I spent the day doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Magically, I managed to continue editing the novel I occasionally hated. Why? Because it was too much “show, show” and no “telling”. The readers are clever, the writer needs to give them a chance. Fewer explanations, more scenes and dialogue seem to be the secret of a successful story.
Anyhow, I wanted to get to the point where I praise music. I was, indeed, listening to lots of music while writing. This was mainly due to my need to block out the voices from the other room. We still haven’t built a proper door or wall between the two rooms we have, which means I hear everything my husband and his clients say. When I’m trying to focus, these discussions become disturbing. Focusing is much easier when someone sings into my ear.
I started off with special productivity sounds. You know, those brainwave beats. Binaural or something. But I got fed up with them. Now, I am mainly using my favourite artists (Hurts and Muse) to tune in with my inner creativity. Let’s be honest, sometimes I find myself half-dancing behind the desk or inventing new burlesque choreographies inside my head (I want to return to burlesque someday). But all the dancing and burlesque thoughts are not distracting. The music somehow tunes into my creative mind and awakens certain powers from within. And then I write.
It has been scientifically proven that music can make people happy. Yes, if it’s the kind of music that resonates with my mindset, it’s true. It also makes me creative. Possibly, the cure for a writer’s block could be music.
1. Own and live in a house.
Didn’t much in terms of actually earning money but did discuss some future project possibilities. Anything can happen now.
2. Write AND publish a book.
All great at the writing-editing front. Continued rewriting my MA novel. This bit I’m working on now is a bit better than the very beginning but there were still many places that needed trimming. Goodbye, lengthy explanations. Hello, action and dialogue.
3. Win a major race.
Strength training in the morning, an easy 12-kilometre run in the evening. A proper training week has begun.