I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

This week I’ve continued my review/edit of my novel manuscript. At the moment I’m mainly doing a read through and getting a handle on the structural issues and how to fix them. I’ve made some progress on that but there’s still a long way to go.

Also this week I found in my files a short story that I’d forgotten about. I started writing it late last year, thought it wasn’t working, and so (I thought) I did a bit of tinkering with it. But when I opened up the word document and read through it I realised I’d actually written an almost completely new story. (Unless the geniuses went and wrote it when I wasn’t watching, which is possible.) A more likely explanation is that I switched my focus to the monster story and just forgot all about this one.

Moral of this story: always check your in progress files for forgotten gems.

What’s inspiring me this week?

Yesterday I took myself off to a ‘Shut up and  write’ session held in a meeting room at a local writer-friendly cafe, The Letter Lounge. It was the first time I’d attended and I wasn’t sure if the format would work for me. They use the ‘pomodoro’ method: a 25  minute writing sprint followed by a short break. I was surprised at how much I got done, and at how easy it was to work alongside others sharing the same space. Perhaps the combined energy of 18 or so writers all concentrating at the same time, along with the time constraint, works to sharpen focus. I found it a valuable experience and plan to go back next month.

If others have tried this method in a group situation, I’m keen to hear how it worked for you.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

I think I’m a serial non-avoider. Even when I’m struggling with something difficult, writing is my happy place. Maybe it’s the non-writing world I’m avoiding?