The Habit of Beginning

Here’s an article I wrote when I was going to have a blog on generic productivity tips, before realising it was hard enough for me to maintain a single blog on writing. I like it and the chances of anyone reading it on that short-lived website are pretty slim, so I made a few changes to make it relevant to writing and here it is!

The hardest part about doing anything creative is sitting down to start the work. The doubt in your mind will do anything to stop you from achieving this deceptively simple step. The good news: if you can overcome that doubt, it only gets easier from there.

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Planning and Mind-mapping for NaNoWriMo 2017

A woman is having a Skype call with her brother. In the background can be seen the living room and the door to the hall. Off-screen, the kids make a commotion, and the woman has to go and check on them. The brother is left looking at an empty living room. Then, in the background, a shadowy figure moves from the hall to the living room, then off-screen.

A mother hears her young son talking up the hallway. When he comes into the living room, the mother asks who he was talking to. “Just the man up the hall,” the boy says with a smile. She knows it’s just his imagination, but is still unnerved by the situation, and feels compelled to check.

An obnoxious, over the top celebrity superstar falls from fame when a prank he orchestrates causes the suicide of the target while millions watch. Disgraced and shunned, he has to rebuild his life. But maybe something from his past mistake is haunting him, and won’t stop until it has revenge …

And there you have it: my book for NaNoWriMo 2017, Haunted. Those three ideas bounced around in my head; years apart, but all inspired by real events or real people. When I decided I wanted to do a quick, stand-alone Continue reading “Planning and Mind-mapping for NaNoWriMo 2017”

NaNoWriMo 2017

Writing again, again.

This month, I’m using NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2017 to get back into the writing habit I seem to have lost. And the blogging habit. And social media, too.

There used to be a paragraph here talking about what I’ve been doing and why I haven’t been writing. But who cares? Let’s focus on NaNo for now. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2017”

50,000 Words Done: NaNoWriMo complete.

It’s the 22nd of November. A few weeks ago, I got stuck in to drafting the manuscript for NaNoWriMo and let everything else slide. On the plus side, I’ve finished drafting the 50,000 words. Here’s a quick rundown of what the month has been like, and what I’ve learned so far … Continue reading “50,000 Words Done: NaNoWriMo complete.”

Switching to Something New.

By Anthony Kentuck – 31st October, 2015

There’s one final thing that I’m committing to change on the eve of NaNoWriMo: I’m writing my novel in Ulysses. Scrivener, the program that I’ve been writing with since I knew it existed, is being shelved for this project. And if Ulysses works out well for the novel, it might end up taking Scrivener’s place permanently. If none of those words above mean anything to you, the rest of this article isn’t going to get any better. You might want to skip it. Continue reading “Switching to Something New.”