Another New Year – Insecure Writer’s Support Group, January

Another new year, and another new year’s resolution. This one is brought to you by Alex J. Cavanaugh over at Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

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My resolutions always seems to be a variation on me making more time to do things. Lots of thing because my ambition will not accept that time is a finite resource.

Or that it comes down to the fact that I treat time like it’s my bitch, and if I don’t respect it then why should it respect me?

I often indulge in the fantasy that if I could book a week off work I could put my head down and finish this season’s big project (this time round it’s revisions to the novel I wrote as part of a six month course last year).

When I do have a whole week off though (Yay!!) 7 days, 168 hours, I know I have time to sort out the kitchen cupboard, meet my mum for tea and finally finish series 1 of Outlander.

And I know I’m procrastinating, but it’s OK because it’s only been two days and I still have 120 hours left.

Today, I was planning this week off work and wondered what would happen if I didn’t have those 7 days in one go?

I probably wont revise a whole novel, but I do think that I’ll get loads more done because I wont have the temptation to procrastinate so much and I’ll be under more pressure. Especially now I’ve mentioned it here.

8th, 15th, 23rd and 28th or 29th of January

3rd Feb, 10th or 11th of Feb and 17th February.

They are noted in my calendar in black biro. 7 days, with lost of days in between for blog posts, social media and smaller projects.  Only 43 hours though because I am corralling my ambition and only working six hour days.

Can’t wait to get started.

What are your tips for managing time, and how do you balance the big projects with everything else?

Seriously, help me out here.





Insecure Writer’s Support Group – May

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeAs my blog once again suffers from a lack of updates I welcome you to this month’s round of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group hosted by Alex j. Cavanaugh.  For more supportive awesomeness go here.

This month I’ve turned my thoughts back to author branding.  This blog (like you needed another clue ) is very much being done on the cheap as I faff about with mind maps, coloured pens and taglines trying to work out exactly who I am.

Yep, mid thirties and no idea who I am, although I do have a pretty good idea who I want to be.  My expectations of my yet-to-be-created-self though are possibly above my reach.

 The truth is that I’m kind of worried that my characters have more personality than I do.

There’s a really cool scene in Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods and Monsters, where two of her characters make up taglines for the other characters.   So for kicks, I did it for some of mine (old and new).  The two protagonists of my Six Month Novel project (along with experimental doodling) are below.

 Ex-nun on the run is determined to revenge her sister’s death, if she can prevent herself falling for the man she holds responsible.  Vila

Discontented seeker sets out to save the world, and realises that sometime people find that sort of thing irritating.  In the end he settles for saving himself.

Still a bit of a Frankenstein’s Monster look to this one.


Then I tried it for me…

Writer struggles to discover herself, gives up and goes to make a cup of tea.

Five hundred words down, then the heroine is distracted by need to do the Saturday night shop.


Has anyone else struggled with their author brand? Both it’s concept and implementation? I’d really love to know.

I do love Kristen Lamb’s Rise of the Machines e-book. I’ll read that again, but if anyone else has any resources they love let me know too.