I Wrote a Poem Once…

What can I say?

Is there any way to explain such a deviation in form?

Especially from one such as me who has avoided writing poetry since the traumatic unearthing of that dreadful Christmas poem I wrote at age 8? (And no, that shall not be posted here, and yes – thanks Mother for scarring me for life with that reminder of my childhood writing.)

Again, what can I say?

Something awoke in me and demanded to be heard.

Write about what you know, they say.

Write what’s in your heart.

So, I wrote about the war.

No, I’ve never been in a war.

No, it’s not something I have any intimate knowledge of.

But yes, it is something that’s close to my heart.

And will I post it here; probably not.

I’m not brave enough for that.

Disclaimer: I blame NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Project 2012!

After a busy month of editing and rewriting my NaNoWriMo 2012 project, I finally have something to show for all those hard nights writing away! Although I didn’t manage to edit my entire novel, finding myself more exhausted after finishing University than I expected, I am still proud with the final product, which I am now editing in full.

It is always exciting to hold a paperback copy of your book, whether it is a published book or just for self. So I’m going to take a moment to show off mine ๐Ÿ™‚


Poppy Field: Innocence (Poppy Field #1)

NaNoWriMo editing…


NaNoWriMo editing…

I made a promise to myself that after the final day of NaNoWriMo 2012, I would not look at my completed work until I had finished my University degree. Well, I made it! My degree is over and I have spent two blissful weeks reading some of the books that are precariously balanced on my over-flowing bookshelves, downloading yet more Kindle books published by indie authors, and writing short stories and flash-fictions, finally indulging the pounding plot bunnies that have been thumping around in my mind for the last few months. But now, after catching up on some much needed sleep and deserved time of lazing around, the real work begins.

Having a look at the calendar on my wall, I joyfully crossed out in bold red ink the dreaded Dissertation deadline and Positive Psychology exam date, and then flicked to the month of June to see what was looming overhead.

Yep, and then I saw it…that terrifying date.

“30th June 2013 -NaNoWriMo Createspace discount ends.”

The one thing that I both hate and love about NaNoWriMo is that you have to write under pressure. Unless you are one of those amazing authors that I worship who can whip out 5,000 – 10,000 words a day, writing 50,000 words in the space of 30 days is a touch challenge. However, last year I surprised both myself and my cosmic sister, who is also a writer, by thundering through the words at an extroadinary pace, and at the end of November gave a huge sigh of relief thinking; “Well that’s the hard bit done.”

And now comes the editing.

From what I hear from my twitter and facebook writerly friends, editing is the worst part of writing. I’ve always agreed. Over the last three years I have loathed the proof-reading and editing of my University essays, where after too long every comma looks like it is in the wrong place. So I sat down with my freshly printed NaNoWriMo in front of me, preparing myself for the great slog.

So maybe it is just the euphoria of proof-reading and editing something that does not in any way relate to psychological measurements, stress effects on memory or dreaded spreadsheets of statistics data, but I am loving every minute of this editing experience.

Having taken a break of six months between writing and editing my novel, I have come back to it with a fresh mind, and I instantly remembered why I loved writing it so much. By spending time away from my characters and the situations that they face, I can now see them in a new light and find it easy to cross out whole paragraphs of interactions and replace them with some more appropriate.

My only worry is finishing the editing and formatting of the novel before the end of June, but other than that lingering worry, I can honestly say that this has been one of the most inspiring writing experiences of my life.

NaNoWriMo Progress.

I’ve been writing like a maniac for the last few days, only realising after I’d reached 40,000 words of this years NaNoWriMo that I still have another 19 days remaining. So now I’m taking a moment to slow down.

I’ve finally reached the chapters set during World War I and World War II which gives me the perfect excuse to slow down my writing, as I set about researching these war’s in as much detail as I can.


NaNoWriMo 2012 – Will you be writing?

November is fast approaching and for the second time I’m planning away my NaNoWriMo project for 2012

I’ve always been sceptical at the idea of me rushing to finish a 50,000 word novel in the space of 30 days, especially as I can’t spend whole days at my computer, having to go to uni and plan my dissertation and assignments. The general idea is a good one, as it allows you to take one month out to focus solely on a novel when it may have taken you years to ever have taken the time out to even start it, but can you honestly write a good novel in 30 days?

Of course it entirely depends on the type of novel. Creating a fictional land in a sci-fi or fantasy setting means you can make up your own world and how the characters can behave, but is it as easy to write say a historical based novel in 30 days?

I myself have been writing a novel set in the Victorian era for nearly five years, with two years of this suffering severe writers block. After all, writing a historically accurate novel requires more research than writing, because in my view, if you’re going to write a historical novel, you have to write it properly. Would I have been able to research everything their was to know about the Victorian era and write a well-written 50,000 word novel in 30 days? Definitely not, and I wouldn’t even attempt to.

It’s different for all writers of course, as I know some writers work best on a deadline, not having time to doubt what they have written and constantly delete paragraphs at a time in annoyance of their writing skills. But I personally never feel happy with anything I have had to rush and always think; “what if I had just added in this bit?” Or “I wish I had had time for someone to proofread it for me.” I really admire all those writers out there who manage to write brilliant novels in NaNoWriMo, as I know I myself could never achieve it.

But as I did last year, here I am planning on entering NaNoWriMo again, as I know I will then have to make time to do some writing rather than having to fit it in around my uni work. But having said everything I have, I don’t plan on writing a novel, I know that I’d be severely disappointed with any story I had to write in such a short space of time, therefore I am approaching NaNoWriMo from a different angle this year,

I’ve recently discovered my love for writing short stories when I feel I need to escape from the world for a bit. I love creating a character and telling their story in only 1500 words, who they are, where they are in life, and whether or not they will get there happy ending. It’s comforting to know that there can be a happy ending to a story just because I chose that I would like those characters to have one. Therefore, this year I have decided to write a collection of short stories for NaNoWriMo, which if I write up to 50,000 words of in November, I’ll be able to order in book form and have for my own collection.

So what are your thoughts on writing 50,000 words in 30 days? Will you be joining thousands of other writers in NaNoWriMo this year? What do you plan on writing? Could you manage a novel, or would you stick to short stories? Share your thoughts in a comment.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year and wish to add me as a ‘writing buddy’, my account is: oldvictorianquill ๐Ÿ™‚