Winner winner chicken dinner: CampNaNo 2017

Phew! August 1 (how did that happen?) and I'm very pleased to report that Camp NaNoWriMo is done and the sequel to Murder At The Playgroup is in full draft! Here's the graph: My target was 50,000 words for the month, and in the end I wrote just over 53K to finish Murder In The Choir. The …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!

The title pretty much sums up this blog post! The feeling of growing dread when, having put your NaNoWriMo draft away for a few months, the time comes to bring it out again and actually read the words you wrote last November. The words you hope to make a book from. Will it be a crappy …

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It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!

I'm very proud to say that my first novel, A House Of Mirrors, is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon, and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! I'm planning to get the paperback out before Christmas, too 😉 It feels like a very long journey from November 1, 2015, when I sat down at the computer …

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Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016

Yes! Over the line! There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of relief when you paste your words into the little box, click 'Validate', and the little trophy pops up. NaNoWriMo is complete! This time I was actually in the process of writing the last chapter. As usual, I was doing a 25-minute pomodoro, which …

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Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4

This week in NaNoWriMo has been a week of two halves; for me, anyway. Monday and Tuesday; great, speedy, pretty much got my words in before lunch. On Wednesday, however, the truth dawned that while I know whodunnit, and how, I still don't know exactly why; or indeed, how they're going to be caught. So …

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Over the hump: NaNoWriMo week 3

So Sunday has rolled around again, and I've managed to wake up with a cold (how does that happen?). Never mind, I'm over the NaNoWriMo hump! If NaNoWriMo were a 5-day working week, I'd be in the early hours of Thursday. Ish. It's been a funny writing week. I've carried on with the pomodoro technique …

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Once more into the breach: NaNoWriMo week 1

I'm actually writing this blog post having finished my words for day 1 of Week 2, so I'm feeling extra industrious. Which is as well, because Week 1 was basically a week where I was fitting words around everything else. Halloween at the beginning (with a bit of promo for Snow-White Lady), Bonfire Night at the …

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