Day 182: How to check in when you realise you’re unsure you really know what you mean

What I was doing was… Generating questions to explore the meaning behind the stuff I want to draw on from my novel. In 15 minutes I brainstormed about 25 questions to help point my attention at the memories, feelings and experiences that seem part of this project. Over the past few days I’ve realised I am not ready to plot this thing out, that doing so would be a thinking

Day 181: How to find some fizz for your story… when your realise you’re not ready to plot it yet

What I was doing was… Free writing around the inspirations and interests for this novel. Spent 15 minutes writing to connect to the feelings and experiences I’ve had that I want to draw on for this story, and the images and ideas about my zero draft that most excite me. Am feeling lost with the story and plotting away at it feels like something I’m not actually ready for -the

Day 180: How to find yourself lost (with your story) and realise you’re holding a crowbar

What I was doing was… Revisiting the seven point plot plan for the novel today. A too-short 15 minutes of noodling around trying to refine something more interesting and closer towards what I want this story about. Upon reading back last night’s effort was a ghost of the zero draft and isn’t reflective of the draft I want to write. As I trundle along on a train, I have the

Day 179: How to remember that showing up beats being amazing

What I was doing was… Working to flesh out the novel’s plot. Spent 15 minutes this evening writing a seven-point plot plan, even though the thought crossed my mind ‘what if I just… didn’t?’ I was feeling kinda brain-drained and was thinking that whatever I did would be shit and therefore pointless, when I remembered that it doesn’t matter about being shit, it matters about showing up -something I think

Day 179: How to remember that showing up beats being amazing

What I was doing was… Working to flesh out the novel’s plot. Spent 15 minutes this evening writing a seven-point plot plan, even though the thought crossed my mind ‘what if I just… didn’t?’ I was feeling kinda brain-drained and was thinking that whatever I did would be shit and therefore pointless, when I remembered that it doesn’t matter about being shit, it matters about showing up -something I think