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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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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The Magic Of Christmas: First Draft Completed

The Magic Of Christmas: First Draft Completed

I did it! At the beginning of November, I set out to complete NaNoWriMo. Write 50,000 words in a month. Complete a first draft of a novel. Easy? Not quite. But I quickly found myself in a routine, and the ideas generally kept flowing. I wrote and I wrote, morning and evening, in bed at times, on trains at others. I had a plan, and I stuck to it. Possibly the most pleasing thing about this all is the following image: I was always ahead of schedule. I wrote every single day. Only two days in the month did I update my word count having achieved under 1667 words. (1667 was the average per day that I needed to get to 50K on time.) In doing this, I've realised that I can write an entire novel. Even with a very vague plan. It is not so impossibly daunting that I will hide away from it. My other ideas suddenly seem feasible again, when, to be honest, a...
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NaNoWriMo Update: Day 11

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 11

I've been trying to write for NaNoWriMo this morning. I've churned out 501 words according to Scrivener, although I think they are probably the worst  of my 21,000 so far. So I thought I'd write this blog post instead. 21,000 words! Yes, somehow, over the past 10 days (plus the 40 minutes I've spent this morning) I have cobbled together nearly half of what I need for my novel, and I still have 20 days to go. I'm starting to think I can actually pull this off. I have actually found myself settled with a pretty good writing routine. Every morning I've been getting up an hour earlier than I need to and splurging around 700-900 words. This gets me well on the road towards meeting my daily word target of 1667 before I even leave for work. I then aim for around 1000 when I get back, and so far, this has meant that apart from one day last week, I...
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Ready to go for NaNoWriMo2015

Ready to go for NaNoWriMo2015

50,000 words. 30 cold, dark November days. Tomorrow is the start of National Novel Writing Month. It seems daunting, and already I find myself looking to my calendar in horror as the days on which writing will be tricky seem to stack up at an alarming pace. But I have signed up anyway, I have registered my novel (with the working title "The Magic of Christmas" - a new idea and something that I haven't planned at all which I hope will give me the freedom to splurge for the month), and I am determined to complete it. Other than my job, there is nothing else I need to do for the month. So I won't. There are plenty of other days in the year for all that other stuff. Free time in November is for writing. Within the story, I hope to capture some of the childish wonder that the Christmas season brings, and that still manages to engulf me each year....
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