In his darkest hours he'd always found comfort in the thought that the world itself might just be a particularly vivid dream in the mind of some ageless sleeper. But, as he heard footsteps approaching outside the hut, the thought seemed dry and impotent against this wet morning that lay quiet before him, in wait for his blood.
Lately I've been trying to find motivation, so I've been playing with gamification. That rhymes.
Rather than bore you with the mind-numbing, sometimes infuriating, crap that has been getting in my way I just wanna celebrate the fact that I'm back to writing almost daily. IT FEEL GOOD, REAL GOOD!
Well, it's been my first official slump since starting work on the novel – possible title: 'Tabula', as in 'tabula rasa' or, just as relevantly, 'Tabula Futura Imperfecta'. Christmas disrupted things a bit, but I got in some good work leading up to NYE and new year's day. Then, as the pressure of the everyday … Continue reading The Novel: Update #7 – Self-Doubt & Impostor Syndrome
Didn't even get drunk on NYE, because I wanted a whole morning of work on my novel. For an Australian, that's true commitment.
The problem with getting up at 5am is needing to get to sleep before 10:30pm
Don't settle for basic word processors – get yourself a good writing program to free up your creativity.
This morning I ran into some of the more 'hard science fiction' elements of my story now and was reminded how much research I still need to do.
I've been working on the opening of the book, where we meet a key protagonist named Audrey. She's a young, generally quite rule-abiding scientist engaged in important genetics research for her city.
Well, good morning! It's currently 5:44 am here in the land of Oz. Daughter is asleep in my bed after coming in last night and stealing all the blankets (she's so tiny, how does she do it?), traffic is roaring along Station Street ten metres from my open window, and I'm writing my novel. Feels … Continue reading The Novel: Update #1 + sneak peak!