I love Christmas, but it doesn’t half take its toll on the writing.
There are puddings to make, shopping to be done, decorations to put up, pantomimes to attend, menus to plan, cupboards to tidy….you get my drift?
The upshot being that the writing schedule has taken a tumble. My current WIP – a pocket novel for The People’s Friend – is half written. The plan was to finish it before Christmas and email it to Tracey at the beginning of the new year, but that won’t be happening.
Here’s one I did earlier. It hit the newsagents’ shelves this week!
If you’re reading this, Suzanne, I didn’t pinch your title, honestly. When your My Weekly pocket novel came out I did think of contacting Tracey at PF to point out the titles were the same, but then they always change them anyway…except that this time they didn’t. Sod’s Law, eh!
As I’ve already mentioned, I adore the Christmas celebrations. It’s a joy to us having all the family, and extended family, in the same room at the same time. And being Scottish, our celebrations tend to continue right up to (and beyond) Hogmanay.
So although I’m missing the pleasure of settling down at my computer for a concentrated writing session, I know it will all be there waiting for me when I’m ready.
And just so I don’t flag, I’ve signed up for the lovely Sally Quilford’s ‘100,000 Words in a Hundred Days’ challenge. here
It’s all very informal but great fun, and it really does get those words on the page. In my case the 100K words equates to TWO Pocket Novels. If I can achieve that by next April then I’ll be well pleased.
I took part in Sally’s challenge last year, so I know it can be done (and more if you’re really keen). Of course the words don’t have to be for novels, you could write short stories, poetry, prose, articles and magazine features. Check in with Sally, she’ll keep you right.
And just to make sure I stay on track I’ll also be taking a leaf out of Maria’s book. Here who inspires me with her weekly work logs.
Happy shopping everybody…