THIS WRITING LIFE: Winter Writing Fun

I’m rather fond of winter, mainly because it gives me an excuse to eat loads of comfort food and drink Guinness and red wine, and there’s footy and my darling Sydney Swans, of course. But I also get to wear wonderfully daggy

Cathryn's new snuggly ugg boots

My snuggly new ugg boots

clothes like ugg boots, tracky daks and windcheaters. One of the great perks of being a writer: you don’t have to dress up.

Winter is also the perfect season for writing. I can snuggle up in my office with the heating on and pump out words without feeling remotely guilty that I should be outside, playing around in the sunshine. And writing flat out is exactly what I’ve been doing. The end is nigh on the first draft of my next novel, and while this is a very, very ugly first draft and there is a LOT of fixing up to do, I’m still excited about hitting The End. Although, in this case, I won’t actually be hitting The End at the end because I’ve already written it.

Rather a change of method for me. My process tends to be linear – I start with the opening chapter and keep on writing the story until it’s told, and has come to a natural conclusion – but about two thirds of the way through this manuscript I managed to get myself in a bit of a head-mess (nothing unusual there) and decided to perk things up by writing the last five chapters. Seems to have worked because things flowed after that and, I think, bar some tweaking and layering, the end will stay as it is.

So if you hear some whooping and hollering toward the end of the week, that will be me, celebrating completion of this book’s first draft.

Then the fun stuff will really begin.


0 thoughts on “THIS WRITING LIFE: Winter Writing Fun

  1. Avatar1girl2manybooks

    I’m also wearing uggies & trackies today. It is seriously miserable down here in Melbourne-town (and looks like remaining that way for probably the next 5 months!). I wish I had an office though….I’m writing at the dining room table and have to stop every 5m to remove my littlest man from where he has climbed up there! So exciting that first draft is nearly done!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Ahh, we’re sooooo glam in the book community, aren’t we? Ugg boots, trackies. Bewdiful.

      Bummer about the office, Bree. Best thing I ever did was invest in a huge workstation. Right royal pain to move but wonderful to work on.

  2. Avatarchristinestinson

    Great news that the first draft end is nigh! Also great news that the Swans have hit a purple patch. Long may it continue.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      My Swannies have been magnificent, Christine! I thought at the start of the season we had no hope, given our lacklustre playing but the boys have really hit their straps now. Makes for wonderful weekends yelling at the telly!

  3. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Congratulations on finishing the dirty draft! I’m a big fan of writing endings about halfway through because I can always see the end of a story, just not always sure how I’ll get there. But it happens 🙂 Miracle, huh? Love the Uggies, btw. Cold and miserable here in Melbourne and I am glamorously attired head to toe in polar fleece.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Interesting, Louise! Funny how we all have different processes and I’m always fascinated by other’s. Writing ahead is definitely not something I’d normally do because the end is usually so fixed for me I don’t need to, but I was willing to try anything to get myself back into a proper headspace. Seems to have worked this time. Whether I do that again remains to be seen. Given the amount of editing that needs to be done on this ms I won’t be starting another for a loooooong while to come.

      Polar fleece, such a marvellous innovation. Never tried bottoms in it though. I bet they’re lovely and warm!

  4. Avatarkerriepaterson

    Another one glamming it up in tracky daks and uggies 🙂 I jump around with my scenes sometimes when I get stuck – seems to make it flow easier.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I’m sure we’re just starting a secret fashion trend, Kerrie. Authorly Glamour has a rather nice ring.

      Hmm. Another one who jumps around. Most fascinating! I’ve certainly taken notes about future scenes and kept them safe in my “book bible” but I’m pretty sure this was the first time I’d typed them out and added them to the master doc. I’m about to start the first edit so I’ll get a better idea of how it’s worked soon.