I created my Twitter profile @Bornagainwriter on Friday. It’s hard work starting meaningful dialogue in so few characters. At the same time, it means writers practice getting to the point! The problem is, finding and recognizing contacts takes up a great deal of time! Add that to making author pages for (nearly) every social media site going and that’s my writing evening traded in for networking and self-promotion.
This weekend, I wrote 2509 words for the second chapter of the modern London timeline. Yay! Three drafted chapters now complete in week 1.
I loved laying the ground work for future interplay between the characters. They have to be interesting and gain momentum or they’ll fall flat.
Additionally, I lost myself in the world of Tudor and Elizabethan London. Research can be a black hole of time for me. That’s why I tend to do most of it in the morning, when everyone is sleeping. When they wake up, it’s time to close the book and move on. Improving my skills through self-directed education is also part of my time management conundrum. I have a lot of years to gain back.
I’m at a point in taking apart my earlier material that stepping away was helpful. It let my brain permeate through centuries of history and the meanings I found within. New paths presented themselves and this week, I’ll explore which ones take me closer to the heart of my story.
At least, I spent time with like-minded individuals today: hanging out with readers over beverages, having a quick chat with a Whovian and writer of the Canadian children’s book Scratch and Sniff: The Case of the Stuck Seagull (J. White) at the British Isles Show, and engaging with huge chunk of the world as we watched a fantastic actor die on Game of Thrones. (here’s where my fingers want to type #baddieswelovetohate… oh wait, they just did!) Jack Gleeson did a fantastic job as Joffrey and I’ll be sad to see the actor (not the character) gone. Stephen King seemed a little bit upset about the general shock and reaction. I loved his Tweet: Spoiler alert, Romeo and Juliet die. (I paraphrase)