The run is done and a plan is made!

Good day to you all!

Following on from my post circa 07.05.15 (https://johnrsermon.com/2015/05/07/the-training-and-the-writing-combined/) I completed the Manchester 10k run in 49.09! I was just hoping to do it in less than 54 minutes, which would beat my time from the previous year. So I was overwhelmed, wait that’s a bit much, what else can I say? Well happy! That’ll do. With my time of 49.09. Although it does mean I’ll want to beat it next year. Can’t wait till next year now and the target I want to beat. Three cheers for targets! How I love/hate them so! For a few more details and a few pictures go to https://johnrsermon.com/2015/05/13/my-week-in-pictures-well-some-of-it-anyway/.

Okay. I have made a plan, which I have kept to so far, to do some writing or editing as soon as I get home while my work head is still on. This has worked wonders in the past and it’s seen my productivity increase and my overall mood rise. See, this way, when it gets to the evening and I’m relaxing and don’t really feel like writing, I’ll know and can smile about having written or edited when I got home.

The amount I write or edit has depended on what part of the story I’m editing or am about to write. I have completed the second edit for my story to enter into the http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/the-bfs-short-story-competition-2015/ short story competition. It is well on its way to being enterable (is that a word? I doubt it but the squiggly line hasn’t appeared underneath so I’m fine with it). I have also moved along my western yarn. Last time out our hero had just stood up to someone who the rest of the town would dare not stand up to. This has led the villain of the piece to confront him. Our hero has realised that this is the turning point in his stay in the latest town he has wandered into. Will he stay or will he go? Only time will tell.

I have mentioned before but I do pretty much have this story mapped out in my head but I’m now not sure if our hero will in fact be our hero. Could he live with himself he just left and doomed the town to further punishment on top of the punishment they are already having to deal with? I don’t know. I’m considering that he just might and this western of mine may jump to a different town. Initially I was unsure about writing a story without any real notes or preparation being made. Now however, I’m starting to think I might write all my stories this way.

Well, as always, thank you for reading and have a good week.

Bye

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Looking inside myself…for stuff and things.

Hello

Following on from the promise I to myself that I would do more writing, I have, in fact, not done that much. Let’s see why that was…

Thursday 1st August 2013:

Got up. Went to work. Got home. Packed a bag. Stayed over at my girlfriend’s house. Fell asleep.

Friday 2nd August 2013:

Got up. Went to work. Got home. Unpacked a bag. Met my friend for a few beers. Had more beers (very bad ones). Had one last beer. Went home. Had another beer. Fell asleep at 4am.

Saturday 3rd August 2013:

Got up. Was hungover. Had a shower. Was hungover. Played on my xbox for most of the day. Was hungover. Had a nap. Woke up with the shakes. Bought a takeaway pizza. Watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (which was very good by the way. I do need to get round to reading those books you know). Fell asleep.

Sunday 4th August 2013:

Got up. Finished the July Edition of Writing Magazine (finally). Did a smeg load of ironing. Played on my xbox. Wrote 674 words of The End Solution (see I do write). Went out to the shop for supplies. Watched The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (which was very good as well.) Fell asleep.

Monday 5th August 2013:

Got up. Went to work. Got home. Packed a bag. On the tram read a chapter of Casino Royale. Stayed over at my girlfriend’s house. Fell asleep.

Today:

Got up. Read another chapter of Casino Royale on the tram to work. Got home. Unpacked a bag. Went for a run (in which I ran 10k in 57mins. I can do 55 minutes. Am I out of shape already?) Had a shower. Played on my xbox. Sat down to write this post.

*I should stress that I did eat, drink and go toilet on all of these days at regular intervals.*

It looks like I play a lot of xbox doesn’t it? I have contemplated getting rid of it but I use it as a reward when I finish writing at any given time. It is also a very good stress reliever, helps to wake me up in morning (not every morning), and helps me to wind down after work.

