Tag Archive: Deadlines

Moving Right Along

snowball-effectSo the non-fiction thing I wrote about last time, seems to have snowballed, I have been doing a load of research and have mostly put my paper proposal together, I though I had referees then it turned out one was unable to do it through no fault of their own, (well maybe the underlying fault is theirs but it is nothing I blame them for or should). It turns out though they had an interesting replacement idea and I will pursue that this week to see how far it all goes. Deadline is getting closer and that is good and bad, I’ve done most of it but there are a few things I haven’t been able to narrow down as much as the application wants me to, and I suppose that is the one place where having more time would have been better, but with more time I may have talked myself out of it.
On the other hand, having this project to focus on has also had the side effect of me actually getting more of my novel written. Somehow working on one is making it possible to work on two. I spend so much time with my head in research that it is a joy to pull my head out, even for a few moments and get just a few sentences or half a page down.
This is not a bad thing me thinks.
Lets just hope I am up to the challenge I seem to have put before myself.

Nano Oh!

Well half way through the second week and I’m mostly on target, I say mostly because I  haven’t written today’s quota.

I’ve got to say though that so far I am enjoying the challenge and in fact having fun with it.

My story has multiple characters all with their own pasts, and I have a plot. Of course being not much of a planner there is a lot I don’t have. I know my characters will do bit of breaking and entering, and they will help rescue someone. I also know I need to throw some more action in there. I’m just not sure yet.

The guys at Nanosprints are really great, sure I don’t do the challenges but just the motivation to sit there for a certain period of time and race the clock is pretty good.

The other bit of writing news is that one of the bigger publishing houses are launching an imprint and are looking for YA titles, realistic ones. This may sound a little out of my area but the truth is I already half a 3/4 written one that is a story I have at various times felt compelled to write. All this means though is once nano is over I have a new deadline to aim for.

Of course with all this writing in my spare time it’s been a little difficult to do much reading. I’ve felt the need to go back and read a series I’ve already read, for two reasons actually. Firstly it’s the precursor to one of the books in my new book club and secondly I just want to sink into something familiar, not have to deal with new things.

Well I’d best start on todays quota.


Well hello November, this year I have decided to take on the challenge that is NaNoWriMo. Yes, yes I know there are plenty of people who think it is a crap idea but for me I think it is just what I need. I work well to deadlines and I need the push at the moment to get me focussed.

I do not however think that what I will produce will be in any way worthy of publishing that’s what the polishing and editing processes are for. This is just to get the story, the plot and the characters onto page formed into something more than an opening scene in my head.

See you in thirty – though I’m sure I will up date you along the way.



The last couple of weeks at work have been dead but so many other things have been happening. I get a thought in my head about something to blog about but can’t get it down because I’m at work or the kids want me to do stuff with them. Sometimes it’s very difficult to juggle the muse and children.

Then there are the deadlines.

The project I was co-writing finished last week. They did say we could take a little longer if we needed to tie up loose ends but we were mostly done. I just needed to do a quick edit and I really wanted it finished.

Working on this project was in interesting experience. Although the end product wasn’t what I thought it would be and my character didn’t turn out much like I’d originally planned, I’d have to say I’m pretty happy about the project itself. I took it on as a writing challenge. It was something very different for me, and it was working to a deadline. I wanted to push myself and even move a bit out of my comfort zone. I’d made my mind up early on that I would try not to impose my preconceived thoughts on the project and merely react to what my writing partner threw at me. I tried to approach it as I would a piece of improv drama. I think I was fairly successful at that. Though I’m not sure if that’s how it came across on the other side of the writing divide.

Strangely it feels as if I’ve taken a couple of months off writing. I haven’t obviously but the project was the only thing that got done. Also I did stress out a bit because of it but that’s to be expected. Now I feel refreshed and ready to get back into it. If only I didn’t have to work as well – my motivation to write is pretty high at the moment. In fact in the week just gone I’ve written a monologue for a competition and I’m very happy with it. Even more so with the fact I got it done a week before deadline.

Maybe deadlines are a good thing for me.