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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A squirrel, a notebook, and a new series!

Some time ago I was in Paperchase, which had a sale on, and I bought myself a lovely notebook. Here it is. A4, hardback, with a magnetic closing flap, a ribbon, and an inside pocket for documents. I mean, I couldn't LEAVE it there. And it was only £4 in the sale. Like many writers, …

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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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#NaNoWriMo week 2-and-a-bit: In which I reach the middle

I'm still going. I reached the 25K mark, most appropriately, on the 15th of the month, so you can't say I'm not consistent, and now I'm almost at 30K, or 60% if you feel so inclined. But right now I feel as if I've been wading through the thick, sticky middle of the plot all …

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