Seeing my girlfriend is always awesome. I shall keep doing that for as long as I can.

I have been meaning to read more often. The two chapters of Casino Royale should hopefully get me back to my reading ways.  I currently have three books on the go. One which is located in my bathroom, The Curious Case of the Dog at Midnight by Mark Haddon, 1984 by George Orwell, which is in my bedroom, and Casino Royale By Ian Fleming which is in my work bag. I also carry the latest copy of writing magazine in my work bag.

Maybe I need a concrete routine to follow. I have mentioned about wanting to follow a routine but sometimes when I get home from work or at the weekend I just want to do nothing. I’m going to be purchasing an actually notice board to, again hopefully kick start my writing. I know can write more in a week. Hell, I wrote 50,000 words a month once. What is holding me back?

I read an interesting article by Martine McDonagh (www.martinemcdonagh.com) entitled ‘Write-away Days’ which got me thinking about trying to write outside of my flat. Maybe in the local library. Or potentially take a long weekend away and use that to write. I do have a lot of holidays left to take from work?

So, all these words have led me to the questions of the post. How do you ensure you write on a regular basis? And, do you prefer to write at home or away?

 

Cheers

 

I forgot how good these parts are.

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As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been trying to keep to a writing schedule. I’ve stuck to using Tuesdays as a reading and commenting day and Wednesdays as a definite writing day. I have been able to write on some of the other days whenever I can. In doing this I’ve realised that I can’t really keep to any set writing schedule and I’m thinking I should just write when I can and want. Though Tuesdays and Wednesdays plans will stick for now.

I asked the many groups I’m part of on Facebook and in response I got various comments that suggested a writing plan was both good and bad. I think I’ll see how it goes for now and whether I’d stick to a more disciplined approach (writing at certain times) or a random approach (writing when I want). I’ll keep you posted.

Now onto what this posts title is going on about. I’m currently writing the second to last (or possibly last) chapter of my story ‘The Searchers Want’ which I started for NaNoWriMo and I’m writing the third chapter of my newest story, my take on the vampire myth, ‘The End Solution.’

With Searchers Want I’ve written the story from the third person and focused on the hero. I’ve also jumped to focusing on the villain(s) and the other supporting hero cast as well. The story is concluding with an epic battle between ours heroes and the villains (of course). I have always enjoyed writing the ends of stories as I’ve usually already written them in my head. This means that I already have a template to work from so I’m editing my first draft (which is in my head) whilst writing my first draft (on paper). If that makes sense. In any case I had forgotten how this feels and it’s yet another reason why I love to write.

With The End Solution I’ve decided to write from the third person (surprise) but have the first three chapters introduce the three main characters and two supporting characters whilst starting the story right in the middle of the action. This has worked nicely as I’ve started the story with an event perpetrated by a man (chapter 1) and had the three supporting characters looking for him in a story which runs alongside the event (chapter 2). Chapter 3 introduces the villain and his efforts to try capture him. All this has allowed me to describe and introduce the characters and give the reader a taste of things to come. Hopefully I will make people want to read on.

This all leads me onto my question of the post, how would you introduce your main characters? Straight away or part way through or neither?

Bye Bye

 

A schedule to try and keep.

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As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve been hoping and trying to keep to a writing schedule. This has so far been fairly successful.

After updating this very blog last week I read a couple of stories on www.protagonize.com. Both of which were good and worked well to help me get back into it. One was young adult (well written and rude but also a little dull) and the other was a chapter of fantasy story I’ve been reading. Its called The War Golum. And it’s awesome. I’ve missed protagonize….

Anyway I would have liked to do more but time got away from me. Tonight I hope to read a few more stories. If time will allow of course.

My writing has also kept going at a steady pace. I’ve hit the main part of the climax to my story I started with NaNoWriMo ‘Searcher’s Want.’ Tomorrow when I pick it back up again I’ll be close to finishing the whole thing. This is something I’ve been waiting for since I started writing the thing back in November 2012. Don’t worry, I won’t rush into it. But I might do. A little bit.

