I do not feel like I have more time. I feel like I have less time.
However, in this unusual and life-changing period, I am trying to get on with the second novel. I took this picture last week. I'm not sure I did any actual writing in the hour or so I worked on the book, but it was so nice to get all of my bits and pieces out on the kitchen table.
I can recommend doing this. About halfway through writing A is for Angelica I got myself into a right old tangle. My route out of the mess was via pack of Post it notes, which I used to visualise everything I'd written on a lovely blank wall.
I don't know why, but there is something about seeing what you've written. And I mean all of it, whether it's a load of print outs, all your scribbles or just the skeleton of the thing on some Post its. It somehow reminds you of all the hard work you've done so far. And it helps you think about your writing as a real, physical thing in the world.
Fire up your printer. Open your notebooks. Grab your Post its. And give it a try.
Quick note. I shared the above picture on Twitter in the sprit of Show Your Work and all the likes and kind words gave me a much unexpected lift. In the weeds of real life, especially right now, it's very lovely to know that there are people interested in and waiting to – eventually – read more of my fiction. Forgive my ego:
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Taskade – The Unified Workspace – this looks like a neat way to organise yourself, especially if you work with other people
The Science of Reading – fascinating long read – do you hear your characters speak?
How I shipped my new design portfolio under 5 hours – who needs a website when you can have Notion?
Reality writes – the depressing financial truth of being an author
Book Marketing: 16 Ways To Market Your Audiobook – cracking practical advice from Joanna Penn, as always
Latest issue of Five Dials magazine – I've not read any of it yet, but it's always ace
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