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Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how I’ve spent the last four hours trying to write a chapter and I’ve managed 1,500 words in that time. It’s not my best and right now I’m stuck, really stuck and part of me worries that nothing I’ve written before this point makes a whole lot of sense. I’ve got just over 20,000 words of the second draft written and more keeps coming, but I don’t know if it’s all the same story…

If we were having coffee I’d also let you in on the fact that I’m trying to write a few pieces for competition entries but having just as much luck on that as I am with the novel. It feels weird taking time off from one to work on the other and when I do I spend more time staring at blank screens then I do actually putting words down on paper. I feel like I’m plateauing and I’m note entirely sure what to do about it. I can’t work out if I should do more competitions, try writing for another blog or dive all my energies into the book. I suppose that’s what happens when your mid-write for a novel.

If we were having coffee I’d also bring out this week’s doodles to show you. I haven’t started today’s but I’ve managed one a day since January 1st and I’m proud of myself for that. Two weeks of daily drawing. I’m not sure if I’m getting any better but I’m achieving something which is what matters.

If we were having coffee I’d also tell you about how I’m trying to connect with other bloggers outside the circles of my own. I worry sometimes that I’m tying myself too tightly into a niche and that I’ve hit the limit for what I can achieve with this blog. I’m trying to work out a way that I can take it to the next level but I’m unsure what that even is.

If we were having coffee I think you’d quickly realise that I’m rambling. A lot. So thank you for listening.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. 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. 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 poem ‘Sunsets’ was 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. More recently 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 here on Writing and Works.

27 Comments

  1. Do you do free writes ? They let the story decide and not you 🙂
    I don’t have the feeling that I have come across your blog so far, sorry for that. I personally think that weekend coffee shares are a great way to connect with other bloggers.
    Enjoy your weekend and don’t be too hard on yourself regarding the word count.

    • I do try and do free writes from time to time. they’re really good fun. It’s how Headquarters came into being and I don’t tend to plan much besides my novel.
      Thank you for the comment though. You’re probably right and I’m probably being too hard on myself. Hope you have a great weekend yourself. 🙂

  2. Oohhh..I’d love to see your doodles! What a fun way to express yourself each day 🙂

    I am also working to expand my blogging community. I love my niche, but there is so.much.more out there and one can never be *too inspired!

    I hope you have a lovely week full of lots of free-flowing words and joyful goodness!

  3. Veronica Martinez says

    Heck, that’s what my blog is for. Bit of personal rambling now and then.

    Hope your imaginary friends start talking again and you break the writer’s block.

  4. I would like to commiserate with you on the directionless feeling in the midst of it all. (For me, it’s always seemed too high a level of expectation and too little focused fun…perhaps in someone else’s sandbox. I write poetry, though. Not the same thing.) I have various blogs, which have different uses; this one is for nattering. One has no links to my main page, yet. (Ever?)

    One of my friends, Pam Casto, does a Flash Fiction newsletter. That’s interested me. There seems to be a porous border between flash poetry and flash fiction. I hope to get back here on my next break to look through some of your poetry.

    Best wishes for your weekend!
    Lizl

  5. Your rambling is interesting and worth reading.We all love feedback.I find I getfeedback when I send feedback. I am not trying to write a book or when high rating. I am pleased with my blog and it keeps growing. I know I could reblog others blogs and get more views. I have more than I can handleright now.
    I wish you luck in your endeavors. How is your weather, ours is mixed stormy and sunny.

    • We’ve been getting flurries of snow here and there but very little of it has actually settled. Mostly we have grey skies and lots of rain.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I’m glad my ramblings are interesting and worth reading. 🙂

  6. I’m not a novel writer myself but I do think you are being too hard on yourself. Sounds like you are getting your daily word count up on the novel. Just possibly need a motivational boost. Remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
    I have heard of something called the Half-finished Book Club where I live and from what you’re saying perhaps you hit the doldrums half way and need that community encouragement and support.
    just a thought! All the best xx Rowena

    • Thank you Rowena. I actually went back and read my plan for the novel and felt a lot better afterwards. Patience has never been my strongest trait.

      • I am great at encouraging others but persecute myself. Pleased to hear you’re feeling better. Only natural to experience highs and lows on a long project…note to self here too!

  7. Sometimes, we just need someone to listen to us ramble on about whatever is on our minds. Fortunately, you have a community that doesn’t mind. At least, that’s what I like to think. As far as taking your blog to the next level, I can relate. This is the second year of writing in this blog and I’m looking for ways to expand my parameters and gain more followers. Maybe if I fulfill the promises I made. That would probably be a start.

    I think you’re going a good job with your blog. The daily doodles are excellent. I wish I could draw as good as you. And I like the various forms of poetry and prose you present. It’s a nice change of pace. And the weekend coffee shares are thought-provoking. Makes me want do something similar aside from the month-in-review posts I did last year.

    Keep up the good work. I, for one, enjoy reading your blog. I look forward to more from you.

  8. I’m feeling rather stuck on the writing front, too, especially when it comes to where to go with the blogging. I feel like Part-Time Monster is at a sort-of crossroads as to what it’s going to become, but I’m not sure yet where to go. We’ll see, I suppose!

  9. I love rambling, and very much enjoyed yours. I think it’s a good way to get the words to flow. A babbling brook, so to speak, and who cares where it meanders because the flow is what counts.

    I’m drawing/doodling and writing, too. I think they pair well together. As for blogs and blogging, sometimes it’s best to let those flow, too, and eventually you’ll land where you need to be. 🙂

  10. I’m with everyone in agreeing that your ramblings are enjoyable. This forum is great and I’ve already met a bunch of new bloggers… including you!

    I can’t draw for beans so I colour. A friend has tried to get me to try my hand at the doodling (because, for some strange reason, I can draw images on a cake in icing but put a pencil in my hand? Not so much…)

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