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On completing the first draft of my novel

It’s weird. I expected to feel elated at this stage. After a year of solid work (and 3 years of twists and turns) I’ve finished the first draft of my novel.

Great, right?

Well, yeah, except I feel like I’ve written a pile of shit.

99,000 words worth of shit, to be precise.

Instead of feeling excited about this achievement, I feel tortured by self doubt. Now that I’ve finished something I can see exactly what I have. There’s no hiding from it.

Of course, this is just a first draft. It will get better.

But I think it’s interesting how negative I’ve been feeling since finishing the first draft. I should be happy for fuck’s sake!


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Writing: the compulsion that won’t quit

If you write, chances are you will always write. The urge to write is unlikely to subside. Writing is, for most writers, part of their identity. The act of writing – of creating stories – doesn’t stop. The completion of one story just means the beginning of another.

A friend once said, “It will be great when you’ve finished writing.” I pointed out that I would never really be finished writing, and that when I had finished writing my current story, I would start writing my next.

 

 


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Novel update 25/10/13

My First Novel logo

After a few hiccups and interruptions – mainly to do with a holiday and then my son starting at a new school – I’m back into the writing habit.

Here’s my progress pie chart, which shows I’ve now passed the 50k word mark, which is more than 60% of my estimated total. Fuck yeah!

BNY

I’m still thrilled to have found a writing habit that feels sustainable. Long may it continue!


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Paperback writer – my theme tune

We’ve been listening to a Beatles compilation in the car. My son loves the songs (who doesn’t?) and it’s a nice counterbalance to Gangnam Style, which is the only other music he appreciates.

Anyway, I’m especially enjoying Paperback Writer, and am adopting it as my official Theme Tune:

 


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Road cycling in Dorset (Poole, actually)

After a few years of regular road cycling, life got in the way, and I struggled to find the time to ride. But after relocating to Poole a few months ago, I resolved to make the time and explore my new neighbourhood by bike.

But then I got a bit stuck because I couldn’t find decent road routes. I would look at maps, pick a destination and head out, only to discover dull, busy roads that were not scenic, or challenging, or even very pleasant. I clearly needed help finding the right places to go cycling.

I looked online for ideas, but couldn’t find any routes or advice. The local cycling clubs are welcoming but challenging; their rides tend to be epic – not ideal for my rusty knees or limited fitness!

I was feeling a little despondent about cycling in Poole when I spotted a tell-tale gathering of lycra-clad men and women outside Ride bike shop one morning. To my delight, it turns out that Ride organise weekly cycling events – both on- and off-road.

If you fancy cycling with other people, I highly recommend joining the Ride bunch for an outing or two. They offer a few different on-road options, designed to suit all abilities. Their Saturday morning rides alternate between 2 hour rides and 1-hour rides – so if you’re totally new to road cycling or returning after a break, you can really ease yourself back on to the saddle.

Ride with Ride

 

 


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On completing the first draft of my novel

It’s weird. I expected to feel elated at this stage....
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Writing: the compulsion that won’t quit

If you write, chances are you will always write. The urge to...
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Novel update 25/10/13

After a few hiccups and interruptions – mainly to do...
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Paperback writer – my theme tune

We’ve been listening to a Beatles compilation in the...
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Road cycling in Dorset (Poole, actually)

After a few years of regular road cycling, life got in the...
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