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
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!
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 … Continue reading It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!
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 … Continue reading Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016
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 … Continue reading Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4
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 … Continue reading Over the hump: NaNoWriMo week 3
In a week which has been eventful (to say the least), my NaNoWriMo progress has been pretty much the opposite. No peaks, no troughs, no crises of confidence. Just getting the words out. I've been doing the pomodoro technique this week, which I plan to stick with as it seems to be working really well. If … Continue reading Chugging along: NaNoWriMo week 2
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 … Continue reading Once more into the breach: NaNoWriMo week 1
What ghastly thing is this, shambling up the path? AAAARGH!!! It's NaNoWriMo!!! Nah, I expect I'll quite enjoy it really. Once I get started. I've just been reading my blog posts about last year's NaNoWriMo, which was my first go (if you want to do the same, just click on the NaNoWriMo tag at the … Continue reading Never mind Halloween, it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!
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