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”