Word Count Wednesday 3 Feb

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again.

I’ve been editing a serial killer novel I wrote ages ago which will take me a while so probably a zero word count for at least a couple of these WCWs, which is fine. My muse has been a little distant these past few months so I’m hoping this’ll entice her (or him!) back. 🙂

How have you been getting on? 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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BeaconLit Fourth Year 500-word comp Round 5 – Dec 2020 winners announced (and February’s open!)

And the BeaconLit three for December are…

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On the day that January rolls over to February (Theme: Better To Have Loved And Lost), we are delighted to announce the top three stories from December’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Big Black Boots with High Cotton Tops
  • Black and Red Promises
  • Party Boy

The theme for December was ‘The Fake Santa’. The three top stories will now go through to the final judging and the top ten prize-winning authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2021 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 10th July (fingers crossed!). The results will also be listed here and on the main website (link below) and the winners contacted.

There are often more than three stories that could have made the top three but those that did were either closer to the theme or stronger (provoked…

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 29 Jan

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. Tuesday style
  2. A profile photo of an elderly man
  3. EASILY
  4. The hunt is on
  5. Shock, horror, woman swears
  6. Rocker stages attic sit-in over mortgage row
  7. ‘Have your brightest summer yet’
  8. Extraordinary
  9. Half the world bleeds. Get over it
  10. SPECTACULAR
  11. Pretty in purple
  12. Free speech
  13. Dead convenient
  14. Fashion face-off
  15. The world’s highest tide
  16. Jack in Business
  17. Airport shops

Word Count Wednesday 27 Jan

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again.

Another zero from me but only because I’ve been busy with work. I’ve finished for the month so I’m hoping to have something for next week. I know, I should try harder. 🙂

How have you been getting on? 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 22 Jan

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. Designed to be different
  2. Healthy
  3. R
  4. Crossword
  5. Mindy
  6. A picture of a suitcase and a travel bag, with the text: Leaving on a Jet Plane
  7. See it now
  8. Good
  9. Soap
  10. Victoria
  11. Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015
  12. Two Greedy Italians
  13. Together
  14. Meet the producers
  15. Weekend menu
  16. Service with a smile
  17. Hammond
  18. HELP
  19. Waitrose Weekend

Word Count Wednesday 20 Jan

Good morning. Yes, it’s Wednesday already!

Another big fat zero this past week (last Wednesday to last night). Apart from having been busy with work work, and other things, I’m lacking the motivation. Editing others’ novels usually inspires me to get cracking with my own but alas, not at the moment.

2020 has knocked out some of my stuffing and I’m struggling to regain the inspiration to do any writing, even the fun stuff. I’m ahead with some work projects so I’m hoping to have a few days before needing to move onto February’s deadlines and I’m keeping everything crossed that that will help.

So, if you’re struggling, for whatever reason, take heart that you’re not alone.

How have you been getting on? 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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Jan 2021 100-word competition prompt

Hello everyone. A quick note to say that this month’s competition prompt (Before the shot was fired…) is a sentence START.

One, two max, word/s before it is fine but not at the end (or in the middle) of a sentence. I’m going through the entries so far and some have been disqualified – including three from one author – for this reason.

‘sentence start’ is mentioned twice on the 100-word competition page (at the top and on the themes section), on the entry form, plus on the countdown right-hand strip (until it’s updated on 1st February). Sorry if it’s too late for you for this month but I thought I should clarify this to avoid any other incorrect entries.

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 15 Jan

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. Win!
  2. Travel cots
  3. BIKINI
  4. ‘I’d rather have no news than bad news, as we still have hope’
  5. 15 August SATURDAY
  6. Laying it on the line
  7. Big stories on the small screen
  8. It’s surprising how much sticks
  9. Beautiful hair
  10. ‘I have to believe Claudia is out there somewhere’
  11. Unruffled by data breach
  12. Surprise you today
  13. Fresh prints pull off this season’s boldest trend
  14. Over
  15. Cook with the kids

Word Count Wednesday 13 Jan

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again.

Another zero for me. Good intentions and all that but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully next time.

How have you been getting on? 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.