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    Posted by Karen Vickers on 25 July 2023 at 04:49

    WOW, talk about a writers Light-bulb moment.

    I have been writing my first 2 novels now since 2010 and due to raising kids as a single mum, moving to another state, getting a job as a shift worker, buying a house etc, my poor books have been neglected.

    Although I have tried many times, over the years, to get back into them, the inspiration lasts only one or two day, without much actual writing happening.

    So, fast forward to the past few months. I have been slowly plodding away at one of the books and was doing well, but still struggling to stop re editing what I have already written and focus more on progressing the book to the end.

    Well… this morning at 6am! I had the best light-bulb moment and suddenly I had a clear path way to the ending of my book, to which, I have just written 7 pages today plus about 6 pages yesterday. (Not bad considering its only 1.45pm here)

    Fingers crossed, this writing streak will continue and I have 4 weeks of holidays due in a weeks time and I hope to dedicate it to getting this novel finished.

    Mark Hallworth replied 2 weeks, 3 days ago 9 Members · 16 Replies
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  • bridget king

    25 July 2023 at 08:37

    Hey Karen, great news! Maybe you were just exhausted by the other demands on you, and the inspiration was there all along, just waiting until you had the time and energy to let it out. I wish you all the very best with completing your novel.

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:49

      No exhausted so to say, probably more distracted by life.. plus out of sight out of mind haha. My laptop is in full view now. Not putting it away yet.

  • Katie Day

    25 July 2023 at 09:32

    That’s great news Karen! Remember to be kind to yourself. It’s easy to put ourselves under a lot of pressure but as you proved, it will all come with time.

    Best of luck with your book!

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:48

      Thank you. We are definitely our own worse critics.

  • Katrin Feldhus-O’Connell

    25 July 2023 at 13:42

    Sounds great Karen and very inspirational. My writer’s life is very similar. Ten years writing a book with one hand, baby or toddler in the other.

    What works for me is to go with the flow and worry about editing after (once the story is complete). Getting the story down first is important – there are plenty of re-writes and edits that take care of many things.

    Right now struggling with book two, so don’t mind if I use some of the nice vibes you posted ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy writing! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:45

      Thank you for your comments. The main issues with my editing, is because I have such large breaks between books, I need to read it again to see where my characters are up to, find it’s missing something or written poorly and get a brain wave to fix it up. I’ll get there eventually.

  • Cecile Riphagen

    25 July 2023 at 14:55

    How wonderful, congratulations and enjoy! It also means there’s hope for me ๐Ÿคฉ.

    Happy writing, C

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:47

      Thank you. There is always hope for all of us. Good luck to you too.

  • Angela Cort

    25 July 2023 at 15:19

    Lovely to hear Karen.

    First words I wrote as an adult was in 1999 after falling down the stairs and busting my knee. I was stuck in the garden for 6 weeks at the height of summer, with only 3 non-fiction books to read that I had borrowed from the library… But I had three children, a husband, elderly parents, and work etc. For what it’s worth, the best advice I have taken in all of this is write your synopsis first. Then find out how many words your genre will accept, and divide you beats into the number of words you are allowed and there are your chapters. (I just wrote and wrote and ended up with 150,000 words ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). Do your character assessment sheets too, and do NOT edit until you have finished your MS! It will be rubbish, and you will be disheartened, but that’s what first drafts are for. Then craft…

    Good luck Karen

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:53

      I think because of the style of my novel, each character is written in different chapters, and the longer the breaks between writing, I forget where they are each up to, so in order to keep writing I have to see where they all are, then I see errors or ways to write, what I have already written, a bit better, then before I know it, I’ve written more pages but not from where I ended hahaha. Not this time!!

    • Bob Hopkins

      5 August 2023 at 15:01

      I have just forced myself to create a 270 word rough synopsis of my first 70,000 word draft, based around Setup, Inciting Incident, Plot Point 1, Middle Plot Point, Plot Point 2, Climax and Resolution. Feel much calmer now, and ready to undertake a scene-by-scene rewrite/edit. Recommend the synopsis โ˜บ๏ธ.

  • Karen Vincent-jones

    25 July 2023 at 15:25

    I wish you all the best, Karen

    From another Karen – we Karens must stick together!

    • Karen Vickers

      26 July 2023 at 04:55

      Thank you. We are a special breed I must say,

      Although, not to be a stickler, but my name is actually pronounced Car-rin and yes I am aver all the ‘Karen’ memes and jokes hahaha

  • Mark Hallworth

    26 January 2024 at 16:16

    Well done, Karen. Writing is hard at the best of times, but if you’re patient and you stick with it, inspiration always comes when you least expect it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen Vickers

      5 February 2024 at 11:15

      Thank you. Not only did I finish it, but I gave it to my sister to read/edit. Once I got it back, I made a few changes, added a few more chapters, and now it has been finished once more. Time to find an editor, and make this book dream, a reality!

      • Mark Hallworth

        10 February 2024 at 11:34

        You’re welcome, Karen! ๐Ÿ˜€