Day 364: How to decide to sack off writing that isn’t working and go for an evening swim instead

What I was doing was… Beginning the next chapter of this draft of the novel, figuring I’d find an hour before the day got too hot to get into it. Just did my bare minimum of 15 minutes, outlining the chapter. Found it difficult to turn the plot outline summary into something especially inspiring so decided to knock it on the head and go for an evening swim instead. Felt

Day 362: How you still can

What I was doing was… Writing writing writing while melting melting melting and aiming to finish a chapter. Wrote 2000 or so more words on the novel draft. Took a little help from the Writers Emergency Pack which spun off an idea about how to externalise what plot wise seemed a very internal scene -quite similar to an issue I had with an earlier chapter (maybe this will make me

Day 357: How to randomly find new life to mine in your chapter

What I was doing was… Morning pages today with the old novel writing. 398 more words, in a fizzy 15 minutes going off in a new direction midway into this chapter. Felt like I’d reached a premature conclusion with yesterday’s writing, so decided to give myself a prompt by throwing a beanbag to randomly choose a writing prompt card, which inspired setting up an unplanned for interaction between my main

Day 356: How to not get tense

What I was doing was… Writing a little on chapter 20 of the novel. Got another 589 words down, in twenty minutes hidden away in my bedroom cave -quite a few things to second guess in what was coming out. Realised I’d somewhere changed tense, had reached the climax of the chapter really quickly and possibly in a cliched way -telling myself that these are not unsolvable issues and the