Residency Day 10: Ups and Downs

Hi everyone,

Day 10 of my writing residency in Iceland is officially over, which means I’m a third of the way through! Time goes by so incredibly quickly while I’m working. I never have any idea which day of the week it is, because every day is pretty much the same. I wake up around 7:30, have breakfast with the incredible sunrise, check my emails, write, have lunch, go for a long walk, write, have dinner, chat with the other writer-in-residence, write, check my emails, catch up with friends and family back in Aus, and sleep.

Although I occasionally feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the planet and into some alternate dream-like universe, I have loved every minute of this residency. It has been the best thing I have ever done for my writing, full stop. I can see myself improving with almost every chapter. The rewriting process is going to be a lot of work, especially those earlier chapters, but for now, I’m purely focusing on getting this first draft down. It’s crazy to think that I am so close to finishing it now, this thing that used to seem like such a huge, impossible task.

Of course, I still have plenty of ups and downs with regards to this story. On a bad day, even the parts that I like the most can seem like the worst things ever written by anyone. But the good days make me forget all about that.

Reading through my journal always makes me laugh, and reminds me that my bad times never last very long. Let me welcome you into my mind:


4. March.

I think it’s really starting to dawn on me that I can actually finish this thing while I’m here. It was always the goal, but until now, I had my doubts. I have written three thousand words in the last three hours! Feeling good.

5. March.

HOW IS THIS THING GOING TO END? I HAVE NO IDEA. I hate everything I’ve written today. Why does it all just sound so clunky and flat? There is no actual ending in sight, because I just keep writing around and around in circles.

6. March.

I just outlined the rest of my novel. It’s so nice to know how the story is going to end, and so reassuring to have a little guide to which scenes I need to write on which days. Excited for tomorrow!

9 March.

This is really hard. It’s like spending all day every day focusing on the one thing you doubt about yourself the most. My mood is directly affected by how the story is progressing. I pretty much haven’t left my room in two days.

10 March.

I just came back from the most beautiful walk. It’s crazy that I’ve already hit my writing target for the day, and it’s just past lunch time! I am so excited to finish this thing! Not long now.


I don’t know if you are quite as extreme (or as melodramatic) as I am, but either way, I hope this post can serve as a little reminder that the bad times don’t last. If you manage to write through them, instead of giving up, you will eventually finish your novel. There’s nothing stopping you.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know how you get through your bad writing days in the comments below!

All the best,





9 thoughts on “Residency Day 10: Ups and Downs

    1. Thank you so much; I was just about to say the same thing to you! You might have noticed me reading through some of your recent posts, haha. I am so in awe of the detail you go into with your blog, and your art is beautiful! I’ll definitely be checking back regularly from now on 🙂 Best of luck with everything! Thanks again!

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  1. “On a bad day, even the parts that I like the most can seem like the worst things ever written by anyone.” – worst feeling in the world.

    “I have written three thousand words in the last three hours!” – wow, wish I could do that.

    “Let me know how you get through your bad writing days in the comments below!” – I play music really loudly, or walk my dog, or meditate, specially when I get those ‘oh no, my life could extinguish any minute and I’ll never have written anything but crap!’ feels.

    Best of luck for the 11th!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, and sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you! Music has definitely been my saviour, especially throughout the past three weeks or so. I’ve recently found “Half Moon Run”, and their song “Full Circle” always makes me feel better 🙂 I hope everything is going fantastically with your book! I ordered a copy to my parents’ address, and am planning to reread when I get back to Aus!

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    1. I was shaking my head at myself while reading through it, haha! And I yes you should definitely apply for some! It has been the greatest experience. I’m planning on writing a post with a list of residencies to apply for in 2017 🙂

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