Hello, June

Can’t believe we’re halfway through 2019!!

Did you have a ‘word’ for 2019? Mine was intentional – to live 2019 with purpose and to living my best life. Some days it doesn’t feel like I’m being very intentional. Some days it feels like I’m circling the drain but I’m trying to make the most of every day.

I’ve applied this intentional thing to my writing though. Books aren’t going to write themselves so even though the writing is going slow…better slow than not at all.

Beside, I’ve had a lot of distractions (called life) and it’s been an anxious whirlwind of work, writing and preschool related activities.

#amwriting

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Last year I entered the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019 for the first time with a story called ‘One Hundred Moons’ about a fisherman lost at sea. A total of 5,081 entries were submitted, and while I didn’t make the shortlist of 21, I made the longlist of 200!

I am truly amazed at this. Floored to be honest…and encouraged!! It’s the little wins that adds fuel to the writing fire. I’m all for it.

Middle Grade project (working title: Code Green) update

As for the middle grade adventure, I’m still working on the second draft. I had hoped to be on the third draft by now but they don’t call it the muddy middle for nothing. I’m at the tail end of the Second Act and I’ve set a deadline of end June to get this second draft done. My third draft will focus on dialogue and description and should go much more quickly with the plot issues out of the way. Some days I do zero writing and others it feels like it’s dragging on too long. I just keep reminding myself that every sentence puts me closer to the finish line. Bit by bit…word by word. 

Working on Code Green has also given time for my other story idea to marinate and for some other plot ideas to work themselves out. I’m gathering all these tiny morsels to incorporate them into my outline. While I can’t wait to get started on the next project, and I’m really tempted to just start drafting, if I lose steam with Code Green I may never get back to it. I’m sticking to my goal of sending queries out this summer.

Do you manage multiple writing projects? I can work a short story in-between but I don’t think I can take on writing two full writing projects. Not gonna rule it out but not now 🙂

Competitions

One of my goals for 2019 is to enter the finished novel into a local literary competition, so to achieve this, I need this MG novel done and polished up by early August 2019.

National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA – Barbados)

I didn’t plan properly for NIFCA 2018 so you better believe that I’m entering in 2019. I’m planning to enter ‘One Hundred Moons’ after some light editing along with a still to be written short story, a Snow White fairy tale retelling, set in Barbados. I’ve already outlined the story (I usually don’t outline short stories, I just pants my way through) but I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while now and I’m looking forward to getting it on the page.

 

#amreading

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After watching ‘A Discovery of Witches’ series on AMC, I had to read the book. Turns out it’s a trilogy. Witches, vampires and demons…need I say more? I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 and can’t wait to read the other two books.

I always try to incorporate some YA/MG in my reading list so I picked up the first book in the action packed Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, and I’m currently reading a MG mystery ‘Just South of Home’ by debut author Karen Strong.

Next up will be YA fantasy ‘The Gilded Wolves’ by Roshani Chokshi and ‘The Current’ by Tim Johnston which sounds like an intense psychological thriller.

So that’s it all for now. Happy writing!!

 

 

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  1. Hi Lisa, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for following my travel blog. I really enjoyed reading your post about being intentional about writing. Congrats for making it to the long list of finalists for your short story – it sounds fab! Good luck with getting it published somewhere. I’m working on a short story too – it’s called ‘The Garden Party’. It’s sort of planned in my head, but I’m kind of winging it too – perhaps I should write a plan?! Anyway, best wishes with your writing, and I’ll be following your blog.

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    1. Just wing it with the short story…be creative and let it go wherever it goes. Afterwards then you can edit as necessary. If you’re terrified of even starting then keep it simple with a list of bullet points about what happens in the beginning, middle and ending. Then you’ll have a mini map and can still be creative while staying on course. Good luck!

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  2. I’ve started – I have my main character and my crisis introduced. I know the gist of the ending – so it’s just the muddy middle bit I’ve got to try and keep moving along. Perhaps your bullet point idea might help. Thanks for all your tips Lisa.

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