Saturday, 26 October 2013

Writing ups and downs...

This week has kind of been up and down, in terms of my writing. On the plus side, I'm all fired up and ready to go with my new novel idea for NaNoWriMo - I'm planning on spending the weekend fine-tuning the plot/setting/characters, so hopefully by November 1st, I'll have some clue of what I want to write about!

On the downside though, I had a very unpleasant surprise this week - I thought I'd open up my other WIP, just to see how far I'd got with it, with the vague idea that I may add to it again, if inspiration for my NaNoWriMo novel failed to strike. However, when I opened up the folder on my computer, I couldn't find my 20,000+ manuscript well as that, all my spreadsheets with my plot outlines, and several other Word docs with notes/scribbles in, had gone too...after searching around my laptop frantically, I decided to check the USB stick where I know I also saved the file (in fact, I'd transferred the file from the USB to my laptop). Unfortunately, there was nothing there either - I don't know how I did it, but somehow when I transferred the file from my USB to my laptop, these documents got lost along the way.

I'm so annoyed with myself for not checking my USB before I put everything on my laptop and it's disappointing that all that work has gone - but not all hope has been lost yet. I've asked my lovely Other Half back in England to check my old laptop just in case there's a chance they are still saved on I'm crossing all my fingers for luck! I guess if they have been lost/deleted by accident, then maybe it's the universe's way of telling me it wasn't very good - and luckily, I still have a majority of my notes on this laptop, so if worst comes to worse, I'll just have to start again ;) - slightly irritating, but hey, that's life!

In other news, I told myself last night that I'd get up early today and get a good morning's writing done...however, due to the fact that I stayed up til after 12.30am writing, that kinda didn't happen...BUT I'm up, showered (not quite wide awake yet - but that's nothing several cups of tea won't fix...) and ready to rock 'n roll!

To be honest, I don't really mind that I've lost a few hours this morning, as I'm happy with the notes I scribbled down last night, and best of all, instead of waking up and thinking 'I suck at this, what's the point of writing, no one's ever going to read it anyway', I'm still absolutely determined not to listen to that little devil on my shoulder - instead, I'm going to keep going until I have a reasonable plot/outline/setting, ready for NaNoWriMo. I may not be the best writer in the world (yet :p), but I'm still going to try!

How are all your plans going for NaNoWriMo? Are you writing up plans, or are you just going to wing it? Let me know - I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I am not taking part in NaNoWriMo, but I want to wish you all the best with it. I know you will do really great. Sorry about the missing MS. Stuff like that happens to me all the time. Best of luck!

  2. Thank you so much Murees :), I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it this year! Argh, isn't it annoying when stuff like that happens! Sometimes I think I should just go back to writing everything with a pen and paper...

  3. Hey Rachel!

    Thank you so much for visiting me. I've buddied you back and followed you here and I'm so psyched to have linked up with you!

    What a heartbreaking loss, but it sounds like you're handling it very well (much better than I would if it were me!)

    And if you're already fine-tuning then you're far ahead of me- all I've got is an idea! But that's never stopped me before, so...

    Rock on!

  4. Hey Bev!

    Thanks for buddying up with me! I'm glad I'll have someone to cheer on/cry on during November :P!

    Well, I was holding out hope that the files would be saved on my computer in the UK, but my partner has just got back to me and unfortunately they're not there either :(. I am gutted, but at the same time, I know that when/if I finally start it again, I can try and make it better than it was before :). Every cloud and all that!

    Ahh, the only reason I'm desperately making notes now is because I know that if I don't, I won't finish! How is your idea shaping up??

    Speak to you soon! And good luck :)!


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