Favourite Nano Videos, Progress to Date, and a Winner!

I have been procrastinating. It’s particularly bad today, because I now had a clear outline of how to get this story to the end… I spent half an hour yesterday (or maybe it was the day before… it’s all blurred together at the moment),  working out how this story was going to end, and how I was going to get there. And yes, my writing has deviated slightly off the outline, but in a better way! Much much better. So I should be writing, and NOT procrastinating. But I couldn’t help myself.

Above is one of my favourite Nano Videos (or at least an attempt to embed(?) it, I really have no idea what I’m doing, so here’s hoping it works!!). I can’t remember what year it comes from but it was incredibly inspiring at the time, and I enjoy watching it again now.

But watching old Nano videos is not the only procrastination I’ve been doing today.

Pinterest has got me too and this morning I began to search for travel pictures – of Scotland in particular. I’ve been to Edinburgh once before, for two days! I loved it! It felt like home! I’ve got to go back, explore the rest of the country, pop across to Ireland and explore that too! I can trace several branches of my family tree to these two countries (Yes, I’m ignoring the fact that Scotland and England are now the UK – that’s ok, isn’t it?), and I would love the chance to see some of the places they lived, and to maybe do some genealogical research at the source.  I want to travel again!

But at the moment the funds are dry, and I have other things to do anyway… like finish this novel. Only 8 days of Nanowrimo to go. And less than 10,000 words to reach my goal! I know I can do it, if only I can drag myself away from the internet for a few hours. :/

DS’s Young Writer’s Program experience is not going so well… “I’ll catch up tomorrow,” he tells me. He is now several days behind. He needs to write 80 words a day to catch up. I’m sure he could make it, if he wanted to. He has, after all, had a day of over 100 words. But I’m not sure he does want to. We’ll wait and see I suppose…

But I did come to post for a purpose today, and that was to draw a winner from the ‘hat’. There have been a few more commentors this week, but finally, finally – Monica! You have won!! Yay!! Will send you an email right now for your details, and soon your book will be winging it’s way to you! Enjoy!! 😀

I have one more copy of Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper to give away. Comment on any post or page, and stay tuned for next weeks draw to see how you go!! 😀

Nanowrimo Day 7

Progress Update!!

After a couple of shaky days, I’m proud to say that DS has zoomed back into the writing, with 72 words today!! YAY!! With no writing at all on Sunday, and only 20 words yesterday, he was starting to get a bit behind. He’s a 6-year-old boy, so concentration and focus for lengthy periods is not a strong point. But he pulled through today, and now has 49 more than he needs to at this point. (399/350 word goal for Day 7).

My writing is going well too – 2064 words today, bringing my total word count to 12,763 words! Woot!!

Don’t forget, I have four copies of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton to give away this month, all you have to do to get your name in the draw is comment on any post! :D (For more info check out this post)

First copy drawn tomorrow!!!

Nanwrimo and the Young Writer’s Program, Day 2

The first 53 words

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 you all updated on how my son and I are going.

Today was a slow day for me. I got my word count: 1799 words to be exact, but the writing is still feeling sluggish. DS (Dear Son, for those unsure of what I mean), didn’t want to bother at all – until I reminded him of the awesome t-shirt he’ll be getting at the end, and offered him chocolate as incentive. More specifically, I said that whoever got to their word goal first, would get a row of chocolate. (I should note, that I never bribe my kids with chocolate, so that was a big thing). He won, easily, of course, having only 50 words in comparison to my 1667 word goal. *sigh* next time I will make the challenge harder.

Once he got into it, he wrote his words really quickly, his main character killing of the dragon in record time, and then going home to eat tea and go to bed. I then made hin write another sentence, getting his word count for the day up to 60 words, with a total wordcount of 113. Doing well so far…

My biggest problem I think is that I am still editing as I go – damn inner editor – be gone!! DS got quite worried about proper spelling, stopped now and again to ask me how to spell something. I had the discussion with him about how November is a time for writing, not worrying about spelling and grammar (he may only be 6, but he’s almost better at it than I am lol), and that December is the time to fix all that stuff up.

