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
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
January and the beginning of February was an interesting time for me, with some news that I thought I was coping quite well with, though in hindsight perhaps I was not... but all's good now (I think), and there were a few good things that happened that I want to mention: First, myself and two … Continue reading Belated Celebrations
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?
One of the things I absolutely love about National Novel Writing Month, are the Pep Talks. Emails from published authors, encouraging all the writers out there to keep on writing. Today's Pep Talk was from Nick Hornby. His words of encouragement need to be shared with the wider writing world. All of us who worry … Continue reading Inspiration via Nanowrimo – and our final winner!!
Recently my father-in-law asked me about my writing. Specifically, how I write about things that I don't know about. He said 'obviously you don't write from a vacuum, it has to come from somewhere'. And I agreed. I talked about research, and how I could do a little research, and get an idea about something, … Continue reading Writing from the Vacuum
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
What a day! Spent the morning avoiding my story, because I still felt as though I was in editing mode and wanted to try and get out of that before I started. So I procrastinated by cleaning instead - you know the saying - a tidy house equals a tidy mind... or something along those … Continue reading Nanowrimo and the Young Writer’s Program – Day 1
In a bucolic English summer at the end of the 1960s, a young girl witnesses a shocking crime. Fifty years later, she sets out to find out the truth, uncovering layers of mystery and deception. Moving from London during the Blitz to the present day, this is classic Kate Morton: a compulsively-readable, entrancing mystery … Continue reading Book Giveaway!! – Kate Morton “The Secret Keeper”
I am thrilled to say that my 6 year old son is joining in the Young Writer's Program this year. (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/) We signed him up on the site, and checked out the Word-Count Goal Calculator, a brilliant device to help Young Writer's set a word goal for themselves. He typed away for 10 minutes, … Continue reading Young Writer’s Program