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