Novel

Novel writing, sports editing

We are down to the final third of the year. Time really does fly by. It has been an interesting year thus far. Highs and lows, weeks of no writing or reading for pleasure, and plenty of time writing the day away. Things are looking really good at the moment and these final four months of 2017 have a massive potential to shape my writing journey.

 

There is a real sense of excitement right now. I am making really solid progress on my YA novel. I have made a promise to complete the first draft of my novel by the end of the year. I am on track to doing this. Life is only getting busier but I need to get the words on the page.

 

The Footy Almanac is heating up with the finals kicking off this weekend. It has been a bloody good season of writing so far. The finals will only draw out the best of the writers and myself.

 

I have just notched up three years as writing group facilitator at the Wordsmiths of Melton. It has been a very satisfying time thus far with writers getting published, winning awards and competitions. We have all set ourselves challenges and I can’t wait to see the amazing rewards of our hard work at the end of the year.

 

I have just finished reading Demet Divaroren‘s first novel Living on Hope Street. It is a ripper; it packs one hell of a punch. I have always admired her work and I am so happy for her. Congraulations Demet!

 

Time for me to get back to my novel. By the end of the year, I will have the first draft done. It feels like a big moment; and it will be. But I have to focus on the writing and the story for now.

 

Keep writing and creating,

Matthew.

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Mid year happenings: Japan, Footy Almanac and novel writing

It is virtually the middle of the year and things are looking great. I have been flat out between work, writing, travel, moving house and trying to find time to socialise. Thankfully those busy, stressful days are behind me and I am now settled into my new place and well rested after my holiday.

Travelling around Japan for two weeks was a surreal experience. Everything people say about Japan is true: the food is incredible, the people are beyond friendly and the nature is beautiful. There is nothing quite like immersing yourself in another country and embracing the local customs. I ate eel at the fish markets in Ginza, wrestled with sumo’s, and drank craft beer in Shinjuko.

 

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Enjoying the night life and craft beers in Shinjuko. Photo by Michito Goto.

The Footy Almanac is going great guns. I am enjoying my role as web editor and working with so many talented writers and editors. I also wrote a memoir piece a couple of months ago that I am really happy with. Please give it a read below:

http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/almanac-memoir-cold-mornings-clearing-torps-and-the-limitations-of-lankiness/

I have rediscovered the fire for my YA novel after a few months of absence. There is something powerful about getting that surge of energy again for a project that means so much to you. The goal is to finish the first draft of the novel at the end of the year.

As always, another project idea has popped into my head and we’ll see where that goes.

The second half of 2017 promises to be an exciting stage for my writing journey. Here’s hoping there is more good news to come.

 

 

 

 

April Happenings

April is here already. The year is flying by. Time to write is becoming harder to find. But I still make time here and there. Between work, writing, planning for travel and moving house, life has been hectic to say the least. However, I am staying on top of things and keeping sane however I can.

I am busy editing at The Footy Almanac. I have been involved with the Almanac for a few years, so to now be an editor for them feels great. I am currently working on a piece for the site about my footy journey and I look forward to you reading it.

I am really enjoying my time at the Wordsmiths of Melton. The writers are continuing to put some cracking pieces together. More publications will be on the way for them, I am sure of it.

I have also been looking for a new house for the past month and a half. Today, I got the keys today and the moving process will begin tomorrow. Change is always nice and I feel that it will refresh my creative energy.

In other news, I am heading to Japan in two weeks. I can’t wait to recharge the batteries and find inspiration. I hope to get some solid writing in as I always do when I travel.

This has been a busy time but it will be worth it. The holiday is much needed and will ensure I can deliver strongly for the rest of 2017.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Wrap

Just like that, another November has come and gone. This was my second NaNoWriMo attempt and while I didn’t hit the same target as my first attempt, I still got a lot of writing done.

I ended up writing 12,062 words with an average daily count of 402 words per day. It was fun to watch the word count rise and less fun when it was stagnant. In the end, writing a page and a quarters worth every day was productive and exciting. It was real progress and it made me feel like more of a writer.

There were clear moments of some great writing happening and conversely, moments where I was writing anything to have the pen moving and the page filling up. Most importantly, I wrote. I wrote every day. No matter how busy my day was, no matter what other commitments were lingering or what mood I was in. Finding that routine again and sticking to it has helped me immensely. It meant greater focus and direction for my novel, new short stories and a slew of poems.

The middle of the month proved to be the time that hurt. I didn’t write as much as I should have. It put me a little behind and I doubted myself. But I pushed on. I refocused and got myself on track and the final week saw some big numbers. And quality words too. Not just hitting a daily word count or filling pages for fun.

The novel has come forward and is taking shape. The short stories are in a decent shape ready to mould into a complete being. The poetry has potential to be decent. With some mish mashing, there may be a few goodies in the mix.

Social media engagement played a factor in my writing too. Twitter has it’s up and downs, but seeing other writers daily word counts was a real drive to keep going. Getting words of encouragement from strangers helped push me along. Words from friends really lifted me when the words weren’t coming or I simply didn’t feel like writing.

The website posts also made a difference. I received great support, feedback from my posts and gained followers. It was a pleasure to share my NaNoWriMo journey with everyone.

I honestly recommend every writer have a crack at NaNoWriMo at least once. Whether you are someone who writes 1667 words a day all the time or someone who writes 50 words here and there, it is an exciting task to take on. One you will definitely learn form.

I am looking forward to getting some more writing done over the holiday period. I have some solid editing to do, whipping the novel into shape and getting those short stories ready to at least show my trusted readers.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my NaNoWriMo updates. It has been a refreshing experience and I am glad I got to share it.

 

Big year ahead!

Hello for the first time in 2016! I have been writing, editing, workshopping and all sorts of other creative goodness. The last couple of weeks have been full on with deadlines and applications. Fingers crossed!

My novel progress is going well and I have been working on a short story or two along the way. I have also had a  good conversation or two with writer friends which always keeps the energy flowing.

Here’s to a busy year of writing!