Keep on Blogging… And Editing

Must keep blogging weekly. Must not get into the habit of thinking one more week without posting doesn’t really matter. Even though this week’s been uneventful.

Over the latter part of last week, I was incorporating my editor’s edits into The Novel. It’s been a long time since I received her helpful feedback and I should have done this before now, but – in mitigation – I have been struggling with headaches, as you know, Dear Reader. I was getting along nicely with the editor’s edits during the latter part of January and February, but then I became involved in web development for the Association of Christian Writers website mega-time and work have started calling me in again.

It took quite an effort to re-open the novel file and the file on which I had set down what I needed to do. I was intending to do this all week. Then suddenly is was Thursday evening, I was cooking dinner and time was running out fast. So I took the laptop into the kitchen, set it up on the kitchen worktop and just looked at The Novel files for a few minutes, just to re-acquaint myself. The following afternoon, I was about to start work on it again and, although I was forestalled by a Major Computer Crisis, about which I ranted on Facebook, I was able to restart editing using the laptop again and I made quite a bit of progress. That quick orientation session on Thursday really helped.

Over the latter part of last week, I was incorporating my editor’s edits into The Novel. It’s been a long time since I received her helpful feedback and I should have done this before now, but – in mitigation – I have been struggling with headaches, as you know, Dear Reader. I was getting along nicely with the editor’s edits during the latter part of January and February, but then I became involved in web development for the Association of Christian Writers website mega-time and work started calling me in again. It took quite an effort to re-open the novel file and the file on which I had set down what I needed to do. I was intending to do this all week. Then suddenly is was Thursday evening, I was cooking dinner and time was running out fast. So I took the laptop into the kitchen, set it up on the kitchen worktop and just looked at The Novel files for a few minutes, just to re-acquaint myself. The following afternoon, I was about to start work on it again and, although I was forestalled by a Major Computer Crisis, about which I ranted on Facebook, I was able to restart editing using the laptop again and I made quite a bit of progress. That quick orientation session on Thursday really helped.

I’ve had to make time. I’ve been using spare half hours at work and other brief intervals which occur during the day, for example, before the online church service today, after the online service. A good writing friend advised me to do this two years ago and – hey, Janey – I’m doing it at last. One of my headache-avoiding rules is no computer after tea, but recently I have broken this rule. Here I am typing this after 9.30pm. The headaches are no worse and I am shifting stuff that needs to be done, not just The Novel but other matters as well. Once the Novel has hit the submitting road again, though, I will follow my rule again.

On Tuesday I posted on Facebook about my success with The Lorry Drivers’ Book Club on FictionJunkies and my article on reading during lockdown in Together. I’m a Brit and I grew up in the era when boasting was the biggest no-no, so I hesitated before doing this, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the congratulations and good wishes I’ve received. The next time I see someone else’s book or story posted on social media, I hope to be the first to say ‘well done’.

Over the last few Saturdays, I’ve been attending Association of Christian Writers events, variously, on self-publishing, historical fiction and children’s fiction. Self-publishing is something I’m toying with for a long time. I have had several historical short stories published and The Novel is historical fiction – or so I thought. How do you define historical fiction? The answer is that, although fifty years ago is the most frequent parameter, different organisations define it differently. The Novel, set during the Solidarity period in Poland in the 1980s, may be period fiction. I always learn something from ACW events, even when the subject is not something that is directly up my street. Even though I don’t write for children, one of the speakers at the writing for children event yesterday struck a chord with me when she spoke of the need to find ‘true north’ in plotlines. I won’t go into detail. Do I need to? I think the term speaks for itself.

So, onwards and upwards into next week. I need to have The Novel all in order and ready to enter a competition with a 31 March deadline.

Published by Rosemary Reader and Writer

Loves to write. Would love to write to live.

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