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If We Were Having Coffee

 

Good afternoon all you lovely readers! The weekend has rolled around again and that means one thing, it’s the weekend coffee share and you get to hear me rambling on about the week just gone and all my unlikely goals for the weak to come.

I realised something this week. There are over 150 poems on this blog! In total I have published 636 posts, [637 including this one],  but only around 150 of those posts are poetry. I suppose it’s hardly surprising when I look at all the short pieces of flash fiction I’ve written for various challenges such as ‘five sentence story’ and ‘100 word’ prompts. A lot of that writing is sitting unused though and I’m aware that it’s mostly my recent posts that get viewed when visitors pop onto the site for the first time. So I’m wondering about taking some of those 100 word stories and running a series of flash fictions where I expand them up to 1,000/2,000 words. Some of the characters that came out of those short pieces were really interesting and I love the idea of going back to them so it seems like a pretty solid plan. Of course I have some longer reads already, Headquarters, The Watcher, Dirt Beneath the Cobbles, and quite a few others. I’m wondering if I need to look at how the site is set up in regards to channelling traffic towards them because at the moment that don’t seem to be that well showcased.

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Ilia From Shadow Dawn

This week I feel like I’m slowly getting back on track with my blogging. I didn’t put up a Friday Flash Fiction piece like I wanted to yesterday, but I did get a poem and a piece based on Shadow Dawn up. Despite this I’m still not feeling very creative and this morning I decided to really push myself and try and fishing the day feeling positive about what I’ve done to move myself forward.

So far today I’ve written two poems which I’ve submitted to a literary blog and I’ve bookmarked a few other sites to go back to later on when I’ve worked on some more stuff. Reading that back it doesn’t seem like very much but I did at least submit something and for me that’s quite a step.

The rest of the day is going to be spent sorting out stuff for the coming week. It’s become clearer and clearer that I suck at sitting down everyday and getting something up on this blog so I need to learn to schedule stuff to go up instead. I’m not sure if I’m going to use some of the flash fiction that I wrote last week or if I’m going to pull out an old 100 word story and expand it, but I’m hoping to get two or three Friday Flash Fictions set up for the coming weeks. That means I’ll have a bit more time to think about what I want to post before it needs to be done. It also ties in with what I said at the beginning, I want to put more focus on some of the longer stories on this blog and make sure that they don’t get buried under mountains of posts.

I’ve also joined up with a new online poetry anthology so I need to write a poem this afternoon that works for the prompt. After that it will be a weekly thing so that means I’ll need to sit down once a week and write something for that as well.

As well as working on my own writing I’m aware that I need to work on marketing this blog and trying to make it visible to a wider audience. This will probably mean trying to find some more guest post opportunities or perhaps looking into promoting certain posts on twitter. However, I need to be careful that I don’t loose track of writing Shadow Dawn or it will all be for nothing. Whatever I do, I need to remember that the book is my priority and I need to spend time on that.

All in all I have a busy weekend ahead of me. How about you guys? Are your weekends filled to the brim or is a lazy Sunday on the horizon? Have you ever looked at your blogging history and been surprised or are there some big plans of your own about to come about?

I love hearing from you so make sure to stop in for a chat below.

Happy weekends everyone.

weekendcoffeeshare

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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.

12 Comments

    • Best of luck. I’m current going through some of my longer pieces and trying to make it so they show up on the home page together. Doesn’t help that I accidentally deleted a load of photos from my media gallery without realising it would delete them from all the posts they were attached to. 😦

  1. I remember and InLinkz group for ‘posts at least 1 month old’.. but I forgot to save it and now don’t know how to find it again. If you do, it’ll be a good way to get traffic to your old posts (and please let me know too!)

    • That sounds good, I’ll have to have a look for it. I’ve rejigged my front page to give some of the older pieces more prominence which should hopefully help.

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  3. I am with you on trying to have a bigger audience on my blog. I’m planning to start Flash Fiction in the near future. I have written three before that had to be 750 words or less. Two of them won first place in writing competitions, but I’m having problems getting back into it. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Sounds like you’re already miles ahead of me. I know wordpress has a few bloggers that do flash fiction competitions. Chuck Wendig has a blog that does Flash Fiction challenges on a Friday that vary from 1000-2000 words. He might be good to check out.

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