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A Head Cold…

I’ve been away from this blog for the last week as I’ve been suffering from a head cold and have been absolutely exhausted after doing the normal everyday tasks that I need to get done, you know the ones – going to work, cleaning away the dishes (fortunately my other half tends to do all the cooking), putting the kids to bed and reading stories, plus having quality time with them (and the other half) whilst they are awake.  So the writing has been on the back burner somewhat this week.

Fortunately, though, the rest of my books on writing arrived so I have done quite a bit of reading and I have to say, from what I have read to date, I can see that they a great buys.  I will do a better review of them soon as this is really just a catch up so that I know where I’ve been!

I have disappointed myself that I haven’t had any time to either do any exercise or write any more of my book, having said that to get up earlier – or stay up later – to enable me to do that would have led to me feeling worse for longer so having a weeks break can’t be too bad.

Inspirational Journal by DarkChild69

On the upside I have read most of “Your Writing Coach”, and in this it recommends to keep a journal or diary.  Now this is not really to mundanely plough through everything that occurred during the day, more to commit to paper how you felt when certain things occurred.  Really it is a method of recording emotions so that you can return to them in the future and call on them when you need a character in a story to have similar emotions.  To this end I have decided to set up another blog to record both daily events and how I felt about them.  I want to keep it separate to this one as I want this to be a record of my writing, both exercises and processes, whereas the new blog will be more personal, more eclectic, more random – and probably of no interest to anyone other than me whatsoever as it is likely to end up just being a “brain dump”.

The new blog is located here, but as yet this is brand new, with nothing there yet!


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One of my three books have arrived and I was reading it last night – What If.  It contains over 80 exercises for the “fiction” writer to help improve their writing.  The contains page gives a good indication of the exercies that are to follow and so jumping straight in, I completed Exercise 1, which was to write 5 different opening sentences, the idea behind it being that you weren’t committing yourself to writing a whole chapter or even a book based on these sentences, you just needed to write something that would entice the reader to continue reading, something that would grab the reader’s attention immediately and make them wander what was going to happen next.

These are the five sentences that I wrote:

  1. They just kept coming; all down the street they could see them, waving knives and axes in the air, screaming something akin to a tribal war song.
  2. She cowered behind the chair hoping, nay praying, that the sedative would start to work and that he wouldn’t be able to hurt her again.
  3. She screamed, waving her hands frantically in the air hoping that someone would see her before the current got too strong and she wouldn’t be able stay afloat any longer.
  4. The day held a secret, one she didn’t think she could hold onto any longer, it was getting too difficult now and more people were getting closer to the truth.
  5. She looked so beautiful in the dress that she had made herself, everyone looked at her and smiled but no one really knew what to say after what had happened.

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To pursue my challenge, I have know that I need to write some short exercises/stories to build a base upon. I envisage that this will help me to write in different forms, about different emotions and get a more rounded base on which I can build on.
To help me to this end I have just ordered some books which have receieved good reviews which will provide me with the exercises that I need and hopefully get past the first stumbling block of getting some words down on paper without worrying what to write about.

What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication - Everything You Need to Know About Writing Novels, Non-fiction, New Media, Scripts and Short Stories

The Five-minute Writer: Exercise and Inspiration in Creative Writing in Five Minutes a Day

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