Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Last week was a bit same old, same old – rushing about, fitting writing into small gaps that I eked out here and there, not getting into the writing task list as well as I had hoped.

So writing about it would create a post interchangeable with a number of others because this is the pattern at the moment. I have to thank you for sticking with me when it’s clear my writing life this year has not gone well at all!

So instead I will look forward; I will take the good, and build on it.

The exercises are proving to be useful: I am working, I am talking about writing, I am getting inspired. I am excited about filling up pages.

Importantly, I am making writing a habit again, because we all know that’s what it needs to be – something like brushing your teeth, a daily activity that you do without question.

This week I will be doing exercises on bibliomancy and alliteration, which will beย good fun. I’ll be using my magnetic poetry kit to create some little ditties for my husband’s amusement when he gets the milk out of the fridge in the morning. I will continue teaching our overseas consultants odd words and phrases in English, and learning a few in other languages too, I hope!

In other words, I’ll keep making writing, and words, a part of life.

Just as they should be!

Happy writing,
EJ
๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Tomorrow, tomorrow…

It’s been a ridiculously busy weekend – so I am going to cry off posting for today and catch up tomorrow when I’ve had a chance to catch my breath…

Be with you then!
Happy writing,
EJ
๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Tonight is my only night free in a week, and the last free night for another week. I love having things to do with my time but I am getting a little tired out.

So tonight I’m not doing anything in particular. I’m sitting down with a candle going, and watching a bit of trash tv. I am well aware I should be writing, or researching courses, or even just carrying on with a few writing exercises – but I’m giving in to the temptation of a lazy night.

I have read so many comments from writers saying they write even when they are tired, or excessively busy, or overwhelmed that I wonder if it means something particular when I choose not to work and watch sci-fi nonsense instead.

Perhaps it does – but perhaps it simply means I didn’t thrive on exhaustion. Perhaps it means I have less stamina. Perhaps our relative views on how busy we are is different. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

Of course this post is, in some ways, perfect evidence that I didn’t just sit and do nothing. I did do a writing exercise.

I took a few details and shared them to form a scene, and I gave the narrator free reign on a stream of consciousness. I set context, I even gave the character a personal quandary to consider.

Wow – it’s amazing how much work you can get done even if you’re taking some time out! ย But after all that effort, I really need a break ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Writing,
EJ
๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Away!

As I said on Thursday, I am having a little break – it’s our wedding anniversary and as a great believer in celebrating as much of life as possible naturally it demanded time off work, and (in due course) a pretty hotel!

I will be back on Thursday at which point I will catch you up on plot, Fred and reading!

In the meantime, have a happy few days!
EJ
๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Blog Pause

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday but I am taking a short hiatus due to illness.

I hope to be back in about a week

 

Happy writing,

EJ

๐Ÿ™‚

 

Read Full Post »

It’s actually just gone midnight so technically it’s Friday but never mind.

I have not had time to write much content this week – I feel like I’m saying this a lot at the moment but there’s been a lot going on and trying to fit everything in has been difficult.

Tomorrow/today is a difficult day for me on a personal basis but come Saturday, I will be off on a break to celebrate my first wedding anniversary which my husband and I are really looking forward to – it will be great to have a change of scenery. It’s not quite the trip we had planned a few months ago but we are lucky to get away.

One thing I always find when I go away is that my inspiration levels go up – not just for writing but for experiencing different things. I am really hoping something piques my interest over the course of our break because I need to break through this writing holding pattern I have got into.

I see other people storming ahead – a writer from our local group has just published his first poetry anthology on Amazon, another friend is about to publish his work online – and I feel I am at a standstill.

But maybe it’s not a standstill, maybe it’s a crossroads. Maybe I need to spend some time listening to my gut rather than my brain – rather than my insecurities.

If I can reconnect with the creative part of my brain over the next few days, hopefullyย I’ll be able to break the holding pattern and get back to my writing self.

Keep your fingers crossed for me – I think I’ll need it…

Happy writing,
EJ
๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

This week I thought about how I can change and improve the blog, bearing in mind my limited time and the lack of Thursday posts – which were my favourites and often the ones you guys seemed to enjoy the most.

I also thought about the sad lack of peace posts. I feel the need to bring these back into my life too; there’s so much bad in the world that a little love and care might remind us all that the bad isn’t the only story.

So I’m going to turn Thursdays into ‘Free Post Thursdays’ – I can write about whatever I fancy, whether it’s books, life, politics, tv, my ongoing obsession with dragons… You can suggest ideas if I look like I’m running out of them, but every Thursday will have something. At worst, a quote, at best, something that changes your perception in a positive way.

I’m not becoming a writer any more, after all – I am one. Now it’s time to stop hiding behind workย and sharing a little more of myself.

In other news – I also did some writing this week – as with the last couple it wasn’t as much as I wanted but it was something. I’ve built the foundations, the cellar, the first floor. I’m well into the second floor, with the third to go on from there. The roof may end up being a Welsh project after all…!

The interesting thing with the whodunnit is that it’s the first thing I’ve written in squirreled-away moments – I write onto my phone in lunch breaks, or as a passenger travelling to or from somewhere. I don’t really get much time at home to sit and do it because there’s so much else going on.

This has changed the style of my writing; it’s much choppier and direct, much more focussed on pace and movement. I’ve made silly continuity mistakes but I can fix them. I’m not sure I want to fix the pacing. Keeping things moving in a whodunnit means the reader doesn’t have time to think about the breadcrumbs you’re laying. It keeps them focussed on what’s happening next, looking forward. I think the pace of it is a big element of the genre that works for me as a writer.

I hope it works when I read it!

And finally – I’ve lost it with the 100 novels list again, but it’s 11.30pm and I have no time to fix that this week, so I’ll get myself sorted out for week 202 ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy writing,

EJ

๐Ÿ™‚

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: