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The Big Idea – charting a novel journey

Today is the day, the day the plan for writing a novel and creating a blog takes shape. Let’s hope I can stick to it!

Putting pen to paper:

Writing is something that I have been interested in for a long time. Over the previous two decades, I have often thought I would like to be a writer. There have, however, been two main problems: self-delusion and lack of effort. I have gone through periods of writing that have never lasted. Things have gotten in the way. This is, not strictly speaking true. Many are the times I have used an excuse not to even put pen to paper or finger to keyboard. I think, over the years, the best one is either ‘I have loads of time in the future’ or ‘I cannot do this.’ So, being of a rational mind I have decided to let the internet keep me on the straight and narrow. I plan to provide weekly updates on how the novel is progressing and post a piece of writing that is 500+ words. 

Many are the times I have used an excuse not to even put pen to paper or finger to keyboard.


Now I know that having a schedule is probably a good thing so I will commit to posting my updates every Sunday at 10.00pm (GMT). The 500+ piece of writing will also go live at the same time. Though it will be in a separate post. I realise for the three people that every see that (and that is a 300 % increase in those I expect to ever read this) this will keep me honest and hopefully writing.

If only my desk looked like this!

The Target:

To have a completed manuscript completed by this time next year – so shall we say 19th August 2021? I think we shall. This is not necessarily for publication, but more for going through a creative process. I would like to thank in advance the countless people who will support me in the future (by countless I mean the poor sod who reads this because they put in the wrong blogger name into Google. Sorry, let’s call you Dave.)

Really that is it for now. I think short and sweet. Oh, and as a bonus, I am going to upload the first piece of writing that I actually thought was decent. It was nothing I have shown anyone before. Hopefully, the internet will do what it is best at. being supportive and giving succinct constructive criticism. 

For now,
Cheers,
Magpie Stories

By magpiestories

An English teacher by trade, an author at heart, it only took a global pandemic for me to start writing my first novel. Along the way, I found a love for creating shorter fiction which I share on this site along with some updates and (hopefully) useful writing tips.

I hope you have a... pleasant time reading.

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