#HappyMonday! I heard earlier on the radio that "today" is the most downer day of the year. Yep, nothing like an upbeat start to our week, eh! 😂🌧🎞🇬🇧#video #mondaymotivation #homeoffice #weather #travel #rain #January #Hertfordshire #England #photos #photography #writing #writers #authors #microsoftsurface #novels #manuscript #romance #history #expats #humor
Back on Friday morning, writing a bit in the cold of the house waiting for the heat to be restored, I was penning a “three-way” argument. Suddenly one of the characters is shouting at another. After I finished, a continuity issue hit me: I realized in the shouting I had gotten carried away and forgot that character had also just blurted out a secret not meant for the third person in the room to hear – as of then.
It was meant to be revealed LATER in the tale. Yet as I thought about it, I loved the accident that I had accidentally just written; that the secret had been let out of the bag in a fit of temper. That sort of thing can happen in our own real lives, of course.
It read as wonderfully genuine. So I jumped forward and scrubbed the later revelation of that secret (a scene which I had, frankly, never really liked). Writing mistakes sometimes can be your “friend.”
We all do things our own ways, of course. I write at length on the Microsoft Surface you see in that video. Every now and then, I upload a copy of the novel file to my personal Kindle app on iPhone. I read it on my phone or iPad and type in notations as to what must be corrected or changed. I also make brief notes of new dialogue, “brainstorms,” description, etc., I might/would like to insert into the manuscript later.
And round and round the process goes for months. That is how I smooth out the text. I’ve done that same thing with the previous three novels as well.
So when I’m sitting staring at my iPhone and/or tapping away, as I was doing at one point on the train out from London on Saturday evening after the Albert Hall, I’m not necessarily posting to Instagram, or firing off a text, or writing an email. More likely I have my Kindle app open and I’m reading the manuscript and making notes. My Kindle app is, essentially, my notebook.
Another “note.” I tried scrolling Twitter again last night. I give up. The general tone of the platform is now tiresome, ugly, and adds no value to anything I do or hope to do. In recent months I’ve found I’ve also simply become bored by it and consider it a waste of time.
Maybe my opinion will change. For now, though, I need to silence the cacophony. I’m not deleting my account, but I am taking a break from it.
A summer photo (sitting here tonight in #Hertfordshire, #England): Juan Ponce de Leon statue, St Augustine, Florida, July 2014. I remember it was HOT!😊📸🇺🇸✈🏖🌞#travel #history #staugustine #saintaugustine #florida #photo #photography #tourism #USA #summer #summer2014 #weather #sunshine #sky #sun #writers #authors #expats
I have to say I simply also prefer Instagram for now.
Have a good day, wherever you are in the world! 🙂