kicking ass – #WhatImWriting

This week I have kicked ass! Well kind of. I have achieved something… I FINALLY finished the first draft of my third picture book. I know, I know, it’s a picture book, and I’m only writing the words, how long could it possibly take? Well, two months.

TWO MONTHS.

And it’s just the first draft. Admittedly it hasn’t exactly been the sole focus of my attention these past months but, given that the first draft of my FIRST book took TWO HOURS, it’s a fairly ridiculous length of time. Still it’s done. And although I say it’s a first draft, it’s taken me so much work and re-drafting to get from one end of the story to the other that it’s probably more like a fifth draft so, yay!

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Totally random pic of my son looking down at Grassmere. The post needed a photo and I was out of ideas.

In other news, I’ve just set up a private Facebook group for #WhatImWriting. It was kind of prompted by my post last week about the perils of publishing work on your blog, and also by Tanya’s post wondering about getting feedback. I’ve also been thinking for months that it would be nice to have somewhere to chat with you lovely lot during the week. After reading posts on Tuesdays I often wonder how you’re all getting on with your writing plans.

So, we now have a group where people are welcome to share work and ask for feedback: because it’s a private group it doesn’t count as ‘pre-published’ and you can go on to do what you like with it. We can also post links to relevant/useful blog posts (ours or other peoples), inspirational quotes, writing ideas… or just pictures of cats – whatever floats your boat. The group is also (mainly?) for having a chat during the week any time you fancy it. Somewhere to say “Hooray, I wrote this!” or “Argh, I can’t write that!” or just to hone those procrastination skills ;)

Of course no one is obliged to join the group (you might not even be on FB) but it is open to all linkers. I sent out invitations to everyone yesterday (you need an invitation because it’s a ‘secret group’ (I like the Enid Blyton-esque feel of that – like we might solve some mysteries together)) but I did it in a really haphazard way so I definitely could have missed a few people out. If I have, I’m sorry and if you’re reading this and want an invite just leave me a message in the comments!

I’ll admit this isn’t much to report given my claim to have ‘kicked ass’ this week but nothing else I’ve done has really been writing-related. Plus it’s late on Monday night and I want to schedule this post and go to bed. So I will.

I’m looking forward to hearing how your weeks have gone tomorrow!

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20 thoughts on “kicking ass – #WhatImWriting

  1. Iona@redpeffer

    I’m a bit slow off the mark, but I’ve joined the FB group-great idea! Im going to be in need of some feedback from my manuscript and this will be so helpful, thank you for setting it up. And, for what it’s worth, writing picture book texts is one of the hardest disciplines in writing because every word counts. Oh, and I love the random photo :)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Iona. Yes, picture book writing is v different from novels isn’t it? Glad you’ve joined the FB group and I look froward to reading some of your work. xx

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  2. Reneé @ Mummy Tries

    Errrr hello, you do have three kids to contend with – one of which being a toddler – I think this is an amazing achievement lovely. I’ve joined the FB group, but not sure how much I’ll be on it. I’ll try and join in when I can. Well done for kicking ass lovely xxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      That’s true Reneé about the kids. I think when I started the post I thought I had more to report though! Happy to have you in the FB group but there’s no pressure at all over how often to join in. It’s just there in case it’s helpful and as a nice place to chat as and when. xx

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  3. Dana

    Congrats Maddy! That is a big achievement and a reason to celebrate. It doesn’t matter how long it took as long as it’s done :)

    Thanks so much for the FB invite. I love the idea but I’m not in FB (I’m like a last hold out!) though if I was I’d definitely be part of your group. Who knows, maybe I’ll join up.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      NOT ON FACEBOOK?! *faints* But seriously, there are so may social media sites and you can’t be them all – or anything close. I’m only on twitter and FB and even that I find a bit much! If you ever do join though, you know where we are. Thanks for commenting Dana :)

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      1. Dana

        I know, it’s crazy. I only just joined Twitter :) which I find addicting, so I know I’d be a mess if I tried FB. I’m bad at self-regulating, apparently. Luckily my worst vices (currently) are coffee and procrastination by social media.

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        1. Maddy Post author

          I actually much prefer FB to twitter because it’s more private. I can be more ‘me’ there I think. Twitter is just too many people saying too many things!

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  4. Nicola Young

    I think writing picture books is really hard. I tried one and with so few words to go on, it’s tricky to get it right. Add to that, you do yours in rhyme don’t you? That is tough, but I bet it’s fun to do – I love rhyming books.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes mine do rhyme. I’ve really wondered if I’m doing the right thing there with this latest book but I LOVE reading rhyming picture books. Plus I grew up on Roald Dahl’s dirty beasts etc so love a rhyming story! They are tricky though, you’re right! xx

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  5. Sophie Lovett

    Congrats on finishing the picture book! I’ve been wanting to have a go at one for ages and actually this week an idea has popped into my mind that I think might just work… Better get the novel redraft nailed first though! I will check out the FB group too – fab idea xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Sophie. Yes, you should give it a go – although they can be a big distraction so you’re right to keep focused on your novel. xx

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  6. Emily Organ

    Well done on getting your first draft written! I think it’s easy to beat yourself up about the time these things take but I think you should ignore that and focus on your achievement. Sometimes the writing process is quick and sometimes it’s painfully slow. The main thing is to reach your goal! Thank you for setting up the secret FB group, I think it’s a great idea and will be joining in on there.

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  7. Carol Cameleon

    I love your writing style Maddy, particularly in this post! So frank and to the point! And why not include a pic of your son looking down on Grassmere?! Tis your blog, after all! Yay for the picture book. :) #whatimwriting

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  8. Aimee

    Well done Maddy! I’m so pleased for you, that’s awesome news that you’ve managed to reach that milestone!

    The facebook group is a great idea, and I’ll start posting more, sadly my week has been tied up with work, but I will try and dip in and out of the group xxx

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  9. Chrissie Metcalf (Kristina)

    Well done for finishing the secret book. It takes longer than you think, this writing thing. I think that’s quite kick-ass.
    The random picture is cool too.
    Thank you for setting up the group and running it while I’ve been off having some kind of I don’t know what about eating biscuits haha. It’s definitely making my procrastination easier! x

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