Annette V. Hart's Blog: The ramblings of Annette Hart - Posts Tagged "writing"

I am determined to write this afternoon and trudge through my current stumbling patch. I know what I'm writing might not be brilliant but I keep reminding myself that as long as I get down the bare bones of my storyline I can flesh it out, rewrite and rework at a later date. I often find if I force myself to work consistently (sometimes with gritted teeth) then a more flowing and bountiful period of writing will follow.
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Published on June 29, 2011 05:15 • 68 views • Tags: writer-s-block, writing
I've been methodically cataloguing all the names (characters and places) I've used in my stories so far. It's not that I don't want to repeat any names - I'd just rather not do so for my main characters and certainly not for places. But I feel that I have to keep tabs in an organised way (not like me at all!) as I have had a good go at making up the place names and I give my characters names with an Anglo-Saxon background, (or what might be relevant for their country).

I love my baby names book (The Classic 1000 Baby Names) and The Anglo-Saxons with an atlas comes in handy too!
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Published on July 07, 2011 06:37 • 58 views • Tags: anglo-saxon, characters, names, writing
Once upon a time, many years ago, when I was at uni studying Medieval English Literature, we read and discussed an old legend and I thought it would be a good idea to write it for a modern audience. I never got around to it... and now someone else has done. I am ordering the book ostensibly for my son but in reality for me! The book is Hereward by James Wilde and tells the legend of the rebel and outlaw who fought the Normans and predates Robin Hood.
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Published on July 08, 2011 04:58 • 104 views • Tags: hereward, medieval, normans, robin-hood, writing
I'm about to go on our annual family holiday (excepting the week, of course, a fortnight later when we visit family in Devon) and am looking forward to one whole week without a computer. I may not be blogging, drafting on Word, or trying to rouse interest in my book online but I will have both a pad and a sketch book to keep me doodling on the beach. I will also, of course, be taking plenty to read myself and I'm not ashamed to admit it's a plenty of historical (distant and recent) romance.
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Published on July 28, 2011 13:18 • 66 views • Tags: holidays, writing
I always find I can write on holiday. I don't know if it's a relaxing of the mind and spirit but it certainly works for me. And usually there's a place, scene or event which captures my descriptive imagination for future use... Of course, it also helps that my husband is willing to take the children off to the swimming pool for an hour of quietude.

But maybe my willingness to write was down to the fact that our 'chalet' resembled a rather tired and delapidated, pre-fab, school hut!
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Published on August 07, 2011 16:02 • 45 views • Tags: holidays, ideas, inspiration, writing
My first week a way for the summer (The Isle of Wight) I found I wrote a lot in spare moments when my attention was not demanded elsewhere. It seemed to free me up when my writing had been sticking and I was pleased with the progress I had made. I have just finished my second week away in a more beautiful location and a much better cottage (the middle of a rolling green nowhere in glorious Devon) yet I have not written a word.

I must admit that I read a lot (re-reading one of my favourite Harry Potters, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and I sketched a bit but once again my writing stalled, even with the incentive of agreement to publish my third book. I can only think the important difference was that this was a holiday spent very much with family in mind, visiting relatives our main purpose.

Now I just need to find my way back to writing amongst the turmoil of my children's return to school...
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Published on August 28, 2011 15:29 • 40 views • Tags: holidays, inspiration, writing
Friday night I couldn't lift myself let alone pen to paper! I went for a beautiful walk with my mother and sister but I should have read the small print... that bit about the 'short cut' involving a narrow and tortuous path! My muscles paid for all the twists and turns and ups and downs later.
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Published on October 03, 2011 04:17 • 69 views • Tags: walking, writing
With publication of one book imminent, Iwant to get writing again but I'm not sure which direction to take - and so I'm dithering and doing nothing! If The Keystone takes off I need to reread/rewrite the sequel I've already written. While I could leave my Athlandia series at #3, Love and Restitution, I have written a possible #4 and half written a #5. I also have 2 completely different adult stories running around my head; should I concentrate on these, hoping for success?
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Published on April 07, 2012 05:27 • 66 views • Tags: direction, inspiration, prevarication, writer-s-block, writing
There is just so much going on with my children at the moment that I don't know what I'm doing from day-to-day. There's certainly no time for writing; I fall asleep in the evening on the sofa!
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Published on July 13, 2012 15:26 • 45 views • Tags: tiredness, writing
Hooray! The holidays have started and the sun has come out. With eager anticipation we are looking forward to the Olympic Games on our doorstep. The children are able to enjoy the garden at long last but, hang on, I still can't get anywhere near the computer to write!
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Published on July 24, 2012 04:26 • 46 views • Tags: holidays, olympics, writing

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