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 … Continue reading In praise of laziness

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

Camp NaNoWriMo: past the post

Yes, it's time for the obligatory 'Yay I finished!' post. I hit my Camp NaNoWriMo target at around lunchtime on Friday. The computer finished reading the edited manuscript to me, I made the last little changes, formatted the document, and emailed it to beta readers. And then I validated the word count to get one … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: past the post

Camp NaNoWriMo: In the middle

It's almost the middle of the month already! How on earth did that happen? Appropriately enough, I'm in the middle of editing. Very much so. This week I've dealt with all the 'big' questions/possible problems I identified on reading through my NaNo book. Several turned out to be not really SO big. I've also resolved the 'medium' … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: In the middle

Camp NaNoWriMo and everything else: a progress update

Please forgive the radio silence on the blog for the last week and a half; it's been a bit busy! As of 30 June *wipes brow* the draft of #SecretSequel is finished! It turned out a little more serious than I intended, but I'm cautiously pleased with it. I took the risk of letting my … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo and everything else: a progress update

One thing after another: signing up for Camp NaNoWriMo

When will I learn, eh? There I was, having pretty much finalised Bitesize, thinking I would have a nice restful time writing the sequel to the Secret Notebook, and somehow I have managed to sign up to Camp NaNoWriMo. If you haven't encountered Camp NaNoWriMo before (and it's my first time), it's a more relaxed version … Continue reading One thing after another: signing up for Camp NaNoWriMo

For beta, for worse

I am currently doing the writerly equivalent of watching through my fingers from behind the sofa. Over the last fortnight I've been editing a collection of linked short stories. I spent yesterday checking and correcting punctuation and overused words, and listening to the computer read the manuscript to me (I find it less embarrassing when … Continue reading For beta, for worse