Monthly Archives: July 2012

The ink hasn’t run out yet

The blog has now passed the first month, and wheels have come off of it yet. It’s also the first month of making a serious effort at the writing. I’ve managed to grab some time each day to scribble down some imaginings that spring to mind, as well as do some free-writing also.

I’m really growing to like the free-writing excercise. Mainly because it gets me into a mode where I’m able to capture the ideas on paper. The notebook is also filling up with some nice surprises that could be potentially good stories as a result of the free writing.

The books that I’m reading about writing are quite helpful with suggesting excercises and avenues of thought to explore in the writing. It’s good to have suggestions of topics that I probably wouldn’t try out if left to my own devices.

It’s been an excellent first month. Getting a bit more confident and motivated with the writing, and also realised how much I missed it. SO here’s to another fun month of writing.

Continuing adventures with pen and paper

It seems I’ve also made it to the end of the first month of writing/blogging. The month has been a mixed bag when it comes to the writing.

I haven’t managed to focus on any of the short stories I’ve started to the level I would have liked. On the plus side, it has help me to understand where I’m going wrong when setting out to write a story. I tend to try and get through the story on the first attempt. It would obviously make more sense to get the overview of the story written so I’d have something to refer to when I hit a problem.

I’ve also started doing some free-writing excercises, and I have to say that so far they’re a lot of fun. It’s nice to get into a mindset where the pen and brain are in sync with each other.

I picked up some books in an attempt to better understand how to go about writing good stories. Some of the pointers are obvious once you see them printed on a page in front of you. This will hopefully help me focus more on the stories and remind myself to have some patience when trying to develop a story.

It shall be interesting to see if the books and free-writing help me improve the story writing. Everyone cross their fingers that things go according to plan.

Let’s keep the momentum going.

It looks like the newly started blog is giving me energy to be somewhat regular with the posts. Here’s hoping it last for a few months at least.

The amount of articles/blog posts that have appeared giving advice regarding writing as a career, which only added fuel to the fire. I’m not talking about the rose-tinted writings about the life of a writer. These were ones that gave an honest and realistic view of it.

Among the advice, was that a writer must put in a lot of time and effort to develop the craft. You won’t sit down at a desk one evening and just fire out a perfect piece of writing. You’ll trip, stumble and even fall now and again, but you must persevere if you want to get better at it.

Read books outside of the categories that you usually buy, for myself an example would be to read crime novels. It makes sense, it would probably help avoid writing in a style that isn’t appropriate to the story you’re trying to tell. So it’s my good fortune that I’ve just received some books in a genre that I usually read.

That’s why I’ve a bit of a bounce in my blogging step. On a side note, I’ve set myself a challenge to write a short story this month. I have a seed of an idea for the story, so I’m excited to see how the writing goes in the next few weeks.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by and talk to you soon.