So today is supposed to be my last day of work for the year - self imposed, self directed. I still have work to complete that I think might be done today but I am not convinced it will be. This leads me to wonder how I am going to manage the challenge of not working while … Continue reading Opportunity to contribute to a blog post – Tips on How to Stay Out of Office Mode while on Holiday
I realised today that there are times when I binge on fiction novels, or at least books in general and today I finished Insurgent, book number 2 in the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Gosh I just love her work! When I finished it though I went from feeling relaxed and happy to enjoy a … Continue reading Gratitude Day 6 – The mind is a curious thing
There was a time in my life when I would have brushed this idea aside and rushed forward anyway, forgetting about what everyone else needed from me, forgetting time itself and therefore the need to be organised, provide food, be a good mum, etc.
I've come to the realisation that until I can chose for me, I won't be able to fully help those around me, so today I chose. I chose me first even though my choice is informed by both the needs of my family, my business goals, my creative work and has a direct impact on my health.
It wasn't until we were in bed that I realised that I had not written a blog post yesterday. I felt fine. I wasn't sick and didn't have a serious emergency. I just plumb forgot! Did the world fall apart? Did the potholes of my life interrupt my ability to communicate? Did my social media … Continue reading Bumps in the road
I used the think that authors spent their days just working on their novels, hidden away in some tiny paper laden room or spread out on a deck chair tapping away on their laptops (actually, this is the extreme version, of course!), but since setting up a business to support authors in their pursuit to self publish, I have discovered that this is not the case at all.
But while I sat there, picking off grubs from the rich smelling mint, I 'watched' her from my main characters' point of view. Imagination is a wonderful thing. And being able to sit with this character and kind of 'method act' with her and think about the joint past they share, has also provided my main character with some insight into their relationship.
The good news is that this morning I sat down and worked until I had tipped over the 8,000 word mark. This made me very happy and I now have 41,800 words to write. As tomorrow is the 8th, I now have 22 days in which to do this and if I can write 1900 words per day I will complete the challenge.
I think the point for me is that there are times when my schedule needs to flex in order to recalibrate my body. If my body feels less than capable, it seems to have a direct correlation on my thinking skills which in turn impacts my ability to create amazing work.
I think there could be a golden opportunity in allowing scenes to come to the surface when they want to. I have no idea if this is how other writers work, but it's working for me.