Day 3 of waiting for the verdict. I've decided I'd better get it out to the other agent who showed interest and not just be waiting on the one.
Assuming no more work comes in, which it hasn't, which is scary, I'm also going to change my routines. This is partly to stop the regular morning meeting with Simba the puppy who is enormous and every morning bounds up to eat my foot which is a bit too close to my ankle for comfort. Also partly because it would be so easy for me to disappear inside a mound of research and actually not get very far for a very long time on new novel 4. I love research but it is very easy to do too much and I find myself left with a pile of notes too big and cumbersome to be of much real use. Mental note to self is to make more mental notes, there is a theory that the best ones will stick anyway. From the little bit of teaching that I've done, I've noticed that research is by far the easiest way to feel you're progressing and actually working on your novel without actually facing the page and getting on with it.
So each morning I have from 8.30 to 11.00 to do 500 words, then I go for my run. This in theory is plenty of time. When I reach the 500 I stop and rewrite, enhance, put in atmos, colour, sound etc. I then move on to writing up my research, which will feed back into the story. The only way I can get my characters up and running is to write them, it's no good planning them for me, I have to just leap in there and make them talk and grow.
I then have from 11.00 to do Other Things with that 'having written' feeling in place. Namely, right now, trying to expand the journalism side and get some more income flowing somehow. But today it will also be posting the 3 chapters to 2nd agent; buying more noodles for the ongoing stirfryfest that is my kitchen; going to the library and getting on with more boot sale bag filling. Friend E and I are aiming for either March or April, depending on her commitments, at the Chiswick Community School which has a good atmosphere and is spacious and fun.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.