Sarah Ann Hall

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Too much to chew? #amwriting

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Before going away last weekend, I prepared a list of writing jobs to tackle on my first full day back – Wednesday. As I post, three and a bit more days have passed and none of those jobs has been completed. One has been partially addressed and I have decided not to attempt another – writing a new story for a competition with a deadline of 31st October. I might have managed it if I had written anything while away, but I wrote not a jot and read only a few pages of the book I took with me. This is good because it means I was busy doing new things and had no spare time, which is what holidays are about.

However, my inability to complete relatively simple writing tasks in the last few days has made me re-evaluate my decision to take on NaNoWriMo this year. On current form, I am not likely to be a winner. In fact, I am probably unlikely to get half the 50000-words down. I could give up now and not even start, but if I don’t try, I will never succeed. So, I will start writing on Wednesday, prepared to fail while hoping to succeed. I need to be writing something new as well as plodding on with the old, and I need deadlines to focus my energies. Hopefully my word-meter will be full by 30th November, but possibly not. 🙂



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October 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Not #FridayFictioneers – alternative haiku

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weekend holiday
forces FF desertion
back next week refreshed


Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

© Sandra Crook

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October 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

Project 10K – October Goals – #amwriting

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It’s always seems that when the decks clear and I make a writing commitment, something comes along to disrupt my plans. So it was just after I posted that I planned to edit ten thousand words of my Nanowrimo-2014 novel during September. Instead of writing, I spent time with a family member in hospital, spent two days in a car going nowhere, and then developed ‘room resentment syndrome’ after spending four long days painting with no breaks. Prior to that, I had managed to read through, and make changes to, a whopping 1900-words.

Last month I also entered three short story competitions, which involved one story being recycled from 2500-words to 1800, and writing a new 1800-words for the two other entries. However, while the month wasn’t a complete washout writing-wise, as I submitted two stories on deadline day and one the day before, I don’t expect they’ll go far.

For October, I am again committing to (1) editing 10K words of my Nanowrimo story. I have made a start already with 2500-words today. However, I start back to work soon and will have to squeeze in writing between appointments. By the end of this month, I also hope to (2) write two new stories for short story competitions and (3) participate in three of the four Friday Fictioneer prompts. I’m away one weekend so know I won’t be around for one.

I am hoping that sharing my writing goals with the world will motivate me to achieve them. How about you? Are you prepared to share, and be found wanting in a few week’s time?

Next month I might even answer Gabriele’s leading questions:

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

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October 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Project 10K – September Goals – #amwriting

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Mid-month is probably not a usual time to be goal-setting, but with little paid work materialising, I have been able to move on with my writing. I have even dug out and started to read through, and add to/ correct, the 50588-words I wrote as part of NaNoWriMo 2014. This was a project I had decided to pick up next year, but by talking about this story with others, I became motivated to look at it now. In the past week I have made it to the end of page 7, so only another 158 to go. I doubt I will have finished reading through and making changes before Christmas. However, I am setting myself the target of editing 10000-words in the next two weeks as part of Flights of Fancy’s Project 10K. You can commit to write or edit 10000-words, or set a specific goal to be met if numbers aren’t your thing. And if you succeed, you get a badge to put on your blog at the end of the month. A long long time ago, I used to collect badges, and keyrings, and bookmarks….

At the end of the month, I will answer the questions:

  1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
  2. Did you have fun writing?
  3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
  4. Anything else you want to tell us?

And then I’ll set my goals for October.

Have a look at Gabriele’s site for more.


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September 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

Not #FridayFictioneers – 30/6/17 – haiku alternative

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.


© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


urgent work demands

push aside weekend writing

flash again next week


I really like this photo, but the writing gears haven’t engaged, and a busy weekend means I won’t be able to read the other entries either, so I’m bowing out this week.

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June 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm

I’m useless

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Well, maybe that’s a bit strong, but I’m not finding it easy to juggle full-time work with writing.

There’s not much writing going on, but quite a bit of reading about writing on the train to work, and there’s been no blogging, as you’ll have noticed.

Instead of flogging myself and worrying about not keeping up, I’ve decided to not try for a while.

Hopefully I’ll return in 2016 refreshed and with a little more time.


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December 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm


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I can’t quite believe I haven’t blogged anything since February. I can’t remember what caused me to miss writing one Friday Fictioneer story, and what happened the following week, which meant I missed two.

Before Easter I was writing, reading through my WIP, making changes suggested by fellow writers who’d read chapter one, trying to develop it into more of a story than a series of scenes. I had finished by the end of March and planned to leave it a month before I went back to it to get the first 3000-words agent-ready. Six months later I still have to return to those 85000-words to perfect the first 3000.

I’m not the only one who seems to have stopped writing. The two writers I met this time last year at a ‘how to hook an agent’ event have similarly been beset by life events that have redirected the focus of their activities. We have met a few times since last September and shared our re-writing and search for agent experiences. This summer, though, seems to have over-taken all of us in different ways.

Mid-summer saw me organising a big family party, and then, when life was just about to return to normal, hubby was knocked of his motorbike. It was a slow speed impact and he was very lucky to only break his ankle, but this meant he wasn’t able to drive for nearly three months. Yours truly, with nothing scheduled work-wise, became chauffeuse for the summer, sitting in the car while hour-long meetings over-ran to three. This lack of brain-activity prompted me to start looking for a job and I will be working full-time for the next six months, commuting to and fro by train. I have planned to use this time to read, maybe I’ll even get to write a little. Perhaps my Friday Fictioneer stories will compose themselves as I walk to the station or stare out of a rain-streaked window. Whatever happens, I’m hoping a strict routine might bring me back to writing.


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September 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

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