NaNoWriMo update day 28

Day 28 of NaNoWriMo and 133 words over target, leaving 8,299 to do tomorrow/Monday. A stretch but possible.

I finished the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, at just under 20,000 words, and have gone back to the monologues, finishing off some of the ones I’d started. They’re quite quick so I’m hopeful (determined) to get to the 50k.

In case you missed my post on Facebook, my quirky British crime novel ‘One for the Road’ is still free but finishes today. The second of my women’s fiction serial series, ‘The Serial Dieter’, though is free today until Wednesday! Do help yourself and tell your friends… and your non-friends. Thank you!

So that’s me. How are you doing? Congrats to everyone (I know there are a few of you) who have reached the 50k/finished (not necessarily the same thing) already.

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo update day 27

Day 27 of NaNoWriMo and a busy day so only 2,059 instead of 3,737 but it’s okay. I’m determined to smash it over the weekend.

I’m nearing the end of the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, and will probably go back to the monologues. They’re easier/quicker to do so that’ll help get the word count up. Also, I’m planning on submitting them for publication traditionally rather than self-publishing so good to get cracking with them.  They’re nearly 17,000 words so quite healthy… and fun to write so that helps.

In case you missed my previous posts, my quirky British crime novel ‘One for the Road’ is free but only until tomorrow (Saturday)! Please tell your friends… and your non-friends. Thank you!

So that’s me. How are you doing? Congrats to everyone (I know there are a few of you) who have reached the 50k/finished (not necessarily the same thing) already.

 

 

NaNoWriMo update day 26

Day 26 of NaNoWriMo and slightly over target: 3,643 instead of 3,318. Tomorrow’s target is 4,424. The numbers are all averages so they decrease each day when I go over. The main thing is that I get to the 50,000. I’m at 36,739 with four days to go. I should hit the ‘4’s tomorrow then home straight. 🙂

I was 22k behind when I finished work work earlier this month (and had done some of December’s so I can pick up on the 1st) and am currently 6,603 behind so weed those into the next few days and I’ll have caught up… just in time to finish.

I’m still on the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, and not totally sure how it’s going to end but I do think I’ll finish it tomorrow.

I’m not sure what I’ll do thereafter. I enjoy the monologue so I may go back to those. So no novel this month but that’s okay. I’ll go back to those when I have more time, less words that have to be done.

Speaking of novels… in case you missed my post earlier, my quirky British crime novel ‘One for the Road’ is free from today until Saturday! Please tell your friends… and your non-friends. Thank you!

So that’s me. How are you doing? Congrats to everyone (I know there are a few of you) who have reached the 50k/finished (not necessarily the same thing) already.

 

NaNoWriMo update day 25

Day 25 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve recovered a little. I’ve done 293 words over today’s target – still four thousand a day to do between now and next Monday inclusive, which is fine. I’ve gone from 22,549 behind to 8,579. Total written so far this month: 33,096 (thank you, Excel).

I’m about the halfway through the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, which should be no more than 20,000 words total so hopefully finishable on Friday.

So that’s me. How are you doing? Congrats to everyone (I know there are a few of you) who have reached the 50k/finished (not necessarily the same thing) already.

NaNoWriMo update day 24

Day 24 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve not quite done the target of 3,449 today as I’d forgotten about a webinar (Mark Dawson’s ‘How Profitable Are Your Ads?’). That’s my excuse but a poor one as it didn’t start until 9pm!

I simply had too many distractions (mostly not writing related so another poor excuse) although I did do a bit of work work and needed to set up some paid promotion and KDP free/99p countdown dates for some of my books… the joy of a self-published author, which I did.

So I’d done 2,386* to that point, 1,046 short so catchupable tomorrow or thereafter, with a new average of 4,118.

*All more of the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’ which I’m enjoying… that’s the most important thing.

So that’s me. Short (actually 5’10”) and sweet (some have said) today. How are you doing?

