Officially, I don’t finish at the Day Job until Friday. Unofficially, because they owed me leave, my last working day was the Friday before last, the 18th.
The first week off work had some unexpected challenges, like the snow! Yes, I did still get out in my writing shed and write, though I needed to rug up before going out there as if I was planning a trip to Antarctica, not the other side of the garden, and my little heater in there worked overtime.
I didn’t get as many words written as I would have liked, true. But that’s okay. I played with the idea of letting myself treat the two weeks until I officially left work as a holiday, no writing apart from Morning pages required. Instead, I decided to use it as “practice time”. No word count pressures, but time to get everything ready to start seriously writing on February 2nd. Time to make sure I got the shed all prepared and ready to go. Time to do some story planning. Time to practice and prepare for the real thing.
And that’s what I did.
I got the pieced blackout and insulating blind for the shed finished. It’s not perfect, but I like it, it gives exactly the look I wanted and cost next to nothing for materials (cute Cath Kidson style cotton tea towels from the Pound Shop, gingham from a 50p charity shop shirt and stripes from another, and the cheapest polka dot polycotton I could find on ebay).
I planned the rewrite of one story I wrote years ago and totally bungled at the time, wrote the first thousand words, and submitted them to the ITV/ Mills and Boon Racy Reads contest under my racier pseudonym Sienna Lachlan. I’ll have fun finishing rewriting that story some time!
I have several new ideas for novellas, but I’ve just written a few notes for those so far.
I have started setting up a whole new health related business, to keep my hand in at nursing too, but that can’t be allowed to take up more than one day a week.
Best of all, I started a new Haven Bay story, my series set in a small coastal town south of Sydney. I love it. My characters even have GMC for once! There’s lots of built in conflict and it’s obvious right from the start. I began this on Sunday and already have 6 k first drafted, and a bit of a plan for the next couple of chapters.
So my unofficial start at being a full time writer has started off pretty well. I still have the trainer wheels on, I’m still not as productive as I want to be when I really get going. But it’s a good beginning.