It’s Christmas Time!

Well, almost but who’s counting (10 days – 9 until my holidays start)? So, as you know my NaNoWriMo attempt didn’t go so well and I’ve been a bit quiet lately, dropping down to my normal routine of 2 posts per month. I like this number as I’m not pressured into writing a post – even though I do really enjoy it – and I can put more time into it. I’d love to have the freedom to do it weekly but we’ll see what 2015 brings.

What am I doing?

Well, I’ve not been slacking off…much. I’ve been diving right back into my novella. I’m well into the second draft now and I want to say a BIG thank you to my proof readers, Sami and Kat, for your time and effort. You’re comments are justified and helpful and having combined them with my own next steps, I can say everything is coming along nicely.

I’ll be working on this on and off over Xmas and hopefully have something closer to publishing standard by the New Year or shortly after. Then it comes to submission time. It might not get accepted but I’ll find another way to get it out there if not because I think it’s relevant to many people and hopefully enjoyable too!

What can we look forward to next year?

Well, I have a lot planned. I’m FINALLY going to make a start on the A Song of Fire and Ice series so I can watch the TV show, give you more insights into my writing styles and tips – I get a lot of good comments and feedback so I think I should share what I’ve learned from others and from myself – and even more book reviews, since my reading list is huge at the moment. World Hopping is still going strong too, but they’re Christmas break is also coming up.

I also have some more projects lined up for next year so it’s going to be really busy. You don’t want to miss this stuff so watch this space.

But until then

So, this is me signing off for 2014. It’s been a blast since coming to WordPress and I’m looking forward to more of the same, and better, in 2015. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hogmanay!

See you in 2015.

Finishing the First Draft

Word Count

My novella’s word count

Hello! Apologies for the lack of blogging this month – it’s been manic! My birthday earlier this month and striving to finish my novella before National Novel Writing Month begins. I did it, the first draft anyway and I’ll return to it in November. More on that in a bit.

This project has hit 24,300 words. I was hoping to get a bit closer to 25,000 but there may be a little bit more to come in the redrafting process. Either way, I need to think a little more on my ending. I’ve got a few people to read it for me though, so hopefully they’ll give me some valuable feedback.

What has this taught me?

Well, it’s not over yet. There is still so much more to do in terms of editing and redrafting and me spending countless hours analysing and obsessing over every, little, word. If you’re a writer yourself, chances are you know what I’ve got coming up. I’ve been there before and I’m not looking forward to it but the novella is good (or it will be), the idea is very good and I can’t stop now.

This is far out of my comfort zone. There’s no fantasy, science fiction or horror in this story and those are the genres I usually write in. This is set in the here and now and explores mind-sets, attitudes and the lifestyles we live in, or have lived in. I’ve spoken to a lot of people to create a scenario and protagonist that people can relate to, on at least some level.

There are even some of my thoughts and experiences in there but it’s not purely about me – even though people will think this is about me on a deeper level. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

It shouldn’t have taken me this long to get to this stage but I’ve been lacking motivation this year. I have been able to write when it counts though and that’s promising. If I can keep this up, I might finally start to feel like the writer I was before and during uni – only (hopefully) a lot better.

A Song of Fire and Ice

A Song of Fire and Ice

A Song of Fire and Ice

Or, as people seem more familiar with, A Game of Thrones – a series I’ve heard so much about, both in book and television form, and yet I’ve not actually read or seen them. This shocks a lot of people as it seems right up my alley. They’re probably right, too.

I don’t want to watch the TV show until I’ve read the books, even if it’s in stages and my reading list is HUGE. However, for my birthday this month, I did get the three most recent so now I have all seven books published. Expect me to talk about these in 2015 – they’re big books but I can read fast if I get really into them, as is the case with anything.

So, next month

Have you been keeping up with my plans for the year? If so then you know that November is NaNoWriMo and, once again, I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve succeeded only once in completing this madness of a writing challenge but I’m hoping that this will be the second success.

It means that I’ll be writing every day and my target is 2,000 words a day. It might not sound a lot but it will be very taxing, especially working full-time! I must be mad to do this but, hey, what’s new? For the next month, you’ll get a NaNo update each week, letting you know how I’m getting on. It’s also for my benefit so I can see where I’m doing well and where I’m failing.

It’s going to be a fun month, keep checking back!