NaNoWriMo update day 23

Day 23 of NaNoWriMo and I’m still catching up. I’m a mere 11,318 behind (better than yesterday’s 14,596), having done 4,573 today. I now have an average of 3,831 words to do each day until the end (can you tell I’ve got a nerdy Excel spreadsheet?) 🙂 which again is quite possible, especially as lockdown here in the UK doesn’t end until 2nd December. 

Speaking of which, I feel for everyone. I work from home (with a fab job – pulling a publisher’s – Bloodhound Books – novels apart) anyway so I’m one of the lucky ones. I hope you’re all staying safe, cliched as it may sound.

Having finished the first draft of the second in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry Goes to the Barbecue’ (in November… a method to my madness!) last night, I moved on to a third ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, again about 15-20,000 words in length, today. They’re great fun so if you do end up reading them (they should also be around the pound/dollar/euro mark) I hope you enjoy them. I’m hoping these two will be out mid-December, after at least three edits from the two of us (that’s myself and Caroline, I’m not counting myself twice!).

So that’s me. How are you doing?

NaNoWriMo update day 22

Day 22 of NaNoWriMo and I’m catching up (canned laughter in the background). Okay so I’m 14,596 words behind but that’s okay. I have 3,990 words to do each day until the end which again, is okay. I’ve just finished for the day today at 5,256. Added to yesterday’s 3,934… Friday’s 4,093, Thursday’s 1,710 and the previous 7,457 and I’m at 22,078 instead of the target of 36,674, give or take a word or three.

It’s always a pleasure writing ‘The End’ (actually usually three asterisks but I felt like using the two words this time) and today was the end of the first draft of the second in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry Goes to the Barbecue’ (in November… a method to my madness!). Coming soon (after I’ve edited it, send it to my editor, received it back then re-edited at least twice)…

So that’s me. How are you doing?

 

NaNoWriMo update

I’m still way behind (17,194 instead of 35,007) with #NaNoWriMo but that’s okay.

I have an average of 3,894 words to catch up and I wrote 3,934 today (Saturday) and 4,093 yesterday so hovering around the right area.

Rather than doing a novel from scratch, I’ve been going back to started projects including a themes series of monologues, but these past few days the second in my Rachel Cavanagh ‘Henry’ dog detective short spin-off series. I’m a couple of thousand words off from that so I’ll probably do a monologue or two before returning to a novel I’m 20k in on.

Having gone back through what I’d done so far three times, not the thing to do when you’re already behind but hey… I was surprisingly pleased with it  so look forward to returning to it… for perhaps another read through.

Oh, and I’ve also returned to Scrivener. I can recommend Marty Neary’s course on Udemy if you’ve not used Scrivener before. He’s on Facebook if you’ve got any questions. Scrivener’s been great for all my side information: characters, synopses, notes etc. Although I still do the writing in Word, I copy/paste it into Scrivener with a file for each chapter so I can see how long they are without having to scroll through Word. I don’t think I’d leave Word behind – after all it’s what 99% of the world uses for the submission process (maybe not that much but it feels like it) but it’s a marvellous addition.

So that’s me. How are you doing?

How’s your writing going?

I’m way behind (day 3) with #NaNoWriMo but that’s okay.

It’s normal for me as I clear my workload then have a few days to catch up.

Last year it was 8 days, this year it’s 14 so a bonus!

I’m writing a mix of monologues and novels (different projects), aiming for 5k a day but we’ll see…

How are you doing?

Camp NaNoWriMo starts today – anyone else joining me?

Yes, it’s that time of the year. April for Camp NaNoWriMo (10,000 words minimum) and November for the big sister / brother that is NaNoWriMo (50,000 words minimum).

Although I have a novel to edit (The Serial Dieter’s Shopping List, second in the Shopping List series), I’m going to add to two of the novels I’m writing, both standalone psychological thrillers.

I’ve had an emotional few months (including today) and I’ve not written anything since the middle of January, so it’ll do me good.

Anyone else joining me? Click on the picture for more details.