A little break in writing over Easter.
Just playing with my Sketchable program on the Surface again. This challenge was from a short training program (Drawing Inspiration by Von Glitschka) on Lynda.com (my work has access to this training database that is owned by LinkedIn).
Anyway, the project was to draw using light colours on dark paper. Not having dark paper, I used a black backdrop and a light blue sketching colour. I was going to neaten this up…but then I decided I liked the scrappiness of how it turned out.
Anyway – just something I’m checking out.
Digital Scrachpad Doodle – by KT
So, back again.
I didn’t write last on the last two nights. I had forgotten that Thursday was Nerd Night, and I had a great time playing a new PS4 game (Drawn to Death – interesting little game with seriously immature humour which happens to be spot on for this 41-going-on-15 individual). I didn’t write last night because I was dosed up on painkillers (hurt my shoulder lifting my daughter up because I’m also 41-going-on-85).
Daily word count: 431
Total word count: 18,541
So not a bad amount, and I pumped it out pretty quick. It didn’t hurt as much getting the words down this time, and was in a far better headspace than I have been for weeks.
I’ve got a few good tips, both on this blog and in real life, but something that has helped me recently both getting back into writing and actually getting things done at work has been doodling. Not drawing, just doodling.
I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos and found this spacey artist (Peter Draws) on whose art is as mesmerising as his weird videos (here is ‘How to Doodle‘). Anyway, I did the above today which is kind of a ‘digital scrachpad’ – in that I coloured a layer in multiple bright colours, then placed a black layer over the top, and then doodled the above using the eraser tool (and the 4 way symmetry tool). It’s kinda silly and really simple, but the repetition of shapes and patterns is as relaxing as hell, and I gotta really recommend it if you need to change gears. The aim isn’t to get a masterpiece, just to make some marks on paper (physical or digital.
After I did this doodle I set it up for my kids, and they played with it too. Fun for the whole family 🙂
Anyway, lets hope I see you tomorrow night with another update! Maybe I’ll write. Maybe I’ll doodle some more. Maybe both.
Another good session of writing (note that the ‘good’ here means the words landed on the page quickly and without too much effort, not that they are any good).
I just hit 8,000 words. 8,031 to be exact.
At this early stage every thousand words is an achievement, a milestone, a reason to celebrate. I feel proud of my achievement, I feel good about having done the work, and I feel enthused about coming back to write tomorrow. It feels like an adventure, and I’m thrilled that I’m progressing something I want to do.
I’m wondering how long this enthusiasm will last. Continue reading