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If We Were Having Coffee

Good morning everyone and welcome to the wonderful weekly blog hop that is the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by the lovely Dianna at Part Time Monster.com. As always, I’m going to substitute coffee for a large mug of tea and get right into in.

If we were having coffee…

Well, this week has been somewhat more productive than last, but I haven’t got as much writing done as I wanted to. I’ve managed to get a lot of reading in and finished four books as well as making some good progress of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scot Lynch. I’ve been stuck at about page fifty for the last six months and I decided it was time to get this book read once and for all. It’s not that I don’t like the book, it’s just I’ve had other ones popping up on the doorstep that have distracted me from reading it. To be honest though, last month I read very little so I’m playing catch up with my Goodreads reading goal and I didn’t bother with an April update on what I’ve been reading like I did in March.

While I haven’t progressed much with my writing I did managed to hit the 60,000 word mark for the re-draft of my novel. I even managed to go over the plan for the rest of the novel and tweak a few things here and there so I have a clearer idea of what I need to write next.

Now most of this re-draft has been written in sequence, however, I’ve got a burning urge to write a chapter that the haven’t got to yet and I think I might just need to get it down on paper and slot it in later on instead of waiting.  I can see the opening quite clearly but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for the book in the long run, or that I won’t struggle to write anything beyond the first two hundred words. I’ve spent the week mulling it over so I think I know how it will go, but until I start typing I can’t be sure.

Also, this week I decided on a couple of features for this site. The first will be a regular post that comes up every Friday and the other is a one off. The first is free write Friday. Now I used to join in with this every now and again but I think it will me good for my writing if I make myself sit down every Friday and write a short, free piece to put up on here. Mondays and Tuesdays are normally spent doing DVerse prompts and Wednesday sometimes involve Friday Fictioneers but the rest of the week tends to be a little blank. I like the idea of adding a little more structure to the site. The first two posts for this feature are up already, ‘Broken Cups and Awkward Poets’ and ‘The Boy By The Stairs’.

The second feature that will be going on falls in line with my recent attempts at trying to post more positively. On Wednesday I put up a post asking readers to let me know what keeps them inspired, motivated and positive. I’ve had a few fantastic responses and tomorrow I’ll be pulling all of them together into a post to put up on the site. If you’d like to share what keeps you inspired, motivated and positive please pop over and check out the post here. I’ll link back to all the bloggers who contribute and I’m hoping that the post will be useful to those of us who sometimes find our own drive and energy failing a little and just need a quick boost to pick us up again.

This weekend I’m trying to focus on my novel and also getting some studying done for my accounting course. It’s been a pretty good start to the day, it’s only 11am and I’ve done the majority of the housework, washed and ironed by uniform for work next week, fed the fish, done the shopping and written this post. Let’s hope the rest of the day follows the same theme.

Make sure to let me know how your weeks have gone, I always love to hear from you. I hope you enjoyed stopping by for coffee today, until next week, all the best!

Oh, and happy Free Comic Book Day.

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-three year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. 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’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

8 Comments

  1. If you and I were having coffee, I would substitute a protein shake for coffee, as I am trying to not drink so much caffeine.

    As far as my writing goes, it’s been slow. I journal here and there, but nothing as far as projects go. I’m still debating on starting this novel. I know people tell me to just start writing it, but I feel nervous. I’ve never attempted something this big before. I have doubts creeping in on whether I can get this done. With my short stories, I’m a pantser. I just go with it. With this, I feel like I need a plan. I haven’t started outlining it. I need to, though, and not waste time.

    I’m looking forward to the changes on your website. You’re an inspiration to me. I want to start posting my work to my blog, like you do.

    I wish you luck with your accounting course. Until next time…

    • Thank you. I don’t think anyone has ever called me an inspiration.
      As far as your writing goes, I agree with the people telling you just to get on and write. I started my current novel about nine years ago and it’s only been in the last year that I scrapped everything and started from scratch. I have numerous novels that I started and never finished but I know I can always go back to them and when I do they are at least part way there. Even if it’s just one sentence, it’s still a start.

      • I know I should start writing this thing. I’ve been saying that I want to write a novel for years. I have this issue of starting a story and not liking it. I end up skipping the beginning and start in the middle. This is especially an issue I have with short stories. I’m just afraid that will be the case with this novel.

          • I do. I find that starting in the middle of my short stories gives me a feel for the story itself and how I should begin. I feel that a novel would be totally different because every chapter is a story in itself.

            • Well as I said, The Graveyard Book is a novel and all novels are different. If you have a point you know you want to write then work outwards from there. Don’t worry too much about the structure in the first draft. There will be plenty of time to change things later.

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