It’s getting better

•Tuesday, 11 September 2007 - 10:31pm • Leave a Comment

The whole writing thing, that is.

I’m still a blogging fool over at my main blog,, but have also been busy getting into the good habit of writing braindumps into cheap notebooks everyday. I’m getting there, and it’s getting easier to do. I don’t just mean the discipline of writing— I also mean the flexing of hand muscles. I’ve become lazy over the years, thanks to typing and mouse action. These braindumps are limbering me up again and I’m finding it easier to pour out thoughts through a pen instead of mainly using a computer. I used to get sore just writing out a quick letter to a friend, but now I’m writing a dozen pages before feeling any strain.


Something I kept quiet about for awhile

•Thursday, 19 July 2007 - 10:20am • Leave a Comment

They needed words in a hurry for a launch about to happen; I was conveniently available at whatever-o-clock at night to help out. I did the copywriting for the channel descriptions for PodShow UK (aka:, reflecting their partnership with BT in the UK) and although the space they sit in now cuts off several characters of most of the descriptions (my original brief and subsequent copy approvals did not ask me to shorten— the copy was actually written for a larger space in a previous site design), my careful yet hastily written words are visible to millions of site visitors the world over. That’s a pretty cool thing. Here’s a bit of what I did:

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The reason I kept quiet about the involvement was mostly that I didn’t want to jinx it and see Podshow put in ‘professional’ words in place of my last-minute, deadline-looming filler text. They haven’t yet, and it’s been months and months. I think they have bigger things to concern them than my words. Must mean I did all right.

Looking forward, I’d love to rewrite the channel descriptions to fit the character limitations of the space they’ve crammed my words into. Some of the text doesn’t make as much sense and loses some of the wit it had before. I’ll ask about this… I have a very local guy I can speak to. 😉

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A little update

•Tuesday, 17 July 2007 - 7:06pm • Leave a Comment

Writing was getting a back seat to life for awhile and that wasn’t making me happy. We moved house, I got a part-time job, and my immigration status all changed at the beginning of this year. Writing kept getting pushed aside as I dealt with the stress and changes. Things have evened out now and we’re settled in all three of those aforementioned areas. I’m even beginning to get settled into the writing again. Yesterday I went on a writing spree and churned out over fifteen pages of brain-dump in a little more than an hour! It felt fantastic! I don’t expect this many pages will make it out of me everyday, but my rate is increasing and I’m feeling more confident than ever. Soon, I’ll be submitting my assignments again (no rush, as there’s no time limit) and I’m preparing a few contest entries as well.

I’m beginning to believe that things are possible again.

Am I doomed?

•Monday, 21 May 2007 - 5:02pm • Leave a Comment

I got to thinking the other day — a day where I made up another plot for another novel I haven’t written yet — that perhaps my ADD gets in the way of writing.

Here’s how:

– I think up a story.
– I outline or mind map the story.
– I come up with the character basics.
– I am satisfied.
– I shift focus to something else entirely never to return again to the vignette I created.

Does this happen to other people too? I need to find the focus to continue working on something that I’ve already got a handle on… I know roughly what happens and that’s enough for me. Resolved. Fin.

Must flesh out a few stories now. Who knows, I may have a few novels worth already! Or at the very least, the world’s shortest book of short stories… 😉

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How dark to make it?

•Sunday, 1 April 2007 - 8:32pm • Leave a Comment

With the fiction project solidifying in my mind more, I’m at the point where I’m thinking about how dark certain aspects of the story should become. I know it’s early and I know I don’t have to decide this now, but I’m new to this process and so I’m – perhaps prematurely – thinking about it.

I bought a book on writing horror today, aptly titled: “On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association” (Horror Writers Association)
The above link goes to the American Amazon site, as the book I purchased was imported. The UK edition is likely this one: “On Writing Horror: A Handbook by ”The Horror Writers of America“” (The Horror Writers of America)

I’m not certain if the story I’m working on will technically be a horror tale, but there are dark elements. I’ll let it evolve naturally.

Getting back in gear

•Saturday, 17 March 2007 - 11:22am • 1 Comment

It’s been a bit of a dry spell, writing-wise. Not that I don’t have ideas — no, I keep putting ideas into a little notebook — but if you keep up on my main blog, regularjen, then you know my battle with ADHD and (in my case) the associated depression. I’m still doing the writing course, though not actively at the moment. The course is designed to be completed in each person’s own time, so no worries there. We’re moving house soon too. That’s a bit of a disruption to say the least. But regarding writing, I have some promising news:
I have been recording ideas and recently one sparked enough of an inspirational flame that I’m writing it now. I took the time to mind-map it yesterday and have done some of the necessary research for the fictional, yet oddly familiar, location for the story. I have a few more facts to look at, but that said, I’ve got a really promising story here. Perhaps a book if I don’t get too frightened of the process. It’s fiction, you may have guessed, and that usually terrifies me. That means I have to tap my head for ideas instead of reporting on reality. I have to construct a reality and let you in to explore it. That’s a very personal thing and the fear of failing you, the reader, is daunting. I’d love to let go of this fear. Part of it is related to my ADHD and part of it is the common affliction of most writers. I’ll do what I can and try not to give up.

I still should post a short story I wrote for competition last year, but I’m thinking of reworking it a bit and submitting it to another competition this year. We’ll see.

Back to the fiction I’m developing— I have a town name, a location, the protagonist and a few relevant satellite characters’ names, and a situation that developed into a mind-map of the story. I’ve got the parts, now I must find the courage to followthrough.

Oh, and what I’m reading right now is: “Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It” (Geoff Dyer). I’ll give you my thoughts after I finish it.

Now, time to curl up with my laptop and get writing…

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A new year and a new outlook

•Thursday, 18 January 2007 - 8:32pm • Leave a Comment

The year ahead has got to be less crap than the end of 2006 was. That last quarter year nearly killed my spirit beyond revival. I suffer ADD with a side order of depression— this was barely endured, but here I am and so I guess I’m a tougher cookie than estimated.

I’m looking at 2007 with new optimism. The writing ground to a bit of a halt during most of those last dark months of 2006, but I’m working on staying on a new and positive track. I still have good days and bad, but at least I’m feeling more in control. I’m also reading more. I just finished “Speaks the Nightbird – Book I: Judgement of the Witch” (Robert R. McCammon) and “Speaks the Nightbird – Book II: Evil Unveiled” (Robert McCammon) and really enjoyed them.

As my good spirits strengthen so will my writing output increase. I’ll be sharing some of it here soon.

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