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New Releases

Published 20/09/2012 by julierkendrick

I have heard from my publishers today that two new books containing stories I have written are to be released in October.

They are:- The Egg which is in Spring Fever

and Brotherly Love which is in Sleep Walkin’ & Pick Lockin’

I’ll keep you update and post links where you can buy them.

Very excited.

Julie ūüôā

Procrastination

Published 11/09/2012 by julierkendrick

So, I promised you a blog about procrastination and as you can see, this is it. What you won’t know however is how long it took to write due to all the stops and starts I made. Cups of coffee, dog walks, kids wants, tv catch-up, girly lunches all demand pieces of me and my time, and, I have to say they are all important. What they do however is take me away from my writing.

Facebook, Twitter, emails are all things that I absolutely have to look at before I start my writing for the day. But why? Are my friends going to say anything so important that it cannot wait for a few hours? I highly doubt it. But still I feel compelled to check every half an hour or so.

Social networking is a valuable tool for those who are trying to promote themselves and their work but they can be just as destructive in those writers (like me) whose minds are prone to wander.

So what is the solution? Is there a solution? Some would say that as long as you are writing you are honing your craft, whether that be drafting pages of your latest masterpiece or penning a quick reply to a comment on Twitter, and to some degree I would concur. But is this all just an excuse to stop you from the real task of finishing your work? I think so. Maybe for me it is a little bit of insecurity and because of that I tend to put my writing last. I must get the housework and shopping etc done first because they are more important than my scribbling. This is a mindset I have yet to break, but believe me I am determined to do it.  It would be pretty hypocritical of me to post this blog without confessing my own guilt around the subject. One of the things I would do well to remember, says my ever supportive husband, is that I have had many stories published in anthologies so my writing can hardly be called scribbling. Fair point Mr Kendrick.

Wikipedia cites the definition of procrastinaton as;

In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. In accordance with Freud, the Pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; humans do not prefer negative emotions, and handing off a stressful task until a further date is enjoyable. The concept that humans work best under pressure provides additional enjoyment and motivation to postponing a task. Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision. Other psychologists indicate that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive.

Interesting huh? Note that the very first line says replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority.  So there is the nub. How important is your work to you? More important than Facebook, Twitter and emails?

The definition above also mentions the stress of the higher priority task, which we have now decided is our writing. Many people, to whom I have mentioned that I am a writer have exclaimed that I have it easy, and in some respects I do. But that does not mean that writing isn’t stressful. Deadlines,¬†plot lines, characters, and themes all make for an anxious time for a writer. But hey, don’t get me wrong I love what I do but to say it is not stressful is¬†erroneous.

So reading back my post I think I will find it hard to justify my procrastination now. I have the solution. Check Facebook, Twitter etc before you start work and then shut down your internet (unless you need it for your work of course) and do not check it until you have reached your writing goal for that day.

Simple huh?

Now why didn’t I think of that. ūüėČ

Julie ūüėÄ

The Best Place To Write

Published 06/09/2012 by julierkendrick

Now you are following my blog you must be expecting great things and pearls of wisdom from me. After all I did promise to deliver these things. So after much thought I decided that before we start writing we need to think about where to write. After all it is important to be comfortable and inspired when creating your masterpiece.

If you are lucky you will have you own personal office space.

How nice. But the truth of the matter is that a lot of people start here.

Or even here.

And I bet we all dream of being able to write somewhere like this.

Anyway enough of the pictures, the real answer is that all of them are perfectly good places to write.  It is lovely to have your own office with all your pens and books stacked neatly on your desk. You can have some music playing in the background and if you are anything like me, I have to surround myself with beautiful smells, so candles and incense are a must.

But I am also perfectly happy writing in my bed. If my husband brings me a nice cup of coffee and my computer I can be quite content tapping away in my pjs. It means that any great ideas I have had in the night or dreamt about can be quickly put on paper (or screen), plus I don’t feel so guilty because if I get up I will invariably see a million jobs that need doing and I tend to put my writing last. But that is another post (procrastination).

You may think that it would be impossible to write anything coherent in a place like a coffee shop or mall, but I know many authors who love the hustle and bustle of ‘real life’ and it is that which focuses their minds (personally my mind would wander off to the nearest shop, but that’s the procrastination post again).

Somewhere public is also a fantastic way of building up a stock of characters to use for future writing projects. People watching is a great past-time even when you are not a writer but look at the wealth of material you can use. Peoples appearance, their gait, their voices and mannerisms can all be used in your writing.  If you are in a coffee shop you can discreetly listen into conversations and write down any nuggets you hear.  People are very funny and I have used sayings and quotes that I have heard to great effect in my stories.

So, I think what I am saying is that it doesn’t matter where you write, just write. Make sure you have a note-book with you at all times because you never know when the perfect person or idea will come into your life and you have to write it down.

Right, I suppose I’d better change out of my pjs now. ¬†See you soon.

Julie ūüôā