Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 386 – Inspired


“Do not wait to strike til the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

William B.Sprague

Thank you, Spidey, for a thought-provoking one, this week.

This week I finally broke up for the school summer holidays. It’s been a heck of a year, as you know if you have been following me. The first full one in school after two disrupted Covid years. The first one where I got Covid.

This meant that, despite me trying to get off the mark, writing has come a poor third to my work life, and real life as a wife and parent. (I am sorry to those of you who are patiently waiting for the next book!)

But, I am fully aware that we have to make certain things happen if we want them too.

Like knuckling down and getting words typed up, and a first draft finished within the next couple of weeks.

I am inspired, but my energy levels have been so low, I haven’t been able to devote the time and brain power to finishing the story.

So, this is where the above quote hits the nail on the head.

I knew I was going to need some time to refresh myself, so I aimed to not write for a couple of days. Instead, I wanted to rest, and read, get ready, then write.

That lasted all of 7 hours. Because something inside was telling me I could write, and do it now. I could push my own boundaries, seeing as I am not in school right now, and kickstart my flow.

So that is what I did on Wednesday, the first day of my break.

I wrote 750 words.

750 more than I had thought I would, which is a start.

Then on Thursday and Friday nearly 2k poured out on each day.

I am writing this on Saturday evening, and so far another 1k has hit my screen. Who knows, there may be more.

This a crux moment in the story, where things are coming to a head, and there is so much I want to write. I feel like this one, the story of Sunny and Milan, Book 2 in the Rishtay Series, will end up as an epic saga if I am not careful!

But, do you see what I did?

I struck, despite my iron not being hot, and I really did heat it up myself! The word count written this weel is 7 k so far. The total is 87k now, and there are still around 8.5 chapters to write!

Dear God, don’t make this a 100k story!! (Or maybe do. I hope whoever reads in will want it to go on fo a bit longer!

(Note to self – you do realise half of this will go in the editing ruthless cut stage?!)

So, do you believe in taking the bull by the horns, yourself?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Aug 03, 2022 @ 11:53:59

    Well done Sis hooray for you! Sorry I am so far behind but life is not being patient to me 💜💜

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  2. Jennie
    Aug 02, 2022 @ 02:11:56

    Bravo, Ritu!

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  3. johnrieber
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 16:43:50

    Taking the bull by the horns can sometimes result in lots of collateral damage…forcing something before it’s ready to emerge…a delicate balance to be sure!

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    • Ritu
      Jul 31, 2022 @ 17:25:01

      I agree with you there, John. Not sure my story would have come together if I’d forced it earlier!

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      • johnrieber
        Jul 31, 2022 @ 20:06:51

        Everyone is different obviously, but I have always found in my business that anyone who forced the story delivered work that needed to be re-done…I work in TV so have seen literally THOUSANDS of scripts in my career…

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      • Ritu
        Jul 31, 2022 @ 20:19:54

        I think that would be me. Words fo the sake of words, and rubbish ones, at that! I already know there will be a lot cut from this, but it is the first draft that I have to vomit out, to then weed through, and get the real story honed!

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      • johnrieber
        Jul 31, 2022 @ 21:26:35

        Nothing wrong with putting it all out there…in my business it’s all done on work deadlines, so I always tried to make sure the script was thought out first to avoid wasting time…the creative process of writing novels or non-fiction is different – I wasn’t suggesting anything you did was a waste of time! Hope you didn’t take it that way!

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      • Ritu
        Jul 31, 2022 @ 21:32:18

        Oh, no, not at all, John!! I was just talking to my mum about the writing process, too. The first draft is rarely clean, and ready for submission straight away.
        I have my plans, and am writing to them, because I have to see the story play out in full as I write. I see it as a film, almost.
        Then, when I read back I find those bits which would be superfluous for a reader, or those parts I’ve repeated, and the sections that make no sense, whatsoever, and I rework, and clean it up before submission!
        But, the word vomit has to happen, first! 😊

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  4. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 15:58:40

    She can’t rest, not even for a minute. Lol Sis, don’t forget on selfcare. Also don’t try to take this little fluffy bull named Sonu by the horns. :-)) Best wishes, Michael

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  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 15:57:01


  6. beth
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 13:36:42

    I would say one has to follow their own lead –

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 12:34:21

    What an inspiration you are, Sis! Write ON!! ❤

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  8. Erika
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 12:31:29

    Haha, I only made it that far right because taking the bull by the horns. And everybody who did not was not long by my side… lol
    So, enjoy the time you have now for going more intensely into the writing sphere.

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  9. Sadje
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 06:29:17

    How wonderful Ritu.

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  10. Lauren
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 05:27:13

    I say go where the muse takes you. Great job on writing so much

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    • Ritu
      Jul 31, 2022 @ 08:25:51

      Thank you.
      It’s been such a struggle, the last year, with a huge house move, adding a commute that adds an hour to.my work day, along with a stressful, mentally abd physically exhausting job, and add in Covid and the long-term side effects, coupled with family stuff…
      I’ve not had the mental capacity for my own words… But, they’ve flowed this week, thank goodness!

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