2013 was an incredibly challenging year for me. Leggedon was like a grenade being thrown into my life
So, after a year where just getting to the Doctor’s was a challenge, I wanted 2014 to be my year of adventure. It was a theme that stayed with me the entire year, and what an adventure it was.
New Fantasy-Faction Article – 5 Reasons You Didn’t Fail NaNoWriMo
At this time of year we hear so much about people completing NaNoWriMo. It’s all high-fives and bragging about your word count. But what if you failed to hit 50,000 words? In this article for Fantasy-Faction I talk about the reasons why NaNoWriMo has benefited you, even if you didn’t hit the 50k target. be sure to check it out!
Fantasy-Faction Article On Collecting Writing Data
The year seems to be in a hurry to end as I have calendar dates I think should be weeks off which I’m then told are later this week. The last couple of months have been a blur and as part of the chaos of writing and getting the house set up I missed notifying people about this article I did back in November for Fantasy-Faction. It talks about collecting data on your writing and how you can use it to help you plan your projects and write more efficiently. It’s certainly not going to suit everyone but it’s an interesting topic, so be sure to check it out.
There’s this misguided impression some people have that once you reach the status of semi-professionally published, writing a novel becomes a mundane affair. Some people think that once you conquer the mountain that is the novel, all subsequent novels will be a piece of piss.
This is absolute horseshit.
Gosh, has it really been that long since my last blog post?
November is always a busy month for me. First, there’s NaNoWriMo which I make a point of doing each year even if my participation is just limited to further work on whatever book I’m currently writing. Then every couple of years there seems to be a World of Warcraft expansion released around this time. And this year there’s the added complication of having moved the contents of a 60 foot storage container into my new house and having yet to unpack all the boxes. I’ve also upped my swordfighting training to twice a week. It’s no wonder I have little time to blog.
If there’s been one thing that’s been grinding my gears lately, it’s some of the anti-NaNoWriMo sentiment out there. Apparently there’s only one way to get stuff written (who knew?) and it isn’t NaNoWriMo (apparently). Those pieces that aren’t just clickbait will tell you that NaNoWriMo is a waste of time and if you were cool, you shouldn’t be doing it.
There’s only one absolute rule of writing and that’s in order to get published you have to complete work. That’s all. Get the words down and then worry about everything else from there. How you do that, how you go from having no words done to having all your words done is up to you. The internet is full of advice, and by all means check it and try it out, but don’t beat yourself up if it’s not for you.
Look at this way, to be a runner, you have to run. People don’t go around telling runners that the fact that they run down to the shops and back every night doesn’t make them a ‘proper’ runner. It’s not the speed or the distance that makes someone a runner. It’s not how they run. Oh of course, there’s always some guy; some guy ready to tell the world that unless they run exactly like he does then you can’t call yourself a runner. But you, I and the rest of the world knows that this is bullshit and the guy is just an arsehole.
No, what makes people a runner is that they run regularly. They go for runs. By the same principle if you write, you’re a writer, and whether you are a pantser or a plotter, whether you find NaNoWriMo works for you or not, doesn’t enter into it.
So if you’re worried that you want to NaNoWriMo but think that if you do, it’ll somehow ruin your career, you can slap that shit right out of you now. Likewise, you’re under no obligation to do it. Doesn’t make you any more or less a writer as long as you get the work done.
For my part this year, I’d hoped to start Thunder of Crows but I’m feeling that I’m behind on Thieving King (this book is HUGE and despite a lot of hard work I feel like I’ve made no progress). I need to really push on with it. So for my NaNoWriMo I’m just hoping to get more of it done. Is it cheating? Actually no, but I couldn’t care whether it was or not.
New Article At Fantasy-Faction On Scapple
So this month over at Fantasy-Faction I’m taking a look at the companion product to Scrivener – the mind-mapping programme called Scapple. If you’ve ever wondered what mind-mapping is and how it could possibly help you or have looked at Scapple and wondered what it does, be sure to check out the article.
My approach to my writing process is one of continual improvement. I like to discover different techniques and then try them out, fine tuning them and seeing if they match my approach to writing.
A lot’s changed over the last 18 months in terms of process and I’m largely very happy with it and what it’s delivering. I’ve possibly got a big process rework for how I approach editing on the horizon but I suspect that will slip into next year. So for now, any changes are things that aid and support, rather than radically change the current process.
Talking about Greasemonkey & Tampermonkey Scripts At GPSTracklog
This month at GPSTracklog, I take a look at Greasemonkey & Tampermonkey scripts you can use in your browser to make changes to the Geocaching.com webpage and introduce extra functionality. It should be of interest to all geocachers.
For the last few weeks I’ve been unable to write. After never-ending months of the house purchase looking like it might never go ahead, I suddenly found myself with the reality that not only was I buying a house but I was faced with all the realities and complications that arises from the move.
I had so much to do that I decided it would make sense to put the writing on hold whilst I dealt with life. I hated doing this, especially as I’d got some very key scenes I was desperate to write. But needs must.
Like a lot of writers I sometimes find writing a chore. I often wonder if I enjoy the act of having written more than actually writing. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised how much I missed it whilst moving. Over the last couple of weeks whilst apparent chaos has swirled around me, I’ve longed for quiet time to sit back down and write.
And with this week, that time finally came.
I still have a mountain of house-related tasks on my ToDo list, I’ve yet to really unpack many boxes, and as much as writing last night was like trying to use a underused muscle, I still really enjoyed being back.
I’ve worked hard over the years to be able to afford space where I could work uninterrupted. Now I have it, with a massive new computer desk as well. I have no excuse now not to churn out the words now, do I?