Writing Wednesday: Writing First

I didn’t blog last Wednesday, for obvious reasons – check the calendar! But that didn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about writing. In fact, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking – and a lot of work.

First, I wanted to finish the new first draft of my science fiction novel, Flight of the Kestrel: Intruders. I got to 52,000 words in NaNoWriMo, but not to the end of the story, so I wanted to finish by Christmas. I finished on Christmas Eve!

Second, I wanted to review all the social media marketing emails and posts I’d received and not had time to read while I was writing. I wanted to clear them before New Year. I finished them on New Year’s Eve!

Third, I wanted to spend the time before I start editing my novel getting back to poetry. I bought and read Jo Bell‘s poetry collection Navigation yesterday (and loved it!), and I wrote a poem this morning. Good start!

During NaNoWriMo I disciplined myself to make time for writing every day, and I am determined to continue to make that time and use it well, for writing and other important things. So far, since the end of November, I’m doing fine.

Never mind New Year’s resolutions – just do it!

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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