My Life

Slow Week

Hi, hey, hello!

The title pretty much sums it up. I am going to go as far as to say that the return of the red cups at Starbucks was about as exciting as my week got, sometimes a Toffee Nut Latte or Peppermint Mocha is exactly what you need to get you through the day. (This was  my first toffee nut latte ever, I am working to stop being a creature of habit and this is extending to my coffee order apparently.)

I guess the main reason for  my relatively uneventful week (because cringing at The Apprentice doesn’t count as an event really, even though it kind of felt like one), is because I have immersed myself in the crazy world of Nano. My week has largely consisted of fleshing out characters into things that actually resemble people with appearances and fashion senses, figuring out the way they talk and deal with situations, their mannerisms in any scenario that I may choose to create for them and where the hell everything is actually going to take place.

Then comes the actual putting words to a page thing, and that is the thing that always stumps me slightly. I live in a world where I can create the perfect scene in my head and know how everything is going to play out and then my hands hover over the keyboard of my laptop and every single eloquent sentence that I have ever created disappears and I am left floundering as I try to remember how to use the English Language. There is also, and this is something that I realised late on Friday night, the problem of remembering characters actions. I have a tendency to forget that part. All of a sudden I have both of their hands stuffed in jean pockets where sentences earlier they were holding a glass in one hand and I hadn’t made them put it down.

Also remembering that a novel isn’t visual, like a film for example, is something I am failing at miserably on occasion. I honestly forget that I am the one in charge of making their movements known on paper because although they always exist in my head  when I do a quick re-read to get back to grips with my own narrative I realise that these actions haven’t made it onto the page.

Dialogue I can do, it gets things done and moves the story forward. Describing stuff I can do, I have always loved that part the most in all honesty. Keeping track of movements and mannerisms and all the rest of it for some reason continues to go right over my head a lot of the time.

I am not actually anywhere near on target yet for Nano, by a good 7,000 words or so at this point (on this wonderful Sunday I should be at 15,000, I have just over 8,000, but it has been put on temporary hiatus for a very good reason and this evening I shall return to it with a renewed enthusiasm and more purpose), but I am getting there with it. My creativeness hasn’t left me yet and so I need to cling onto that for as long as possible. (I live in slight fear that it will wander off because it did that for nearly a year and that was no fun.)

So yeah , kind of a slow, but also a fairly productive week from me. See you next week!

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