How’s your writing going?  If you are participating in Nanowrimo – are you reaching your goals?

Don’t forget, I have four copies of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton to give away this month, all you have to do to get your name in the draw is comment on any post! :D (For more info check out this post)

Nanowrimo and the Young Writer’s Program – Day 1

from http://www.layoutsparks.com/1/187544/fire-breathing-dragon-image-31000.html

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 lines. It sort of worked, though I find myself editing as I go. Must Stop Now!! I’m trusting that within a day or two, I will have reverted back into Nano-Mode and my inner editor will well and truly be locked away somewhere  – till December at least.

But anyway! New story ‘Dark Sea’ has began, and while it’s not flowing as well as it’s previous instalment I do feel I’m getting back into the flow of things. And I blitzed the word goal for today – reaching 2716 words.

My son was excited to finally be able to start on his story! Being only 6 years old, we went for a much smaller goal of 1500 words, 50 words a day. When he arrived home from school, I presented him with a blank notebook, and told him he could start. He wasn’t sure how to start, so I suggested describing his character. And so he began. A great description followed, getting him to 19 words, then, when I suggested a bit of action, came a bit more description, of his character’s skills in battle this time. This got him to 34 words, and by now his attention span was wavering. I suggested a line, and reworded my suggestion for mroe action. This time we got it – fire breathing dragons bearing down on the main character. That took him to 53 words, where he stopped, ending the days writing with “the end, up to here” lol.

I’m looking forward to the character fighting back tomorrow. He is supposed to be the best dragon slayer in all the world, so I have faith he’ll be successful! 😀

Anyone else doing Nano or YWP? Or know  a child doing YWP? I’d love to hear your experiences!

Don’t forget, I have four copies of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton to give away this month, all you have to do to get your name in the draw is comment on any post! 😀 (For more info check out this post)

Book Giveaway!! – Kate Morton “The Secret Keeper”

 

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 with a long held secret to be uncovered at its heart.

1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.

Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.

Doesn’t it sound fascinating!!

The Secret Keeper is published by Allen & Unwin and is due for release in Australia and New Zealand in November, but is already available in the UK and US.

And click the link below to see Kate Morton’s take on finishing The Secret Keeper!

http://www.katemorton.com/blog/2012/7/26/the-secret-keeper-is-coming.html

 

For a chance to win one of 4 copies of this brilliant book, be sure to comment on my blog over the coming weeks.  During the next month I’ll be sharing my experiences as I take part in my 5th Nanowrimo, (my 7th if you count Camp Nano!!), novelling alongside my son who is taking part in the Nanowrimo Young Writer’s Program. I’ll be giving away 1 book each week to a random commenter from that week. So come say hello, and tell me all about your own writing and/or reading experiences.

 

Young Writer’s Program

 

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, with lots of distractions, and ended up with 30 words. Focus is not really one of his strong points at the moment – his world is far too full of excitement to concentrate on any one thing for too long, so we’ve set him a daily goal of 50 words, 1500 words for the month. Personally, I think he’ll get that easily, but I wanted something small for him to aim for, in his first year.

Then we downloaded the Young Writer’s Program workbook for Elementary Students. It is brilliant! It asks him to think about novels that he likes and doesn’t like, and what it is he likes or not about them. Then he begins the planning for his own novel. So far we have a character, whose name he picked out from a baby name website after searching for a name that means warrior or fighter (it’s going to be an adventure story), and the character has now been fleshed out with likes/dislikes, where he lives, what he looks like, and what he does best.

Best of all is that my son is so keen to work on it. He is so excited about his story, he’s been bragging to all who will listen about how next month he’ll be doing the Young Writer’s Program.

And we’ve already discussed his prize should he succeed, a YWP “Nanowrimo Brain” t-shirt.

Looking forward to next month, novelling away with my boy!! 😀