A Year of Writing: Day 11-20

Day 11 of #ayearofwriting and I am into double figures +1 and with it comes the distortion of the foster parent in The Song of the Metal Grasshopper. For this foster parent takes children as slaves, a means of currency and that currency is cheap. There is menace here, one that reflects the danger that runs through…

A Year of Writing: Days 1-10

So, I’ve done #100daysofwriting and have committed insanity by stating that I will do it for a year. To prove to all here as I am doing on my page on Facebook, please like me there too, it stops me from thinking I’m pissing in the wind, I am posting my day to day thoughts…

A Year of Writing

After #100daysofwriting and assessing my achievement it would have been so easy to say I’ve ticked that off, let’s do something else but there is something deeply satisfying to me about lists and ticking things off. The idea of days counting up or down really fired me up and also gave me a target. I have…

A Year of Writing: Days 1-3

Day whatever of #writing and after#100daysofwriting I am working on the dialect in my Bodmin Moor story. The dykes around Taw Marsh have broken and sickness is getting closer to the farm. Yes, it’s like a dramatic moment in The Archers. I am always concerned about racism in #writing, whether it is sensationalist or just there to provoke but…

100 Days of Writing: What Have I Achieved?

It’s day 100+ of #writing and what has this little experiment done for my practice? In a simple word: freedom. No, I am not channeling the wonderful and late, George Michael, though we may close with his iconic song. I mean freedom is the sense that I have put aside certain things: Fear of failure….

100 Days of Writing: Days 97-100

The end is near, and now the experiment is over, I can continue under the hashtag #writing Day 97 of #100daysofwriting and my spelling has gone down the pan as I tread a fine line between being understood and my character being Cornish. Carol chuckles at the idea of the old man hoping his douter is in…

100 Days of Writing: Days 93-96

With only four days to go out #100daysofwriting I want to carry on, I haven’t decided on the hashtag yet but need to come up with another one on day 101. You can find my final decision on my Facebook Page. Until then, enjoy all my ramblings up to day 96. Day 93 of #100daysofwriting and it’s…

100 Days of Writing: Days 88-92

These posts collect together posts from social media, you can find the page I have been using most to collect ideas and books I am reading here or find me on twitter @bongosherbert Day 88 of #100daysofwriting and after some feedback from my reader. I am back with Mausu story sorting the timelines and scratching my head with…

100 Days of Writing: Days 83-87

Day 83 of #100daysofwriting and I am back in Bodmin Moor and from notes I am into the first draft. I do about 1200 words before I call it quits, even typing this is hard as my voice in this story has a voice that ranges from slang through the pock marked face of bad grammar. I…

100 Days of Writing: Days 78-82

Day 78 of #100daysofwriting and I am writing in the local band club as a party rages on next door. The positive nature of technology is that someone typing into their phone doesn’t attract as much attention as a notebook does. No stupid questions of, ‘What you doing and why?’ Writers seems to attract people who want…

100 Days of Writing: Days 73-77

Day 73 of #100daysofwriting and I am looking at cholera, specifically the fascinating account John Show gave of the Broad Street outbreak which claimed 500 fatalities, within 250 yards of the water pump that was killing them. I wonder in the age of climate change, flash floods and desertification of areas of the UK whether this will…

100 Days of Writing: Days 68-72

Day 68 of #100daysofwriting and a complete draft of the Mausu story has been done. A new character turns up in Mausu’s childhood, an antagonist by the name of Buta. He was fun to write because he shows Mausu’s character flaws up. I am always wary of characters that are fun, because they normally get the chop…