Nanowrimo is done and dusted for another year... the actual event at least. For me the end of November marked 52,000 words through my 80,000 word manuscript- a success in terms of reaching Nanowrimo's goal of 50,000 words in a month, and I have to admit that I'm feeling pretty good about my progress thus far. … Continue reading Another Nano Success…
November = National Novel Writing Month!
The year draws to an end, and once again it's time for the biggest event on the writer's calendar (well, mine at least). This is the eighth year I've participated in Nanowrimo, though for the second time I'm rebelling, and working on my current historical novel. At 80,000 words, my aim it to have it … Continue reading November = National Novel Writing Month!
The ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) results for Round 2 have been announced. Readers of this blog may remember that last month I was excited to announce that my novel 'Red Sky' passed through Round 1. Sadly it did not pass Round 2. It is of course, very disappointing, but as part of the 'award' … Continue reading Writing Lessons
Read an E-Book Week 3-9 March 2013
I recently learnt that this week is "Read an E-Book Week". Forgive me for being a few days behind the times (it started on Sunday!), I've had a busy couple of days editing some new short stories, and had an amazing afternoon's writing - just under 3000 words in about 2 hours. I'm really excited … Continue reading Read an E-Book Week 3-9 March 2013
Feel like your story isn’t ready?
So, I've finished a story. It's been edited several times over, and is as good as I can get it, for this moment at least. Sometimes I know a story is good when I send it out, most times I don't - most times I feel embarrassed that I am sending out such drivel!! Sometimes … Continue reading Feel like your story isn’t ready?
Ah Nano! I love it! This is my fifth year of taking part in NaNoWriMo, and I am pleased to say I have been successful each time, some more than others. This year, I was excited to be writing a sequel for a novel I wrote during Camp Nano in June. To my memory, Red … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2012
Nanwrimo and the Young Writer’s Program, Day 2
Here is my son's writing from yesterday - and I don't know if you can see it, but at the bottom is reads: "hallo Nanowrimo, I love doing this!" How cute!!! 😀 Now, I doubt very much I'll get in to report on our progress every day, but while I'm able I thought I'd keep … Continue reading Nanwrimo and the Young Writer’s Program, Day 2
Counting down the minutes till Nano…
After a hectic week that had me fly over to the other side of the country for a funeral, I'm home again, just in time for Nano! My story this year is partly planned, a sequel to the novella I wrote during Camp Nano in June, a novella I have literally this minute submitted to … Continue reading Counting down the minutes till Nano…
Six Sentence Sunday
A friend of mine, Kelly, who blogs at Black Wings and White Paper, has recently joined in Six Sentence Sunday - the idea being to share the first 6 sentences of a story. I thought I'd join in too. The following is the first six sentences of Chapter 26 of my novella 'Red Sky'. It … Continue reading Six Sentence Sunday
Another step forward
Yesterday I posted my manuscript off. Final word count, after a month (or there abouts) of editing: 59,479 words. 216 pages of double spaced sized 12 font. I have printed it out before, at around 62,000 words - but I try to save paper, so I usually print two pages to one, single spaced (or … Continue reading Another step forward