Here comes a sheepish apology. I am signing on to admit that immediately after starting this blog to encourage myself to write regularly I got a megacold and have struggled to so much as sit in front of a computer screen when not being paid to do so.
However, now I am slowly limping back to full health, I have realised I have to make a big change in how I work. I present below my typical pattern of behaviour:
- Grow obsessed with something, put in lots of hours and work like a Trojan
- Something happens to break the flow
- Avoid the something for weeks
- Can’t get back into the something
- Abandon the something
There are several pastimes and projects which have fallen victim to this behaviour. Devil May Cry. Mass Effect 2. My love life.
With the book, I am currently teetering between points three and four. Therefore, drastic measures have had to be taken to get me back on the writing wagon. The Wragon, if you will.
One of the books I have read about writing says that in order to become a professional writer you must write in a professional way – in other words, treat it like a proper job. It will have to be a part-time job for me because I’m in part-time work, but I want to make it a job nonetheless.
So, in order to adopt this mentality, I have set the following ground rules.
- I am going to work six days per week.
- I am going to write a minimum of seven pages per week.
- I shall publish how many hours I am writing, because I feel that enough head shaking and tutting will make me less lazy.
- In accordance with the UK law, working six days per week entitles me to 28 days’ annual leave, so that’s what I’ll take. Yes. That’s right. I am actually assigning myself annual leave.
- Every month I will have a performance review. I am legally allowed to bring a trade union representative to said performance review, but since that would be leaving Organised at the bar and letting Insanity drive me home, I feel I should let this one slide.
So, it’s the start of something big. Wragon, away!
Hi. My name’s Laura, and welcome to my blog, “Write of Initiation.” The story behind this blog is that since I was a kid I’ve wanted to be a fiction writer. In the past I’ve let myself be distracted from that goal. Now, though, I want to take my first shot at writing a novel and thought a blog of my progress would be great to go alongside it. It seems a brilliant way of staying motivated, keeping track of my progress and forcing myself to reflect on my novel as I’m writing it.
Now I know some people may be wondering how I could write a blog about this. After all, I’m not going to go ahead and publish chunks of my story online because I want to protect my material as best I can until it appears in print. What I would like to do, though, is offer insight into what I am doing and my thought processes. What am I reading, or what have I read, and how does this influence how I’m writing? How fast am I writing? How can I improve my style? What are my strategies as I write and how are these changing over time?
Above all, my writing life up until this point has been strictly private. I’d like to finally open myself and my techniques up to the internet to compare notes with other writers, whether aspiring like me or accomplished. I’d like to know how we vary in our styles, how we are the same and what we can learn from each other. I’d also love to hear from readers too: what do you look for in a book? What keeps you interested and what irritates you beyond belief?
Overall, writing a book is a long road. I’d love to make it less lonely. Feel free to subscribe and I’ll make sure to update regularly.