I just had an idea, and I ran to the office to work on said idea and then it just jumped out of my brain the moment I turned on my computer.
This is an almost daily occurrence, and it's annoying as HELL.
It's not that I can't pay attention to anything. I sometimes pay attention to way too many things. A new thing comes in, and everything else is gone.
But sometimes I sit down and write something else and then, boom! The idea is back.
Not today, tho. I tried.
I have a new writing bedtime routine. It's supposedly not healthy to have screentime before bed, but this routine helps me fall asleep, and that's a win!
The routine? Write a random scene.
I open my project, and in the cut folder, I add a new scene about anything I want to.
It doesn't have to be part of the story, I do keep it.
And after a while, I get sleepy. I put away the laptop, curl up and sleep.
It doesn't matter if I use my words Ialthough I often do).
This morning, I was unsure of what to work on. I have several projects on the go (blame my brain) and I can jump into whatever I want.
But I feel the need to dive deeper and focus on only one.
So this morning I sat down, and wrote a list of reasons why I want to work on each project, and it became so clear where my passion lies.
This works in any stages of writing for me, for instance if I have different ideas of where I want to take the story etc.
And now I'm off to edit :)
The good news is that I've written a lot this past month for camp nanowrimo.
The bad news is that I'm really sucking at updating about that here.
Well, so far I'm at 30K-ish, which is really good, especially as I'm both editing and writing new stuff.
It's also more than I probably wrote in the past year or so altogether.
So I'm happy with my progress, and that's most important I guess?
I woke up very early with a pain flare and an idea for my book.
And I loved the idea so much that I grabbed my Chromebook and just started to write. I looked up after an hour or so and had 5500 words.
Not very good words, but very editable words that will be part of the book because it’s a catalyst scene that burst my MC forward to part two of the book.
And I’m so proud that even on days I wake up early and am in pain, I still am able to work.
Just wanted to document for myself that I've axed a character in my edits, she did important things to move the story forward, but I hated her.
While editing a scene I realised the character's actions made WAY more sense if they were done by another character (because of his traits).
So now character A is gone and character B takes up the reins of supporting the main character.
Love it when things like that happen, even though editing is rough.
Long time no write! I went to Glastonbury festival and after that fell into the post festival blues! But I'm back and I'm having fun writing again.
I'm editing one of the novels I want to bring to a new draft this year and edited two chapters instead of the scheduled one. Which is excellent.
I know this project needs another deep edit because I've conveniently skipped over things that were too hard to ponder about with my addled brain.
This video just made me smile big, and I thought I'd spread the joy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhtc3EX12Z8
There hasn’t been much writing these past days. A little bit of cleanup on an old journaling project, but no fiction.
I know that fiction writing will come back. It always does after moments of contemplation like this. In a way, these moments of non-writing are the most essential times. It’s where my words can percolate. #writing #writinglog
My husband found this brilliant journal for me at the thrift store. It’s so nice, has in-depth prompts that make me stare for a while before I write.
So I've been moving the projects I want to work on this year into Google Docs and I'm stupendously happy with it.
I have zipped up the rest of my writing projects, and they live in the archive directory, which I have learned to always ignore.
So not being overwhelmed by a dropbox full of files is just wonderful. And the beauty of having everything in Google Docs is that I can write anywhere, even on my phone.
btw, pomodoro timers are the best. I use the forest app.
Today was not a writing day, today was a sorting of projects day.
I have a mountain of unfinished projects, and I'm dividing them between things I would like to work on this year, things for after that, and things that are unsalvageable.
I have ten projects in my "this year" folder so far, and I know I have to cull if I want to finish something. I think I'm going to stick with categories (fantasy/non-fiction etc) and then see what's left.
Hi! I'm Sylvia, and I'm a writer who is getting back into the daily habit after health issues kept me from it.
I'm here to keep a writing log for accountability, and to share insights while writing and from (re-)reading my writing library.
I'd love new followers, especially those who use Mastodon for accountability like I do, and who would like a push once in a while.
indie author, maker of creative messes. Frequently geeks out over stuff.
A small, intentional community for poets, authors, and every kind of writer.