Through Gritted Teeth

Through gritted teeth, I’m saying out loud, “the funk is finished.”
I have been flying through task lists and dealing with all sorts of domestic drama, promising myself that I will find the time to get editing again.

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Writer’s Block

The Situation

Whether writer’s block is a thing or not, is beyond my pay grade. I do know that I haven’t done any writing for a week or more.

Why not?

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Novel Launch

“How does a novel launch work?”
“Usually, there’s an introduction, then the author reads a passage, perhaps a Q&A and then we buy a copy, get it signed, quick glass of wine and off for supper.”
“It will be in English, won’t it?”
“Of course it will, darling. The novel is in English, the invitation is in English.”

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Book? What book?

Book

It’s been quiet on the book front this week. By quiet, I mean that I have been writing for the blog, for Nero’s Notes and for the jobby-job. Not one word has been written on Sean.

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Adjectively speaking

Adjectives and adverbs are often cited as the enemy of writing. I participated in a “Twitter-Chat”, called #writingchat on this very subject.

Mark Twain is quoted, “when you catch and adjective, kill it.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week begins today, May 13th. Twenty years ago, I’m fairly certain that I had no awareness at all of mental health issues. I’m guessing that I had a loose perception of depression, which I would have confronted with pearls of wisdom such as “chin up” or “pull your socks up.”

Then, a friend was sectioned.

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Rewrites

Act 1 is rewritten. Almost.

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Just one hour

That’s all it takes.

One hour to write a novel.

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Deadline Incoming

“Should I share this timetable? Why not? After all recruiting members was, at least in part, about commitment and accountability. So – potentially to my eternal regret…

  • Act I – Draft 2 – End April
  • Act 2 – Draft 2 – End May
  • Act 3 – Draft 2 – End June
  • Out to Beta Readers
  • Draft 3 – End August
  • Pro Edit & Proof – End Oct
  • Final Draft  – End Nov
  • Publish”

On the plus side, I was right. I do regret it.

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Done not perfect

I’m on a roll with golf. So, I’m going to draw another parallel.

The first time I played a whole round of golf, I was not very good. I had fun, hit a decent shot or two, but the round was a long way from a masterpiece. Why would it be for heaven’s sake? It was my first attempt. However, I had proved that I could complete a round, and even keep score. I had shown signs of potential.

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