If I’ve learnt one thing writing my first book it’s that I’m chaotic when it comes to writing. In fact I’m chaotic when it comes to most things but my writing seems to suffer the most.
My plan going forward is to enforce some structure, driving up efficiency of my writing. What tips do any if you writers out there have for managing your writing time effectively when also working full time?
Recently I stumbled upon a problem when writing my first draft, I found myself struggling to write electronically. Now I work with tech all day long and I’m pretty fast when it comes to typing but ask me to creative write electronically and a big slab of writers block slaps me in the face.
So I’m writing by hand and it hurts. It’s been years since I’ve written anything substantial by hand. At this point I begin thinking what will happen to the pen in the next generation?
Back in school and college we had to write everything by hand so at least I have experience to fall back on but this modern day generation does everything electronically. So what does that mean for them? There will always be moments when you are forced to write by hand and I already witness far too many people stare blankly at their pen and struggle to jot anything down. That’s the generation who grew up with pen in hand.
So I had a meeting with my manager yesterday and it turns out I have a lot of holiday to take which means as of the end of the week I’ll have two weeks off. That means two weeks of solid writing.
The great news is that I’ve made massive progress already and will have the first draft complete by the end of March. I’m extensive excited to see it all coming together.
I’ve just forked out on a good fountain pen as I find it next to impossible to write electronically. I use a pc at work and I’m constantly using a laptop and tablet at home but when it comes to creative writing my mind goes blank when typing. The problem is I haven’t written by hand since sixth form so my hand cramps when writing for long periods. Hence why I’ve treated myself.
As I soldier on and make progress with the writing I’m loving the art work from Rosie. It’s absolutely fantastic. Seeing my characters come to life in art form is really motivating and helping me feel who these characters are.
Rosie has been a massive help. She is always asking what a character is wearing in certain scenes and for additional descriptions. This gets me thinking and helps the characters with depth. She also threatens me if I don’t stick to my schedule!
So its all progress progress progress here! Stay tuned. It’s going to happen!