How writing tips help or hinder a work.
I have not submitted any articles to Triond for almost a year, although I did checked in to read some of the articles from my list of friends. The reason I took time out was because, reading articles and commenting on them on a daily basis, became a convenient way for me to excuse my lack of progress on my novel.
Is my novel finished? No, but I have completed 350 pages of a first draft which might not otherwise have been the case.
Also during the year, I wrote a number of songs; including a skit on the Irish Government Ministers – all of whom pleaded innocence, for having in any way, caused the economic crisis the country faces.
My experiences, in working on my novel in progress, have been interesting. I am not a workaholic, in fact, when it comes to writing, I am an expert in procrastination.
It is often said the we each have a novel in us. This may well be true, but getting it from where it is happiest – floating around our brain cells – to setting it down with pen and paper or keyboard, is quiet a different matter.
So I thought I would share the trials and tribulations of my efforts and review my progress or lack of it.
I sought guidance while I wrote. Plenty abounds, in books, by way of the Internet and if you are lucky enough, by having direct contact with a published author.
Tips and advise on writing both help and hinder, that certainly was the case for me.
In my next few articles I will review these tips in the light of my own experience. As previously noted, I am not a prolific writer, in fact I am a lazy git, so these articles will not arrive day on day.
If during the day, I have worked on my novel and also made progress, however limited, on a series of short stories I am writing, then I will reward myself by writing an article on Triond. I will not presume the reader will feel as rewarded but here is hoping.
The first tip to be tackled; write about what you know.
Bye for now.
Check out my youtube video: An Irish Government Ministers Lament