The other story, my second go at my take on the vampire myth ‘The End Solution’, is taking shape even nicer. I want to try and build a world where the government has ultimate control and rules the country like a dictatorship. They kill those who oppose them and tell the rest what to think and do. They have huge government buildings in each major city that tower over it. The only thing that could stop them is the one thing they wanted to create…oooooooo and so on. I’m having fun putting it together and building on some of the characters I mentioned when I did my first draft. Which has been posted on this blog before (3rd February 2013)

Right, I’m going to have a look around and read some stories. But I leave you with a question. Do you find it hard to commit to a writing plan? Either whilst writing one story or many?

Cheers

 

 

 

The glory of the laptop.

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I would like to start off by saying that I ticked off something from my bucket list this weekend. I completed a 10k run in under an hour ( 54 minutes 50 seconds ). I’m hoping to do next year’s run and try and keep it up for the next few years at least. Wish me luck.

Ok. As you may or may not know I’ve recently embarked on a quest to write two stories at once without getting confused. I’m happy to say that this quest is going very well. Writing two stories side by side (ish) is keeping my mind fresh and I haven’t found myself struggling to write any of them at any time. By that I mean I’m not just writing to get my word count up I’m writing what I feel to be good stuff. Obviously this may be all completely binned come the editing stage but I’m quietly confident.

As for the title of this post, I recently acquired a laptop which is going a long way to helping me to try and get a writing schedule that I can realistically keep to. Since the New Year I have wanted to keep some kind of schedule for my writing. This would (or should) allow me to write on a regular basis and to read other authors stories on a more regular basis as well. I have always enjoyed reading other stories and having the people who frequent the websites I use (http://www.protagonize.com being the main one amongst them) give me feedback. It’s mostly useful feedback I have received so far as most of them are in the same position I am.

My laptop looks is looking like the perfect tool to help get this done.

Just the other day, I found myself waiting for my food to cook and wondering what I could do. I felt like writing but knew that I only had a certain amount of time in which to do so before my food was ready. Then I remembered my laptop. Just sat there on top of my printer waiting to be used. I managed to write a full page for one of my stories which, though it could turn out to be completely useless, has got me a lot closer to being able to make that decision.

So, officially following on from my last post I have prepared a rough schedule for my writing. This currently amounts to whenever I post on this very blog I will look to participate more in the online writing groups I’m part of and the websites I’m a member of. On any other week day I will try to write something towards my two current stories. This all leads me to a question…

What is your current writing plan?

Good pie

 

 

Preparation of all kinds.

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I’ve continued to write two stories at once and I still enjoy the hell out of it. I’ve not however been able to do this as much as I’d like.

I like to think that I have a good life balance and can spend enough time on each of the things I like to do. This past week though I’ve been a bit relaxed and need to get back into the swing of things. I’m prepared to do some serious writing over the next few days in order to make up for doing not that much over the previous few days.

I’ve got a clear plan in my head and I will hope to accomplish it over the next week and beyond. I’ll keep you posted of course.

My excuse for not writing more often you ask and/or wonder? (Possibly) I just fancied some time chilling out and doing next to nothing. This along with seeing my lovely girlfriend have meant that my writing time has become small and almost non-existent. I’m prepared to make up for that starting today.

I have also been preparing for the Bupa Manchester 10K run. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a while and I’m really looking forward to it. When I applied (because my girlfriend did and who is now NOT taking part due to her reoccurring knee injury) I was slightly scared as I’d not run 10k before signing up. That was back in October (or possibly before I can’t remember) but now my time for running 10k is 56 minutes. When I applied I said I could run it in under and hour so I’m more than confident. I know I can do better than this though and aim too either before the run or on the day. I’m prepared to push myself and I quite honestly can’t wait to do so.

Well I’m off to get some food and then start with the writing again. Laters