Saturday, 26 November 2011

Chapter 7...

Why is it the end of the chapter is so hard to write? Its not even like I dont know how to end it, its just actually getting round to doing it that seems such a struggle. The bulk of the chapter wrote itself but now im here in the last 1000 words and I cant bring myself to do it. The document just sits open on my desktop while I watch Grey's Anatomy, or blog, or Facebook, or Twitter. Thats another thing! As a writer Ive been encouraged to setup and manage all of this 'social media' but staying ontop of it seriously detracts time from any actual writing I do.

That being said, I have indulged in a number of other distractions over the weekend. Bought my first motorbike on Friday and unfortunately it is garage bound ASAP. No I didnt crash it, or drop it, or treat it just broke. I also went out last night and pretended to be eighteen, which was fun. Met a girl called Nicola who I genuinely liked and enjoyed speaking with and we got on really well, but as per there is a catch, she is spoken for. Ive travelled this road before as a younger man and it starts bumpy, rides bumpy and usually ends in a catastrophic crash of fists and feelings so opted to back off, which was the mature decision. Being an adult is not as fun as it is cracked up to be. Always worrying about consequencies, deadlines, responsibilities. What I wouldnt give to see the world through the eyes of a child again.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Write, write, write...right?

A week of work lies before me and I am full of best intentions to fill it with writing.

That being said, Monday was a no go as I had my CBT (Which I passed) and Tuesday and Wednesday were spent arranging insurance and money to buy a bike but from tomorrow onwards I will be hard at it.

...yes I know, poor excuse but dont judge me! Finding the motivation to sit and type something I have already hand written is harder than I would have thought. When I wrote my first book I was in the Merchant Navy so the only thing I had time to do was sit and write Now I find myself surrounded by distractions, music, facebook, movies, motorbikes, nights out, nights just seems harder to write I right?

The chapter I am working on is actually pretty exciting and will kind of bridge a gap between the characters when they were children and how they are now as adults so I really want to get it right. I want to show how their individual personalities have grown with them, but that they havent lost any of the things that attracted the reader to them as children.

I think also that part 2 will have more chapters in it than I anticipated, when it actually comes to typing it up I find I am expanding (in a good way I think) on ideas that I have written down. As a result I am hitting my word cap for chapters earlier and having to put the rest of the chapter in with the next. So far this has not posed me too many problems as I still cover the main points for  that chapter, each still serves its purpose, I do foresee me having to juggle a couple of sections around though so the flow reads a bit better thats towards the end of part 2.

I am about 1100 words short of finishing chapter 7, its already been hand written and it is very clever (even If I do say so myself) but cant get motivated tonight (and it is nearly 1am) so will leave it for tomorrow and hopefully get most of chapter eight either on paper or on my harddrive. If I put the time in I could have Part 2 done by Sunday night...yes. Sunday night, that is the goal.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Good morning red pen!

Last nights post was in short, horrible. I couldnt help but feel bored when I re-read it.

The writer's group was worth going to, and I suspect it will prove to be a valuable asset in weeks and months to come. One thing that it has done is re-ignited that creative spark that seemed to be somewhat dwindling as I woke up this morning with fresh plot ideas and lots of clever twists and turns that I may or may not incorporate into my novel.

So while the creative juices are flowing I have picked up my red pen (which until now I have looked at with mixed feelings of disdain and disgust) and set to the task of proof reading chapter 1, which I will send along to Alex later today in preperation for the next writer's group.

Popped into Waterstones last night before the meet and couldnt help myself, had to pick up George R.R Martins complete set of books. 1/3rd off. Bargain. I'm sure my bank manager will agree. Hopefully. Probably not...really do need to steer clear of book stores. For some people its drink, others its drugs, for me its paperback novels in the sci-fi section. Also picked up a copy of The Writers and Artists Handbook 2012 which is packed full of useful stuff.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The story begins...

Or should I say has begun?

My name is SBPhoenix and I have been writing creatively since waking up one morning several years ago and deciding I wanted to be 'windswept and interesting'. After lunch it became apparent I was no good at that so chose to be a writer instead.

My first novel 'Last of The Azureans' was self published on Amazon's kindle and my second novel is well underway. I am hoping to get this one published via the more conventional route of agency/publisher.

This blog will serve as an outlet for my thoughts/ideas and most probably the day to day meanderings of my somewhat normal life.

Just returned from my first experience with a 'writers group' and have mixed feelings about it. The plus point is alot of the critique was very releveant and lots of information was available. Negative is that alot of the writing seems to be very indepth with many underlying meanings being present in individual authors works. My work is not like that, not for the most part anyways.

I guess the true value of joining a writers group will become apparent after I submit some pieces of my own, which I will do for the next meeting.

As it stands I am tired and hungry so will not write anymore tonight and will strive to give a more detailed update tomorrow.