But what I did do this week was get my butt out of the chair and my eyes away from the screen. Jason and I explored the yet-to-be finished mangroves. We had to find our footing down a slope of dirt and rocks to get to an unfinished bridge that, when finished, will wrap around the trees growing in the ocean. I didn’t have my camera with me, but it’s definitely a sight to see (the tree roots look like a separate tree growing upside down).
I also hopped on the back of the motorbike and we took a ride to the abandoned old lighthouse at the top of the island. That was another trek through mud, but well worth it.
Oh! I’ve been thinking a lot about my novel lately and how I’d really like to get more serious about writing it, but everytime I sit down to do so I get frustrated because I don’t know where to start. I have so many notes, random chapters, and ideas that it’s all very confusing, and besides, I’ve never written a novel before.
My fiction writing muscles haven’t been used in a long time and I know the only way to get them in shape is to practice. Go to the “fiction writing gym” every day.
I found this book, The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within by Alan Watt and I think it might help give me some structure, help me to sort out this novel-writing stuff. It’s divided into weeks and there are daily practices to help writers get their novel out of the head and onto the page.
I’m going to start on Monday and see where it takes me. Would you like to join me at the fiction writing gym and complete a novel too? We can have weekly check-ins and keep ourselves accountable. Let me know if you get the book and want to do this!
And now, here’s a handful of delicious links to keep you busy for a bit :)
Junot Diaz talks about what made him become a writer.
You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.
A beautiful bath ritual for rejuvenation.
The internet’s love affair with introverts.
5 sparkly DIY projects to try.
Successful people start before they feel ready. A little inspiration from Richard Branson, creator of the Virgin empire.