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?

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 20 Nov

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent will be posting my Word Count Wednesdays posts so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These random sheet posts include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. Getting mighty crowded
  2. Insider
  3. 10pm
  4. Beauty
  5. All dressed up
  6. Fiesta
  7. Price
  8. Womenswear
  9. Wanted to do something useful
  10. Sunday
  11. IQ
  12. The doctor won’t see you now
  13. Painted desert
  14. 22
  15. See my friends
  16. Head cases
  17. Change
  18. Crunch time

Word Count Wednesday 18 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been carrying on with the monologues and have written 3,477 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). Not the NaNoWriMo target for a week of 11,669 but I’ve finished work for the month so am catching up.

My target for today (and every day to the end of the month) was 3,273 so that’s fine. I’ll aim for 5,000+ per day between now and the 30th so hopefully go over the 50,000-word total. Double figures for next week, and I’m moving on (back) to the novels from tomorrow. 🙂

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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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?

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 13 Nov

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. We’ve got a colour, size and style for every kid in class.
  2. VAT rip-off
  3. Sun, sea
  4. Shame restaurants into fair tips, fair pay
  5. Good tongue greens
  6. Selling his soul
  7. No wonder you love paper
  8. This flattering hue works for every eye colour
  9. Thrilling
  10. Let’s liven up TV debates
  11. Ministers axed grant
  12. It was Bobby
  13. Flaming Lies
  14. A Problem like Maria
  15. Take control of your health
  16. Young people are ‘less tolerant’

Word Count Wednesday 11 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been doing more monologues and have written 2,075 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night), total 3,916 for November so far. While it’s way short of the target of 16,670 for NaNoWriMo, I have written 12k in a day so possible to catch up quickly. I’ve been work working to leave a chunk of time to do just that.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 6 Nov

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  For the foreseeable future, I will be posting these sheets every Friday, (tided by my lovely author assistant / editor / lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week.

These prompt sheets include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. The rise of the popular prison press – the inside story.
  2. Apart from driving the prison system to the brink, he has attempted to murder legal aid.
  3. Perfect
  4. Encounters of the stirred kind.
  5. Politically motivated complaints.
  6. At last, a costume drama to get your teeth into.
  7. Euthanasia? It’s assisted suicide.
  8. It was an act of nuclear terrorism on the streets of a major city which put the lives of numerous other members of the public at risk.
  9. Crime – end of the adventure for a pair of golden fugitives.
  10. Secret service sacked in fall-out from prosecutor’s mystery death.
  11. A dynamic film in which the emotional tempo never stops rising.
  12. Heritage – Chaucer for the 21st century: new guide for UK pilgrims.
  13. Officer stashed ammunition at the palace.
  14. It-girl Cara has her cake and tweets it.

Word Count Wednesday 4 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been continuing with the monologues and have written 2,850 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). I should have started NaNoWriMo on Sunday and did actually write 2,051 of those words that day but, while I’m not starting a new project, I should really only count novels I add to. I’m going to return to three works in progress this month and plan to add at least 50,000 words to them so hopefully won’t need the 2,051 in the word count anyway. We shall see.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

For more information About Me as an Author, Mentor, Speaker and my Fiction, Non-fiction, and you can sign up to my Newsletter.