It was the lead up to Christmas, Sydney was being absolutely damaged by severe thunderstorms, rain and hail storms as large as tennis balls.

In amongst all of that I was rising just after 6am every morning, camera in hand and documented a week’s long vlog that takes you behind the scenes of a busy writing career in between work at an undisclosed location. I know, sounds a little mysterious, unfortunately I can’t divulge details about that part, you know, sworn to secrecy and stuff.

But, the blog, I had a tonne bucket of fun editing this one. A little different in style, somewhat retro maybe?

For those that enjoy my writing, I’m hoping this video will give you a little flavour behind the scenes of the guy that thumbs these articles each week. I’d love to know what you think. Drop a comment 😊.

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6 thoughts on “I video recorded myself for a week while I wrote my book

  1. Hey Ivan, I loved watching this, it’s great to see a snapshot of your day to day life and your thoughts about writing. I hope your beautiful garden didn’t get wrecked by all that rain. Lovely thoughts about writing your memoirs and reminiscing about times such as when you met your wife. I look forward to seeing more of this blogging , your editing was done well too! 😀

    1. Hi Fiona. Ah, so glad you took the time to watch. The garden held up luckily, in fact our lawns have been growing so fast I can barely keep up. The car was a different story though and now we are stuck having to get a replacement. Overall though it was my most favourite time of writing so far. There are more of these coming 😁😁 Thank you for watching, and as always, reading. Ivan.

  2. Morning Ivan from the frozen prairie province of Alberta. Nice to see you and your video but I must say that you do not seem to be writing a h… of a lot in this video! lol. I know myself that actually getting down and putting your thoughts on paper (or laptop as the case may be) is the hardest part of the writing journey. In this regard I am the lucky one as I find that all my thoughts come to me in verse when I lay my weary head down on the pillow. It is then, and only then, that I must reach over to the bedside table and jot down my thoughts before they evaporate into the night air. Everything comes out in poetry form and I must write it down in the dark (would not want to awaken Josef at 2am) so it is preserved. Then, and only then, do I rest in peace. The morning when I dicipher my scrawl is the amusing time. “What the h… did I write??” This must have been some night I just survived.
    So, my dear Ivan, I suggest that instead of the morning writing sessions you try my method. Of course whether you write in prose or poetry is up to you.. lol.. but at least I consume less coffee and use less gasoline to get to my writing site.. lol.. and the end result is the same as yours, a published book of Nocturnal Poetry.
    Just jiving ya mate,,, but do wish you well and hope you are as much on track for the publication date as your distant cousin in Alberta. Hugs Wendy

    1. Hey Wendy!

      There was certainly alot of writing when the camera switched off too. I’m over the 20,000 word mark. I anticipate the book will wrap at around 50,000 by the time I’m done. I usually reserve my nights for my blog posts and any other video editing I might have. I write in the mornings as it’s on the way to work, I stop off and get into writing routine. It worked well as it was scheduled time to write without distractions. At home, with three kids, by the time I get to bed it’s near midnight and squeezing more writing in then amongst my blog is not feasible.

      And on the note of of poetry — I’m a terrible poetry writer, lol. I have no sense of poetic structure. I’ve written a few over the years and they remain good but to a poet enthusiast I’m sure they are a mess. I think I ought to stick to my writing style, lol.

      I understand exactly how your process works for you. And it would definitely be amusing waking and reading your scribbles. How enjoyable. Best of luck with your ongoing writing too!

      Enjoy that cold. I wish it was winter here. I beg for winter year round. Summer and I don’t get along well at all.

      Take care of yourself, and Josef.

      Ivan.

    1. Thanks a bunch Sarah. Appreciate you watching 🤓. The car was picked up yesterday from the insurer. Total write-off. 😕 But the writing was super enjoyable, probably favourite writing week. Where do you usually write?

      Ivan

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