I took myself off to a cafe to write today and decided I’d have pancakes with bacon and eggs. I like the yolk to have somewhere to go other than the plate and, after placing my eggs onto the pancakes for this reason, I looked down and thought my breakfast looks surprised.
You can decide for yourself if you agree…
I went on to write 1,000 words after my food. Sadly I also deleted 1,000 words so kind of came out even for the day!
Lightning sometimes shocks people because it just doesn’t know how to conduct itself.
Today, I spent a couple of hours sitting chatting with my writer friend Ellen. We had met to write, but it was just a day for talking about writing, publishing and various other related things so we went with it.
In a sense it was the perfect example of something I’ve been thinking about recently; what productivity means for a writer.
I’ve been on a holiday from work for nearly two months now and I have been massively productive in a range of areas that have nothing to do with writing. For a few days this bugged me. Then, I started to think about what I’d actually achieved on Blurty and the novellas and realised that it hadn’t been unproductive it had just not been as productive as other areas.
There’s that niggle that always tells me I should be doing volume but the reality is that sometimes explaining your project/s to someone is as useful as spending an hour editing. Just like getting necessary house maintenance done, or immersing yourself in other people’s wonderful fiction (i.e. living a life) is important to not burning out.
Quite some time ago, I blogged about how I had different notebooks for different purposes. I was thinking about this recently and realised that it only applied for a while. Those notebooks have been languishing in a corner ever since.
Partly the “novel notes” notebook fell out of use because I wasn’t working on the novels in it. And then I just didn’t add any of the new projects to it. That was probably because the newer novels were all more blurt in nature and had less world building etc to map out. Until the novella series where I did nut stuff out on paper but I did that in my day-to-day notebook!
Poor fancy notebooks.
The research one does get used still, but because I don’t research much for my novels I usually have to hunt for it. Found it sitting in the craft cupboard the other day and I’m really not sure how long it’s been there.
So, the obvious question is whether I’ve bought more fancy notebooks between that old post and now? Of course I have. Wouldn’t be a notebook addict otherwise! Still, I think I’ve only bought two and one of those has been allocated to “weaving notes”.
You know when you find something on the interwebs that blows your mind and maybe also puts a few hundred (or just one) story idea in your head? And then you find it’s been out there, waiting for you to discover it for years!
This is the latest one for me; critters that move with the wind and look oh-so real…
There’s also a TED talk by Theo Jansen (their creator) about the idea of ‘making new lifeforms’.