-related stuff first. I shocked myself by writing 2,300 words yesterday! Unheard of. I’m determined not to read through it today – that is where I fall down. If I do I will end up editing and write very little new today. The day before I only managed a couple of hundred, squashed in between other commitments. It will balance out. Take care.X

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  4. I’m sorry you were not able to visit your elder son and family, but, so glad that you were able to video chat, instead. That’s what I do with my daughter; she lives 400+ miles from me and we haven’t been able to visit in person since early March when she came down for a visit. We will continue to video chat until she is able to visit in person, someday. Maybe in time for the holidays.

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    • Oh Bless, I hadn’t realised that your daughter had not been able to visit for so long; I know she often hopped onto a plane pre-Covid. But yes, thank goodness for video calls – we are very lucky to have them to fall back on.

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    • I identify with you tearful emojis, Wendy. Sometimes I get tearful and wonder whether life will ever return to normal. I guess we all go through that. It was lovely to see their dear little faces. X

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