On the road again: adventures in NaNoWriMo

I've been meaning to write this post for at least a week now, but life and more particularly events and book launches have got in the way. But now here I am, and having got my words for the day done, I have a bit of space to talk about NaNoWriMo. Or NaNoDicto, as it's become …

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Words complete!

The first draft of the first Maisie Frobisher book (now provisionally titled All At Sea) has marched to its conclusion! Literally, as I've been dictating it on walks. I had planned to finish the book today, but as it turned out the book had other ideas, and demanded to be finished on Friday. It drove …

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Adventures in knitting…new book progress!

A couple of blog posts ago I mentioned that I'd started a new book, and that I was dictating it (here is the blog if you missed it). Things are moving on apace. Most days I've been going out for a walk, with the chapter outline in my head and phone in hand. Usually I …

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Not the NaNo’Clock News

Please forgive the pun-tastic title, but I can’t help it. You see, it's November, NaNoWriMo month, and other people are posting on social media and blogging about their super word counts and how far they’ve got with their stories and how they feel it’s all coming together. Normally at this stage of the year, I’d …

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Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

It feels weird to say out loud that I’m not going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this time around. Admittedly I haven’t been writing long, in the grand scheme of things, but NaNo in November, and Camp NaNo in April and July, formed part of my goals and targets and gave a bit of …

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#NaNoWriMo final week: In which I write ‘The End’!

Made it! My third NaNoWriMo is safely completed, emailed to myself, put on a memory stick and saved on two different computers. Not that I'm paranoid. As I suspected, things speeded up. Not because I'm bored of writing, or of the story, but I always get faster towards the end. I was practically holding myself …

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#NaNoWriMo week 3-and-a-bit: In which I try not to run to the finish!

Having moved at the pace of a glacier made of treacle last week, this week I have been STEAMING through the post-it notes of my plot. To the extent that I did wonder midweek whether I might get to the end before the end, if you see what I mean. I've had fun planting a …

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