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Darkened Daughter Update

Today all I could think about was writing, but then I got home and suddenly all that motivation decided it would rather talk to me later and right now there was a really good episode of Star Gate on so it should watch that instead. I’m bad at that. I’m bad for telling myself that something I was really motivated about just an hour before could be done just as well tomorrow and really, right now the sofa/bed/chair is damn, flipping comfy.

I’m getting better though.

See tonight I sat down, [after Star Gate] and wrote another 600 words of Darkened daughter and over the last week and bit I’ve written close to 12,000 words of the first draft. I’m a quarter of the way through and I now how a fully mapped out plan of where my characters, and more importantly my plot line, are going.

Don’t get me wrong, it sucks. It sucks a lot. I’m going to have to go back and tear it limb from limb to try and work out why there’s an arm where clearly, there should be a leg. That, at the moment, is not my priority though. My priority is finishing draft one and that’s what I’m doing.

I’m further than I’ve ever been before and as of yet, the steam’s not run out. So I’m off to add some more words to that 600 that I’ve written and hopefully, in three weeks, Darkened Daughter will be on the page. It’s sort of my own, personal Camp Nanowrimo, just half a month late.


Tara from Darkened Daughter

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


    • Well I’m managing an average of 10000 words a week at the moment, which is an all time best, so I’m not keen to let that slip. But thank you for the encouragement. As you mentioned on your own blog, a cheerleader can be just the motivation that you need to keep going sometimes. Even if it’s just a watch vibrating at you. 😀

      • Wow 10000 words a week that’s hard work and time! Of course, what you said in your post I totally related too, you said you make a commitment to yourself to go home and write but once it’s time all that drive is gone.
        So truee, so true.

        • I just have to remind myself that I will never get where I want if I don’t push. My grandmother left Ireland and a fiancée at 18 to study nursing in England and then married a man her family didn’t approve of. If she can do all that, then I think I can come home and write.

  1. Very well written post amd truthful, I think it’s a common flaw amongst us as humans to consider trying to put inspiration off if it comes at an unsuitable timing, I can be a nightmare for doing that. Glad to hear you’re working your way through your first draft though, it’s a mountainous task to undertake the writing of a novel and I hope it goes well!

    • Thank you very much, it’s lovely to see you commenting. It is a big task, but it is one I’ve put off for too long and it will wait no longer. I need to learn how to treat this as a profession if I want to be able to do it all day, everyday.

      • Definitely and judging from your mindset you will do just that, once the determination sets in anything can be achieved.

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