A Worthwhile Hour


Hey guys, as most of you know, I had a bash at NaNoWriMo last November and loved it. They still send me emails on a regular basis and some of them are boring (to me) but now and then there are some REALLY interesting articles to read (or listen to).

THIS in one of them!

It is long, it is an hour. But you know what? I listened to it as I did my morning ablutions, made and ate breakfast, and by the time I sat down to work I was most of the way through it. If you are anything like me, then you are overwhelmed by the amount of information out there on publishing. And not just the amount of information, but also how contradictory it is.

Right here, for me, was one space where I could hear from people who truly know what they are talking about, an unbiased look at the options available but more importantly what they all mean and why. I still need to work out what it all means for me. But I took SO many nuggets out of this, I am blown away.

It EXPLAINED so much! So if you aren’t on the NaNo mailing list (so you didn’t already get this link) and you are unsure of where you REALLY want to be in the world of publishing, then listen to this as you run on the treadmill, bath, eat, or whatever else you do today that you can listen at the same time! There are no slides to read or visuals to keep an eye on so you can do your own thing (although Brooke’s blue earrings are stunning, but that is beside the point!)

Where Jennifer hangs out: 

“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

#NaNoWriMo2016 Day 2:

Six thousand Two Hundred and Forty seven words today woohoo!! I am shouting it from the roof tops as I am unlikely to beat this or even match it, but am very happy with it. Of course all the writing was perfect, and naturally when I read it all back to myself in December I will hate it all haha … but we can cross that bridge when we get there right?

My official goal is 60 thousand (60K) for the month of NaNoWriMo2016 but my goal for the book is the full 85K. So I will be happy with either though I won’t push myself and if I make neither goals then that is OK too.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-9-14-36-pmI spent more time writing today, and also found myself inspired and on a major roll so I didn’t have to think a whole lot. Writing my story is painful and hard (and often involved trips to the loo) but it needs to be said and when I write from my soul it almost falls out of me. It is very natural and I can write how I think and talk (if I was to talk my story out loud, …which I don’t).

So hitting the 6K in one day was wonderful, but I fully recognise that it wasn’t really work. Yesterday I was super happy too at “only” 3.6K bringing the total for days 1 & 2 to 10K, so at this rate I will have the book (draft one) done and dusted by the end of the month, but you know what they say about counting one’s chickens before they hatch and all that… and I don’t want to be doing any of that. I will be thrilled with 20K by the end of the first week actually, so let’s see how that goes.

How are you doing with your writing? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo2016?

#NaNoWriMo2016 Day 1:

This is my first year participating in the National Novel Writing Month for 2016 (#NaNoWriMo2016). I actually signed on a while back and forgot about it, and to be honest I didn’t really know what was going on.

As you all know I am writing my story, but what you probably don’t know is that it is already at least 3 books long. It doesn’t hugely work as a string of chronology but I have been struggling with how to group the parts of the story that mean so much and I think have a story to tell, in the right way for flow, hooks and meaning. It was starting to get quite overwhelming.

Then as I was about to fall asleep on Monday night (which just happened to be October 31st) I had an epiphany… and decided to start a whole new book the next morning. So when I woke Tuesday morning to also see that it was day one of #NaNoWriMo2016 I was so excited!

I am not sure that I will get all 85K words done by the end of November but my aim is to have at least 60K done by then and the whole book finished by the end of the year. I am soooo excited, and glad that I am starting from this end rather than where I had planned to. The first book that I had planned will still be as is, but it will come out second instead of first… more on that later, I have writing to do!


Yesterday was day one and I did 3.8K words, and I am hoping for more today, but I know that there will be days when I will get nothing done… but watch this space 🙂

(I think that this hotel room is going to get messy the next few days!)