Thursday, 20 December 2012

Does it count?

One of my goals is to be published in Mslexia, so I was thrilled to see my name in the current issue. Unfortunately they hadn’t chosen one of my short stories for their New Writing feature, they had only printed a comment I made on their blog. Oh well, it’s a start!

P.S. Mslexia are running a free prize draw for some very useful books for writers. Closing date 31st December. Find it by scrolling down to the bottom of their home page.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

NaNoWriMo – the end, or a beginning?


I gave up all hope of reaching the target 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo about halfway through November, but I kept writing right up until the evening of the 30th.

My final total was 23,791, not including some handwritten notes and all the words still churning about in my head! I confess that I couldn’t resist slowing down and doing a bit of editing as I began to see connections between random scenes and plot threads, but it was still a lot more words than I usually produce in a month of ‘normal’ writing.

Was it worth it?

Definitely!

By the end of NaNoWriMo I had the very rough outline of a new novel. 
I can’t call it a first draft because it’s so muddled, and padded out with a lot of waffle, but I’m confident there’s enough material there to shape into a respectable first draft. It has a definite beginning and ending, plot points to lead me through the middle and, most importantly, a cast of characters who are all very real to me.

I’ve saved the whole thing but I probably won’t look at it again for many months. I first need to get back to real life and catch up with everything I put on hold at the end of October. (I haven't even done my Christmas shopping yet!)

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Word of the week (7)

gumption


If only she’d had the gumption to use that word before!

(Wondering what my Word of the Week is about? Click here for an explanation.)