Stupid Mistakes – The Write Side of Life


Frustrating day at work today that I just had to get off my chest. The level of frustration is vastly too vast for a tweet or sympathy-fishing Facebook status so I thought I’d get it off my chest on my here on my oft neglected blog site.  It’s not really something writing relating but i bet anyone writing anything for a substantial amount of time will have experienced something similar.

So, at work in my day job (that one day shall be writing novels, OH YES! MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!), I’m using Adobe Character Animator to create some cartoons. For any of you that don’t know, Character animator is a package that let’s you simply create 2D characters and animate them, simples!

Well, simples if you’re not me and completely brain-dead and you don’t do one of the most basics don’ts of using the package. I’ve spent weeks trying to figure out why my characters limbs won’t move and its because MORON here made them independent from the rest of the model. I realise this probably means diddly squat to you, dear casual reader but I’ve been using this package for about two years now. I SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!!



Arrggh its sooo annoying when I make stupid, simple, basic mistakes like this. Not only has it cost me A LOT of productive time, it’s made me doubt that I know what I’m doing and dented my already fragile self-confidence.

Now as writers, dear writerly reader, I’m sure the above emotions are familiar to you. There are, as you don’t need an amateur like me to explain, basic rules to writing. I won’t go into them as you probably know them better than I do but suffice to say unless you’re a genius like Stephen King, or some kind of mad rebel with massive balls made from a strange concoction of concrete, steel, titanium and a shovel full of don’t-give-a-fuckery, you don’t break them.

But sometimes, sometimes they come out at night, mostly (what the hell am I on about, get back on point, mush brain!), sometimes we forget these rules or don’t follow them out of being, distracted, tired, hungry, a combo of those three I like to call distiregryed. Whatever, we make mistakes that we lovingly, angrily call stupid mistakes. We then beat ourselves up over them, swear, curse, punch ourselves OR IN MY CASE WRITE SPRAWLING, RANTY BLOG POSTS.

But then we get over it. We take a breath, dust ourselves and we correct ourselves. We come back stronger like Rocky in Rocky 2, we finally beat the Apollo Creed that is our mistake (I realise this is a really laboured metaphor but my boss is listening to the Rocky soundtrack and Rocky is ace so deal with it).


Anyway I guess my point is, if there is one, this. It doesn’t matter if we make a big mistake or a small one. We can always dust ourselves off, learn from it and no doubt are work will be better for it. So, get out there make mistakes and be a bad ass!

Thanks for reading!


The Write Side of Life: Work in Progress Update – Chapter 2

Chapter two is done; handwritten and transcribed, first and second draft done!


I’ve got to say this way of working, handwriting and then transcribing seems to really suit the way I work. I’m not really someone who uses outlines. I tend to write a general set of paragraphs that describe how I want the story to start and finish, and a vague of idea of what happens in the middle.  I am very much a ‘pantser’ and I like to see where the story is going as I write it in a similar way to how someone would read it for the first time.


Therefore this method of writing allows me to slow down a touch and sort my thoughts out. I can reflect on what I’ve just written and think clearly about how the next chapter will progress and link up to the previous one.

Now, I know that you’re probably thinking at this stage, ‘Slow your roll, Kid. You’re only two chapters in‘ but I have to say, I’ve never felt this comfortable and confident going into my third chapter before so something must be working, right? right? Guys? Hellooooo……

We’ll see if this positive energy keeps up as the work continues so stay tuned. As for how chapter two went? Well, pretty good I think. There wasn’t many speed bumps which is something I was nervous about. There was a lot of exposition that needed to go into this chapter as one of the main characters is set on his mission but I think I got it all in there without any info-dumping, and ‘hopefully’ I’ve also managed to keep it compelling. Who knows? Maybe when I read it back for editing, I’ll feel differently but for now, all is good in the hood.

So, it’s onward and upwards to chapter three which I am currently in the thick of as we speak. This one may be trickier as I’m changing character focus for this chapter but we shall see. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s finished but until then…


Thanks for reading,



Did you notice a few piccies in this post? Hopefully it will make my ramblings a bit more interesting.

The Write Side of Life: Work In Progress Update – Chapter 1

So, in my last post which you can read here, I talked about how I was working on a new project. I thought that what might be cool is if I did a chapter by chapter update of my progress on this new project. It should give you an idea of my writing process and also, let you come my journey to, hopefully, becoming a fully published author with a novel on book shop shelves and everything!

I described what the new story is in the last post but if you’re thinking that’s TL;DR, then here it is again:

Star-blade (working title) tells the story of a crew of scavengers working aboard their ship, The Fury, scratching out a living by selling junk they find on wrecks of old starships. When they come across a mysterious old derelict that could finally be their big score, they unwittingly unleash an evil that spreads across the galaxy. Years, later in a bid to make amends, the crew of the Fury, undertake a mission to deliver a weapon that could destroy this evil force and end years of war. However, there are other parties that want the weapon, some for revenge, some to rule and they will stop at nothing to get it.

There you have it. I won’t be going too much into plot details in these updates other wise, you won’t ever read the finished thing and nobody likes spoilers!.

So, how have I gotten on? Pretty well actually. Another repeat from the last post is that I’m trying to write the first draft by hand. There’s a few reasons for this. The first is that I tend to write quicker this way. My typing skills aren’t amazing and I find I have to stop and think every now and again and then find my place on the keyboard again. With a pen, the work just tends to flow more. If I stop to think of a word or how a sentence or paragraph will progress, my pen stops right where it needs to be.

Secondly, I’m actually getting twice the work done. The approach that I’ve adopted is to transcribe each chapter into word, after I have finished writing it by hand and before I start writing the next chapter. When I do the transcription, I make revisions to what I’ve written by hand and  voila! My second draft is also being created. Lovely.

The other reason I’ve decided to hand write is so that I have something more tangible, than just typing onto a screen. Even if Star-blade never sees the light of publishing day, at least I will still have a physical book in one form or another. Also, in my day job, I work with computers all day so it’s nice to be producing something and not staring at a screen the whole time that I’m doing so.

Anyway, writing the first chapter seems to have gone pretty well. I actually finished transcribing it last week and I’m currently pressing on with Chapter 2. I’m really happy with how Chapter 1 looks as well. It sets up a few varied characters, and gets them into trouble straight away so you get a sense of the wringer they’ll be put through. Don’t worry, most of them will get a happy(ish) ending, possibly….

One thing I’ve noticed with this chapter is that it’s much longer than my story openings usually are. I’m not sure why that is. It could be down to the fact there are quite a few characters and I tried to give them all an equal voice. It might be that I’ve possibly over described some of the action but it’s no biggy as I intend to fix that in the next edit. For now though, it’s onward and upwards with Chapter 2. I’ll let you know how that went soon.

In the meantime, thanks for reading!