Another year over – 2017 and what’s to come.

Another year over – 2017 and what’s to come.

It has been a busy year. 2016 has flown by; the last couple of months in particular seem to have disappeared in the briefest of flashes. My NaNoWriMo adventure in November was again successful, although I was unable to blog about the latter stages and my ultimate victory due to my website breaking. For the last few weeks I managed to get it to the point whereby visitors could access the site (albeit without any plugins working), and it was only once I was off work for Christmas that I had a chance to sit down and figure out what was wrong, tinker, and finally fix things so I can be writing this post right now. And with that, here are a few updates of what's been going on. The Fire That Scorched The Sky My story for NaNo this year is one that I feel incredibly close to. It's an idea I originally had long ago, an idea that grew and matured...
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A Tale of Two WriMos: NaNoWriMo2016 and the Inner Struggle

A Tale of Two WriMos: NaNoWriMo2016 and the Inner Struggle

Like the sequel to some kind of action adventure book, I find myself undertaking a new NaNoWriMo journey this year, only this time for NaNoWriMo2016, the stakes are higher, the tiredness is greater and the days are passing away faster than ever before. Will I make it to the word count in time? This sequel does have a happy beginning. Following on from the joyous climax to last year's instalment, I have self-published my first novel, The Magic of Christmas, and the sales and downloads on Amazon are encouraging and incredibly supporting to my own confidence as a writer. I still cannot really believe that on a bunch of people's Kindles sits a book written by me. A book that was largely written in a month. If you're still in doubt about what NaNoWriMo can bring, then I feel this is a perfect example. Before NaNo 2015, I viewed myself as an aspiring writer. Now, having had a novel completed for the best part of a year,...
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The Magic of Christmas eBook – on sale now!

The Magic of Christmas eBook – on sale now!

It's here! The Magic of Christmas eBook - my debut novel -  is available to download from the Amazon Kindle store! Nearly a year after I began work on it for NaNoWriMo2015, and just days before I start the 2016 competition, I have got the book onto Amazon in time for Christmas! It has been a long process, one that has been incredibly fun, stressful, nervous, exciting, strengthening, inspiring and, at times, completely demoralising. But within that array of mixed adjectives, it is the positive ones that now are shining through. The long, dark nights of writing last November are a distant memory (although sure to be revisited soon as I enter NaNo spirit once more). The thoughts of 'why am I bothering with this?' have been pushed to the back of my head. The feeling of dissatisfaction with having a completed but hidden-to-the-world manuscript were banished in a click of the 'publish' button on Amazon. Now there is a copy of The Magic...
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In defence of cauliflower cheese.

On two occasions now I have drafted posts about cauliflower cheese while working through the exercises in Will Write for Food. The first was to compose a paragraph about a passion for a certain food. The second was for a post about a dish that I didn't like as a child, but have since come to love. Each time has involved a search for articles discussing the dish, and about cauliflower in general. But these have left me with only a saddening realisation. Cauliflower cheese seems to have become a dirty option for an increasingly trendy, fashionable vegetable. The cauliflower seems determined to leave its cheese-covered days behind. If you had asked me five years ago, I would not have cared at all about the fate of this dish. But before it gets lost to bad memories and cauliflower-fatigue, I think we need to remember why it is so great. A dish I hated as a child Cauliflower cheese is something that suddenly blossomed...
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8 Tips For a Successful NaNoWriMo

8 Tips For a Successful NaNoWriMo

As NaNoWriMo is now less than a month away (!), I have been thinking back to how I approached the challenge last year. I hope that by doing so I can replicate my routine and the resulting success that it brought. Last time out, I made a few blog posts along the way about what I did, detailing writing routines and the mindset that I followed, but this article will group everything and more into one place. I do not claim to be an expert at NaNo, but these things helped for me last year, and 1/1 is a 100% record, however small it may be. My 8 tips for a successful NaNoWriMo  1.   Decide on your idea early. I think I settled on the idea that I would write a Christmas book around the end of August last year. A very basic plot outline came to my mind, and I knew what I wanted the feel of the book to be. This...
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