Yes. I'm joining the madness, and I'm doing NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. (Yes, this idea is utter madness. Yet somehow, it keeps pulling me back...) I've only ever managed to … Continue reading The Writing Diaries: NaNoWriMo 2017!
It's time. You've gone back to the first draft of your WIP. How on earth are you meant to approach the mountainous task before you - the first read-through? 1. Read out loud. This might seem like an odd thing to put first, but you simply have to read your work aloud. By reading aloud … Continue reading Reading Yourself
Claws deep into my second draft, I've realised something I'd been pretending wasn't a thing is, in fact, horribly true. On draft two, you basically have to start again. When I first began editing this, about a year ago, it was an exercise in writing down every tiny little thing that was wrong with my novel … Continue reading The Writing Diaries: Second Draft Blues
It's been a while... but I did it! A few weeks on retreat / holiday and I've finally finished the first draft of this book. I couldn't have done it without Camp NaNoWriMo, and I couldn't have done it without the help of my amazing sprints squad on twitter - they're the reason this draft … Continue reading I Finished My Novel… Now What?
I am SO EXCITED for this Friday, which is the first day of YALC - the Young Adult Literature Convention at LFCC in London. It's three days of books and authors and panels and signing queues and nerding out. It's like my own personal heaven. And this year I am super excited because this is … Continue reading Tips for a Successful YALC!
It's week three of Camp NaNoWrimo, and the self-doubt has kicked in. I'm stuck at 63.5k. I can see the final scene (I have written it already, so I know exactly how this story ends) and I have No. Idea. how I get from where I currently am to THAT end scene. And it's at times … Continue reading The Writing Diaries: Struggling with Self-Doubt
This week has been somewhat of a weird one. I feel less successful than last week, but have written considerably more words. I'm less happy with where my WIP is, but the story has come on leaps and bounds. It's all down to writing sprints. Shoutout to my #writingsquad this week: @LucyTheReader @HellionHarvey @RoyalBookshelf in particular. … Continue reading The Writing Diaries: Sprinting to Success!
This week's update is inspired by Lavendaire's video 'Done Is Better Than Perfect'. I've really struggled in this first week of Camp NaNoWriMo and for one simple reason: my inner perfectionist, combined with a really, really busy work-week, has taken any time and inspiration away from me. Now, I know that you have to write … Continue reading The Writing Diaries: Done is Better Than Perfect
So, you've signed up for it. Camp NaNoWriMo. Anything from 1,000 to 1,000,000 words in a month. Your challenge? To set your level of insanity where you will - then go forth and write! Whenever I've done NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo in the past, I have been hideously unprepared in every sense of the word … Continue reading 10 Ways to Survive Camp NaNo!
So I have very foolishly decided to take on Camp NaNoWriMo in a month that is hardly empty as it is. But I need to get my WIP written, and it needs to get done FAST. July might be crazy busy but I know I'll have some respite at the end to power through those … Continue reading Preparing for Camp NaNo…