This month, aside from two awesome weekend trips up to the Hunter Valley, I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo prep! I’m not sure I could ever be described as ‘ready’ to jump straight into a first draft for a new book, however I am really excited to be starting a new novel. More details about this book down below, but first here are the updates on my current works:
Spring has arrived with unusually warm weather (and possibly no rain all month in Sydney?), which is unusual for this time of year. But I’m not complaining – I love warm weather, and with the days getting longer and daylight savings beginning tomorrow (yay!) I’m finally getting back into the swing of writing.
My writing mojo has also improved largely due to the fact that this month I converted my spare bedroom into an office! Not only did I buy an awesome new desk from Temple & Webster, but I also got a proper computer chair too. This might not sound that exciting, but one thing that was making my working-from-home days so much harder was that I was trying to write at the dining table on a rather uncomfortable dining chair (Great chair for dinner parties – not so great chair for typing on laptop). Investing in a designated writing space as well as an ergonomic set-up has made a HUGE difference. I used to wonder why after an hour’s worth of writing I’d get so super fidgety that I couldn’t possibly work any more. Now I know that it wasn’t just writer’s block kicking in – it was genuine neck/back ache!
Have you ever considered volunteering at a writers’ event? Or wondered why on earth anyone would agree to work for free rather than simply attending the event? As someone who spent five days last week working (yes for free) as a volunteer at Sydney Writers Festival I might be able to answer some of these questions for you!