Jul 19, 2016

The Craft.

Today's been a different kind of Tuesday for me.  My official 'child free' day of the week is usually a fully scheduled of errands, 'me time' treats or catch ups with friends.


But today, I took a nearly fully recovered Preschooler SSG to the library along with my laptop and wrote.



Not just for the blog (thanks, Tine writing offline really is both more focused and productive than trying to write with the distractions of windows and social media apps open simultaneously) but also for a writing project I volunteered to be a part of.

I normally write blog posts around photos I've taken over the space of a day or two or else things in the news that have taken my interest.  The writing is quickly done, minimally edited (sorry for the typos...) and posted immediately for comment or silent reading at your leisure.

But being part of this project has been a different experience entirely.  I was given a theme to write about and submitted a brief outlining what I was going to write about.  The final piece is very loosely based on that submission but fingers crossed the editors read with an open mind and that my piece will be a good fit for the rest of the project.



Can I start waxing lyrical about The Craft now?  It's been a lot of fun.  Putting together a rough outline.  Writing a few test paragraphs to get into the mind of my lead character.  Going back to edit.  having a bit of a think in the shower about what I've written.  Then going back and reworking what I've written.

Today was a breakthrough day because I've completed my first draft.  I've even managed to do it with a couple of weeks before deadline up my sleeve!  I'm looking forward to revisiting the short story over the next little while to edit and polish.  All the while trying to remain firmly under my set word limit.

Do you have a labour of love that you're nurturing right now?  If it's writing, what do you love most or hate about the editing process?


12 comments:

  1. Writing for me too. I find it very relaxing and absorbing. I did creative writing at Uni of Sussex for a year. I also did a online collaborative story a few times. I have to admit doing formal lessons applied a discipline of edit re-edit. I got to understand when and how I write best. Now writing at work which would be like a paper on Brexit knocked up a few Fridays back, you can guess which Friday, was not so much fun. Especially with graphs and tables thrown in.

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    1. Thanks for your insight into formal lessons and how they benefitted the editing process, Anna.

      Best of luck with the work writing. Been listening to podcasts on BBC World Radio. So much to resolve and so much uncertainty for the next few years.

      SSG xxx

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  2. How did Preschooler SSG fare in the library? My labour of love is probably my blog (standard) or my nascent herb & veg garden. At least for one of these I can eat the fruits of my labours!

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    1. He loves the library, Rachel!

      Thanks for reminding me about my neglected herb pots. Not an actual garden, even. Just pots I forget about periodically.

      SSG xxx

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  3. Good on you! I am a journalist by trade and I adore writing. And editing. And researching. There's nothing else I want to do for a job - unless Kylie Minogue is looking for a BFF :) Good luck with your exciting new project.

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  4. Oh I thought this would be a discourse on the excellent 90s movie about witchcraft but I still liked it.

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    1. Beth, I can even remember the fashion from the film!!! Good idea for a future post..

      SSG xxx

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  5. You are a talented writer and I look forward to reading the proceeds of your project

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  6. Well done for accomplishing that with toddler in tow! I enjoy reading your blog, you have a subtle yet very distinctive tone that just flows and is very pleasant to read. I can tell you'd be an excellent short story writer.

    I write but i find short story to be the hardest. I'm currently working on a novel (really i've been researching, notetaking and writing bits and pieces for it for close to a decade now and finally it's time to write the first draft in one solid go and i'm happy with how it's panning out but i can tell come editing time it's going to take a loooot of work to polish it!)

    I did a Cert IV in Professional Writing & Editing a million years ago and have been tempted to go back to uni to study creative writing (if only for the kick up the arse and the deadlines! Well, also being part of a community.)

    Do we get to see your finished project or is it top secret-ish?

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    1. Thank you, JLT.

      There must be so much that goes into writing a novel. Best of luck with the process.

      Hopefully what I've written will get published and should then be able to talk about it more.

      SSG xxx

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