Renewed Vigour

This week, I fell in love again. Here’s what happened:

I booked a week off work with the intention to go on holiday, but it turns out I couldn’t afford it. So instead, I used the free time to plough on with my story, which was excellent, because I needed a good rocket boost. Lately, my progress has been dwindling, and I dare say that I’ve been losing passion for the project, which I suppose is bound to happen with something so large and time-consuming; but this week, I seem to have overcome those mental barriers and worked on my book with renewed vigour. Quite frankly, I’ve fallen in love with it again.

I’ve been at it since November, so there was bound to be peaks and troughs in my progress. However, I am proud that I have continued to move forward, regardless of what’s been going on in my life. I’ve stayed true to my goal and the finish line will inevitably arrive, though I’m not too concerned as to when. After all, there’s no deadline; the book will be finished in its own time. Hopefully, the first draft will be ready in a few months, but hey, who knows for certain.

So what now? What happens when I return to my job tomorrow? Will my progress be impeded once more? After all, a job is time-consuming and thought-pervading. Isn’t it bound to hinder my progress?

Yes, quite possibly. Though I sense that my passion burns deep. It is the sort of feverish enthusiasm that “calls” me to the keyboard, like an itch that needs to be satisfied. It is similar to what I felt in the early days, when things were more fresh and exciting. When you are possessed with a desire like that, you find the time to write, whenever possible.

What happens to your ideas?

I’ve never had a problem coming up with ideas. But what to do with them while I’m already working on a project?

Why, jot them down of course! That’s all you can do. Any little insight, observation or idea, no matter how silly. Because later on, when you’re ready to start something new, one of those ideas could come in handy.

Sometimes, it can be quite frustrating to receive a fresh and exciting new idea when you’re in the middle of writing something else. I know that some authors write/develop multiple books at once, but I prefer to do one project at a time for ultimate immersion in the protagonist’s world.

To be honest, I shouldn’t really complain about getting too many ideas, because it’s better than having too few! And all of these ideas are kept in the pipeline for potential future projects, so I’ll never be short of something to write.

The fate of these ideas remains to be seen. Some will inevitably amount to nothing, others will be worthy of development, or may evolve into entirely different beasts altogether. What I do know is that the process of developing an idea, from a little seed into a fully fledged book, is an absolute joy and definitely worthwhile.

The Sunshine Award

Hello there! Recently, my blog was nominated for The Sunshine Award! This honour was bestowed upon me by the lovely Rachel ( from Australia, who writes a very insightful blog about her writing journey. I implore you all to check it out!

Okay, so if you are a nominee, then here are the rules:
1) You answer the ten questions below
2) You nominate ten further people to accept the award

My 10 Nominations:

What inspired you to start blogging?
I essentially wanted to share my writing journey with people. As writers, we all have advice and insights that could be valuable or interesting to others, so I suppose I wanted to do that.

How did you come up with the name to your blog?
It’s quite straightforward really. My name is Nick Peterson and I have a blog, hence ^.^

What is your favourite blog that you like to read?
At the moment, I don’t actually read that many blogs. In fact, misswho’s blog is one of the only ones I look at! Maybe now that I’ve nominated some more people for this award, I will become more acquainted with different bloggers.

Tell about your dream job.
I would absolutely adore to be a full-time writer, making enough money to live off. Also, I like filmmaking so I wouldn’t mind doing that fulltime either.

Is your glass half full or half empty?
Definitely half full. I’m a silver lining kind of guy, who thinks that things are better when you shine light on them.

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?
There’s sooo many places that I want to see, so it’s really hard to pinpoint just one! But for the sake of the exercise, I wouldn’t mind going to Prague. It seems like such a romantic, cultural place… I think it would be awesome!

What food can you absolutely not eat?
I can eat most things really, but there are a few exceptions. Liquidy/saucy cheese makes me gag, yet solid cheese or pizza cheese is great. Then there’s spicy stuff, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy things. And finally there’s things like tomatoes, melons and cucumbers (water-sodden fruit and veg) that are a big no-no.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

I like both! However, if I was forced at gunpoint to choose one, then I would pick milk chocolate, because that is the one I prefer!

How much time do you spend blogging?
It usually takes me half an hour to write a blog, and I usually do one per week. I could probably do more really, but I lose track of the days and a week has passed before I’ve realised!

Do you watch tv – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

Firstly, I’m not actually in possession of a television because I don’t want to get drawn into watching hours of shite each day; instead, I much prefer to actively select my favourite shows by watching them online or through purchasing box sets.
My uber favourite is Coronation Street, which is just hilarious for its observations of mundane Northern England! Then there’s the big American TV shows (Game of Thrones, Lost, Prison Break, The Walking Dead), which have such high production values and enticing narratives – each episode is like a mini Hollywood film!

Okay, so that’s The Sunshine Award for you. Not bad eh 😛