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My Writing Progress So Far

A while back I wrote a post about how I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. I figured I still have a bit of time as I have yet to grow up and fully master the art of being an actual proper grown up, when does that happen by the way? Do you suddenly just wake up one day and bam, you are an adult? But poor life choices aside I decided that I want to write a book. More specifically I said I want to be a writer. But I already am as a kind commenter pointed out. I do write, on the blog, short stories, flash fiction. Sometimes, most times actually, I just write and delete, write and delete until the right idea pops into my head. This actual post started off as a love story, a man and woman who love each other, then deleted. Next it was a story about a mid 30’s fiery haired woman who sat in a cafe every single day all decked out in the finest Emma Bridgewater kitsch and no wifi, *gasp* but neither of them gave me a story. Neither of the were truly really present for me.

I do love to write but it seems I can’t write on demand whether it be fiction or random blog posts, because let’s face it this blog is as random as isn’t it! A bit of this a bit of that, with hindsight that would of been a fab blog name for me, a bit of this and that! See there I go off again talking about random things! Back on topic, I have wanted to write a book for so long but not a just any book, my book. Not the next JK Rowling or Steven King even but the first me. But what would the first me write about? That was the real issue, what to actually write about? Who to write about? Questions, decisions and would I actually be able to write a full novel, a book, a story, a something that other would want to read? It is so different writing 300 pages to just over 300 words in a blog post size titbit isn’t it.

My first real serious attempt came in the form of There’s Something I Need To Tell You.Β I have written small short pieces of fiction before but with this one it was different. The characters spoke to me and I listened resulting in 5 instalments all of them emotional but that was that and as quick as they came, they told their story and they were gone again poof!

I decided to start reading more, taking in as much as could about the way other authors wrote and to get some ideas. I also read some amazing blogs all with amazing and talented writers, 3 of my favourites being Verily Victoria Vocalises, writing bubbleΒ and Agent Spitback. I have to admit I used to get a wee bit jealous, I can’t rhyme and write poems like one or put a new and funny spin on stories and situations like another or write as beautifully descriptive like the other. I still get ridiculously excited and may even squeal a bit when I get a tweet to say I have been included in another BritMums poetry and prose round up (for the latest one click here). Β But then I found my ‘thing’ my angle and how I write best. And now I am ok with that, I am finding my feet and and then one day something popped into my head.

That something was Serenity. It didn’t start the way it ended. Then it didn’t end. I found myself writing more and more and 2000 words appeared. Then at work I wrote more in my training pad (technically I am training just not the work kind) 8 pages more, then I wrote the back story and the prologue. I built characters and worlds. Suddenly what started off as an idea became more. It is now building and evolving into a story. I know who they are, I have the main characters and part of their world too. At the moment I am just writing, seeing where it takes me and worrying about other stuff later on. The tweaks, the details, the intricacies of building a whole new reality. It will come, with time and patience and practise. But what I didn’t realise was exactly what I can imagine when given the opportunity to just write and write like there’s nothing else to do. I am so tempted to post it on the blog as I write it but for now I am holding out to see how far I can go with it.

my writing progress so far

So that’s it, my writing progress so far. Have you read any of my stories? I would love some feedback, ideas, tips and even constructive criticism. You can find everything I have ever written and published on this blog under the fiction tab in the menu at the top of the page.

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  1. Sophie Lovett

    March 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Exciting times! I’ve just been having a read of some of your fiction pieces and it is most definitely worth pursuing – your writing is really compelling. I agree with Maddy that ‘Serenity’ has an air of YA fantasy about it – I look forward to following your progress with #whatimwriting πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Chrissie

    March 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    You have accurately summed up how I feel about adulthood (I’m not there yet either. I agree that one day we’ll wake up and it’ll be there. That day is not today and I strongly suspect it won’t arrive for a while.)
    The new challenages sound very exciting. Writing a book is always a journey and I love those moments when you’re still planning, before you’ve penned anything.
    The key is to keep at it until you have a first draft. I don’t know what happens after that I keep writing first drafts of different stories, so I’m not a good person to give advice, but it’s something about wriing the story again and again and again and then publishing…
    Good luck! x

  3. Cara

    March 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I love starting a new thing (which is maybe why I start so many!), and then realise there’s stuff before and stuff after and stuff over here, and then I’ve got this whole big splatty mess of story and characters and you’ve got to think of which darlings you might kill (but you keep the bodies), and work out some sort of story and where to start and finish and of course things will happen before and after and around but there’s only one story you’re telling (just now) and isn’t it marvellous that you know all the secrets that happen off the page!

    Who cares if no story actually comes out of a splatty mess of happenings and characters, they’re all there, waiting because something might happen one day and you could populate the universe with them.

    I also love putting characters from one story into other stories, perhaps as a person someone sits next to on a bus. They don’t need to say anything, or get named or anything, but I know it’s them. I know they’re there.

  4. Alice @ The Filling Glass

    March 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Well Done! What progress to have made without having to force it! It must be a good story. Hold on to it though, don’t be too keen to share it. I know the feeling of wanting feedback, but in seeking that you can let some of the magic escape. Keep going.

  5. Laura H

    March 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I would also love to write a book one day so am trying to read as much as possible to see how other authors do it. Thanks for mentioning what other blogs you look at, I’ll check them out πŸ™‚ Best of luck with the rest of your writing!
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  6. Natasha Mairs

    March 16, 2016 at 11:07 am

    My dream is to write my own book and have it published, But often when I write blog post they seem very juvenile and I don’t explain myself the way it sounds in my head, So I am still learning and looking for tips all the time
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  7. Jo Winwood

    March 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Sometimes you just need to exercise those writing muscles without it necessarily going anywhere. I write lots of flash fiction and I rarely see them as anything other than little throw away pieces. Occasionally they morph into more but just writing is often enough. Good luck with your Serenity story – I look forward to reading it when it’s fully cooked!

  8. Fashion and Style Police

    March 16, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Lovely post. I like your writing voice. Good luck with it all.
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  9. Rhian Westbury

    March 15, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Good luck with your writing, I’ve always wanted to be a writer, like a full blown book but I don’t think I have the attention span x

  10. Emma White

    March 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I love to write and very lucky that I can write on demand although I don’t have much structure I just write away
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  11. Maddy@writingbubble

    March 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is exciting – I’m glad you’re building on your Serenity story – I knew there was more to it! I can really imagine it as a fantasy novel, perhaps YA? I’m glad you’re in the zone, it’s such a great feeling! And thank you so much for your lovely comments about my writing, I really appreciate it. Thanks for linking to #whatImWriting, I’ve enjoyed finding out more about you and your writing process and ambitions. Just keep on going. xx
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  12. Marija Smits

    March 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    It’s lovely to write that first draft, isn’t it? As Becky said, though, don’t be tempted to put it out there too soon. Wait and see, do some editing and then get some honest feedback. Wishing you all the best with your writing. πŸ™‚

  13. Kamsin

    March 15, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I set out to become a writer 17 years ago but I’m still not there yet. I guess I’m still not a grown up just yet.:-p

    Good luck with your projects.


  14. Rebecca Ann Smith

    March 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Sounds like you’re in the zone – enjoy! My only advice would be to not share your new project too early – I’ve done this in the past and regretted it – you can end up putting too much pressure on yourself, or sapping the energy out of the idea before you get to the end of the first draft. I’ll look forward to reading some of your stories in the meantime πŸ™‚

  15. Margaret Gallagher

    March 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Keep the good work up
    I like to write but I definitely have to be in the mood and time

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