Progress, hispanic, mexican and names from the 1800’s

The laptop charger has now given up completely. I am currently word count wise a day ahead which is ok as I won’t it seems be writing on the train in the morming. This being written on my phone.

A 2nd replacement charger has been ordered. This is since July, what is it with the Microsoft Surface?

The book is coming along,I’m quite happy with my character names after googling top 100 boys and girls names with other elements such as Mexican, Hispanic, American, top names from 1800 it’s quite interesting, the are quite a few characters already and several twists and turns and the story is just on the first day. It’s nice having no time boundaries that I gave myself with the last story.

That I have shelved for a short period while I do nanowrimo, after recently reading a tip while editing . Once finished leave for a period before printing off and reading through cover to cover. You can make edit notes but don’t correct on the digital version. Ask your self questions. Does it flow ? Does it make sense? Are there bits that would help the story along.

Writing Breaks and roaring fires

This is my second writing break this year. The first was early on in the year near Keswick. It is something I will continue to try and do.  It’s great to have the break from the normal day to day routine. This break was through Airbnb and an amazing find.  The family came with me for a period and the distance to a reasonable train station was a challenge being on the West side of the Lakes.  They had a room with a Wii and a projector, which makes me reevaluate my own ‘Man room’ I have for the football and a quiet space.  The place is nearly five miles to the nearest village of note.

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There is zero mobile signal, with the exception I found the top of ‘The pike’ behind the cottage which is a short climb away offering amazing views and more bizarrely 4G.

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The view from just outside the cottage first thing in the morning. What you can’t see is I have a freshly brewed filter coffee in hand, the rest is keeping warm on the roaring fire I just made before coming out.

Sunrise No two morning are alike this was the second day.

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The walk up the Pike to find the only place I have found 4G while being in the lakes, that’s the coast in the background.

[35] Writing and getting excited

I’ve been taking a break from the blog, to concentrate on editing my novel. I decided I need some explicit rules around grammar. I was confused by the placement of quotes and full stops and next sentences. Word, as in Microsoft word didn’t help. I managed to get into some situations no matter what I did around quotes it always had the red squiggle. Also another thing, it was insistent, telling me that the word unfortunately, placed in the middle of a sentence should have an uppercase U. I started to search for some books on the subject. That’s when I came across a wonderful resource Grammar for Fiction Writers (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 5) by Chris Saylor & Marcy Kennedy. This is one of a series of guides. The guides are well constructed and really useful. Since I started reading them, I have made many edits to the book. Gone are words such as actually, very, a bit, replaced with better constructed descriptive sentences.

It was surprising when searching through the book, just how many occurrences of certain words that I use.

I have learned a lot just from this short book, the biggest takeaway, how quotes start on a new line if someone new is speaking. This might not be news for many people, but it made so much sense and increased legibility. It’s been enjoyable editing the book. I like writing don’t get me wrong. My daughter read a section that I was editing, she was highly complementary and asked “how do you come up with the ideas? Stating she would never be able to.”
I think everyone has a story to tell, I do think I can at times be creative. I’m starting to feel the book is coming along, satisfyingly. I’m excited. I have other books that I’m at various stages, which I now know I can improve. There are still edits and sections to be written.

I also need to work on the logistics, the synopsis is in one the blog posts for anyone interested. A quick overview is, the main character needs to lose his Facebook friends in 30 days. It’s more in-depth than that, there are twists and turns. He starts with over 5000, so tracking these specifics will take some time. I nearly wrote ‘a bit’ then but stopped myself. I need a timeline, with key points to make sure it flows and it’s correct.

I found a section of the book that I’d missed out. A minor character that I realised I hadn’t finished, possibly as I didn’t at the time know how this would happen. I do now. Again I am excited to write. I want to make this my thing, writing. Oh don’t get me wrong it’s not always easy, as I am not the most gifted when it comes to the English language, it takes effort but boy it is going to be worth it.

[25] A New Dawn

A momentous day, I have managed to blog for 25 days in a row.  So to recap

Writing blog – 25 days

Meditate – 25 days

Brain Training – 7 Days ( I don’t recall missing one but it is saying I have done only 7 in a row)

The writing, editing of the book hasn’t been as consistent as I would like. A better approach is needed, with all the others items they are specific, the writing and corrections aren’t. I started with an hour a day and realised we tend to live busy lives, but that’s just an excuse.  I wrote in the morning on the train, I wrote at lunchtime but it certainly wasn’t a habit, it tailed off.  That, I need to redress. I am sitting here thinking the best approach. Writing for an hour, an exact hour is difficult. I get on the train, I might have been listening to a podcast or audiobook while walking. I might have started browsing the internet, looking at Twitter or my emails and then start writing. The journey is around forty-five minutes how much of this do I write for?  Even the days I write at lunch, I walk to the Library and back and write in between. The idea hits me while I type this, something I tell my daughter to use and I ignore myself, time boxing. The Pomodoro technique, small chunks of time where I do nothing but write. I can make this into a habit. I will endeavour to write in 15-minute segments.

(Words 250)

I wanted to continue. I had to cut so many words to fit it all into 250. I am excited about tomorrow. To throw away the shackles of oppression with limited words. To be able to compete with myself,  to see how many fifteen minute segments I can accomplish.

(Words 300) 🙂

[21] Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday, in the infamous words of one Alan Partridge. I had to work this morning, from home, such a hardship and finished after a couple of hours. It meant I haven’t meditated yet. I could have when I finished but I haven’t. I’m about to go to Liverpool airport to drop off my wife who’s off to Rome this evening for a few days with a friend. I’ll should make it back in time to watch the Liverpool game. I also haven’t done any stretching either yet. On a positive note, I’ve been weighing myself weekly on a Sunday. This morning I’ve lost weight for the 3rd consecutive week and find myself 0.6kg from one of my targets on the list of 99. I’ve added this in Google keep and changed to a task list which gives me chance to tick things off and watch them jump to the bottom of the list. Tomorrow, I think it’s time for another short story. In one of the wiring magazines, there’s a story grid with different keywords to craft a story around. I’ve just found it, it’s in writers forum. Basically, you throw a dice for characters, traits, theme and location and finally an object.  A lot going on there and unsure if 250 words will be enough. As I’ve got no dice I asked the family to be a virtual dice. This is what they came up with. Umm.

Orphaned child

Fierce

Pursuit

Polluted river

Wedding video

Not exactly JK Rowlings.