A Few Lines

Just a few lines today you will all be glad to hear. It is my last day off work before going on call for a week so today I’m going to focus on the novel I am supposedly writing. Life has got in the way of late as it tends to do and other stuff has taken priority. If there is a secret to novel writing whilst juggling family and work commitments then I would be delighted to learn your secrets.

Hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow. Or as normal as this blog will ever be. I’ll be continuing the study of Peter with posts about community and persecution. Again Fionnuala and I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the blog. We are nearing 4000 followers so must be doing something right. Feel free to comment below even if it’s just to say hello. Talk soon.

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  1. I’m really happy for you all! One thing that I’ve found that has helped me a little bit is sit down and face your document of your story. Give yourself a shorter time span 10-15 minutes, and say, “Okay, I just need to focus on writing for this time limit.” I’ve found it to be very helpful. Even if I only get a paragraph done or something like that, it’s progress. It helps working through the harder pieces of the scene. Often times, I will find I’ll be able to continue once the time limit is done. It’s just trying to get your foot or in this case your face, in front of the screen. (Please don’t put your foot through the screen, I promise nothing good will come out of it.)

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  2. I’m here to more than just say hello today. Steven your blog it’s one of the most fun reads that I go through. I always try to take time for you. You have a natural Talent with putting words together.

    As far as writing a book, I’m hoping to turn my prayer study into a book. I have been posting a chapter a day as often as I can. I try to take time each day like TR Noble suggest above. I don’t have any Secret. I am blessed to be off work right now so I do have time, although I am very busy during the day and night with writing projects. I know you are too.

    I have seen several writers who post their book as they are writing it maybe this is something you could try. In any case I know that your book will be a great read and I look forward to your studies and Peter.

    Be blessed

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  3. The singular technology for making a novel or any project happen, I’ve heard, is very simple and commonplace. It’s known as a ‘Deadline’. The tricky part is how to make a proper deadline outside of the office/courthouse/tax agency, etc, where we have plenty of ’em. The author of “No Plot, No Problem!” describes in detail (founder of NaNoWriMo). And ‘writing for quantity, not quality,’ then looking at it with fresh eyes once it’s aged about 3 days to 3 months is another thing he talks about, that I learned before reading. Well, he doesn’t talk so much about ageing (?), but 50,000 words in a month is in most cases, necessarily, a less or more coherent 1st draft / collection of prototype parts. Fun figure from the book: “Fight Club” was written in two weeks.

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      1. Very nice! I’m the same way when I write I just have to sit and let the story and the characters just sort of write themselves but if I don’t have time to just sit and allow that to happen then it does not go well 😂

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  4. I think writing a novel is so cool. I like when T.R. said, “…One thing that I’ve found that has helped me a little bit is sit down and face your document of your story. Give yourself a shorter time span 10-15 minutes, and say, “Okay, I just need to focus on writing for this time limit.” I’ve found it to be very helpful. Even if I only get a paragraph done or something like that, it’s progress. It helps working through the harder pieces of the scene.”

    I have thought of writing a novel based on missionary work and stopped that several years ago but I might have to pick that back up,revise a lot of it and make it my own. It’s great that you are close to getting 4000 followers, that just means that your blog will have made an impact 4000 people and then people that you may not know about.

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