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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Food Writing Exercises: Limiting Adjectives

I continue to work through 'Will Write for Food' as a way to improve my food writing, although progress has been halted slightly due to work (got to pay the bills!), travel (for work) and Magic of Christmas commitments (oh crikey Christmas is coming, fast!). Returning to where I had gotten to, I found that I had left myself halfway through writing two paragraphs about a favourite dish without using any adjectives. (Note: I will probably never say "my favourite dish", instead using "a favourite". I like too many things for too many different reasons to ever label one such dish as an all time favourite.) What was the favourite dish of choice for this exercise? Chicago deep dish pizza! A thing of legend in my mind until I realised a few years ago that I was heading to Chicago and there was a whole intriguing history behind it. The exercise itself, from Chapter 2 of the book, tasked me with writing...
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A Second Path: Getting into Food Writing and Blogging

Alongside my day job, and the writing of a few novels (The Magic of Christmas is progressing well, and a few other things are in the pipeline), one of my big interests has always been food. Writing about food has been a dream that has lurked within the deep corners of my mind for years now. It bubbles up each time the start of autumn brings with it the tempting thought of warmer, comforting meals. Food writing is something I have dabbled in previously, but I have always hit some form of mental barrier whenever I've begun to go anywhere with it. The original purpose of this website and blog was to change my own mindset, to make me think of myself not as 'an aspiring writer', but as 'a writer'. To not think of writing as something I would like to do, but something I actually do. And amazingly, it has worked. I now think of myself as much an author as I do...
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