Finally!!!

I have finally managed to have my first full day dedicated to writing since June. I have managed to make some progress on a script that I had been working on whilst still at school which initially started life out as a sketch. Sadly I don’t think I will be able to complete my novel, which I have mentioned in previous blog posts before the end of this year, as I am currently working full time hours during the summer holidays which is the time I had previously dedicated to getting some of my currently unfinished projects, finished. I will also be in a full-time Apprenticeship as of September so there will be limited writing time. I will endeavour to have one of my current projects (most likely a play) finished by the end of this year. I am sorry if this is disappointing to anyone following my blog, but I feel it is pointless to try and rush my novel just to fulfil the end-of-year deadline which I set for myself.  Sadly writing won’t pay my bills at the moment and my temp job and my apprenticeship will.

See you tomorrow!

Catriona

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A nice relax

Today I have had a nice relaxing day with my boyfriend which has been pleasant and I am preparing myself for going back tomorrow after some time off sick. Nevertheless I have been thinking about my current writing projects and I am planning on doing a lot of character development work over the week. It is very important for readership purposes to have a memorable set of characters – not just the main character. Your characters should compliment and support each other. Of course you need to make them individual but you have to make sure they work together otherwise the novel won’t have the same fluidity and it will be harder for your readers to relate to your characters.

See you tomorrow!

Catriona

Inspiration

Inspiration can be hard to find, but in some cases you can just get lucky once in a while and stumble across a piece of inspiration that you weren’t even expecting. I found some much needed inspiration today while I was waiting for a bus. It sometimes just takes an open mind and looking at seemingly ordinary things in a new way. I am hoping that my source of inspiration from today will end up in a future writing project and I already have some ideas of how to use it. I am trying to find more time to write but it is proving difficult.

See you tomorrow

Catriona

I have a Kindle!

As I have recently started a temporary job, I have been finding it hard to find the time to blog and to write. I like my job and it is giving me some valuable experience and money (some of which I used to buy a Kindle Fire HD) Having wanted a Kindle since they came out, I am very happy that I can now read many more books 🙂 It was only a few hours ago that I realised I can also post to my blog from this- yay! (I know, I’m a bit slow, but I have been ill, so…) Hoping to make much more progress with writing my book and also with redecorating my room 🙂

See you tomorrow 🙂

Catriona

Something different…

I have decided to do something different today for my blog. I have found a website www.creativewritingink.co.uk that offers a weekly creative writing prompt as part of a competition so I decided to write something for it. Here is my piece of flash fiction called Travelling- based on the prompt posted on May 28th 2015. Hope you guys enjoy!

Travelling

I picked up the faded Polaroid picture of the very first street that I lived on and called home. I always carried it around with me, anywhere I went, it went with me. It was one of the disadvantages of being a traveller like me. You never really stayed in a place long enough to call it home. I liked this life though. As much as I had loved my old, quaint little hometown, I got all I could from it and yearned for more. For more freedom, more opportunities, more adventure.

Of course, I’ll go back one day. Just not today. Or tomorrow. Or anytime in the next month or so. The bad memories I created there will creep up on my happiness like a darkening fog. The bad definitely outweighed the good. Travelling was my escapism. Sure, living in a worn down second-hand VW campervan did have its pros and cons but it was more about the thrill for me than anything else. The thrill of not knowing. I wish I could say that it was a difficult decision to leave, but at the end of the day, it was a no-brainer. I had to leave it.

I sometimes think about who is living in that little street now. Most of the people I knew probably escaped from that little place in their own unique way, at a time that was right for them. Mine was the day after I turned eighteen. I’d left school and I was contemplating what to do with my life. It was then that the option of travelling occurred to me. I’d always wanted to see the world. Why not take a gap year and go travelling? Mum and Dad had been against it, of course but I convinced them that it was the best option for me in order for me to gain some independence. The only problem was- I didn’t stop after that year. I went back to my favourite places, revisited favourite haunts.

Mum grew more impatient for me to return. Dad was more complacent, happy to let me do my own thing. Mum wanted me to come back and as she said “make a proper career for myself.” I’d been doing odd jobs all throughout my last few years of school, so I had enough saved up for a gap year. But soon, I will run out of money. I will have to go back. I looked through pictures that I had taken on my travels using my second-hand camera. It did the job. At least I will have some great memories and stories to tell my parents and friends.  They may even be inspired to go travelling themselves. Maybe. I will go back. Not just yet though. A few more months travelling. A few more months of freedom.

Change of plan…

As I have just found a submission call for scripts and the submission window is from the 1st to the 31st of July, I will be spending the majority of this month (when I’m not revising for exams) working on a script that is partially completed instead of my novel. I will keep you guys updated on both and I have just entered one of my stories into a short story competition so fingers crossed. I am trying to write in as many forms as possible, simply because I love the challenge and each form has its own benefits and challenges. Thank you to everyone who reads this on a regular basis it means a lot to me. Keep reading and feel free to comment!

See you tomorrow!

Catriona

10000!!!

I have been writing most of today when I haven’t been helping my mum and I am happy to say I have reached 10000 words! This is a huge milestone for me and I am hoping within the next few weeks that I will have finished my first draft. I have started many novels over the years and stopped due to study requirements at 4000-5000 words so I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have reached 10000 with this one and I will be going even further. I may revisit some of the previously abandoned books in the future but right now I have this one that I am working on… but after I have completely finished this one I have a choice and I’d really appreciate some comments on this subject. I have a completely different book which is partially written but I also want to do a prequel/sequel or maybe even both to the book I am currently writing. Which should I do first? Thanks in advance for the advice.

See you tomorrow!

Catriona