Planning and preparation for novel number three underway

As some of you know, in October 2012 I embarked upon a new adventure when I left the world of Monday to Friday, nine-to-five, in favour of becoming a full-time mother, and writing at every available opportunity (usually when my daughter slept, which gave me a good two and a half hours each day). In November … Continue reading Planning and preparation for novel number three underway

Another NaNo win, another novel

Last Friday, 29th November, I was delighted to cross the National Novel Writing Month finish-line at 10:50pm - on a Friday - when most other people my age were down the pub, or spending time with their families and partners. Our kitchen was being decorated over the weekend, and I needed to keep little Miss Chapman out of … Continue reading Another NaNo win, another novel

It’s only a first draft

For those that don't know, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It's day eleven, and I'm currently at just over 18,000 words. Totally on target, and I haven't even written anything today. So why am I not feeling the enthusiasm and excitement that I felt last year? Is it … Continue reading It’s only a first draft

Time for… an update

Well, I didn't make the top 50 in the contest for So You Think You Can Write. These past few weeks have been both exciting and stressful as I've pushed myself to finish the third draft of newly titled Time for Love - formerly The Gateway, and then plummeted down from an intense high when … Continue reading Time for… an update

Has it really been a year?

A year has passed since I gave notice to leave my safe, full-time, permanent position as a customer service executive, to concentrate on bringing up my young daughter and focus on building my writing career. This morning, I've been looking back on what's passed in this last year as I head towards the end of … Continue reading Has it really been a year?

Excerpt from The Gateway – Page 77, first 7 lines

A fellow author friend tagged me in a post today for us to help share our work. The idea is that you share the first 7 lines of either page 7 or page 77 of your manuscript, then tag 7 other authors to do the same. I can't follow suit via my Facebook page so I won't be tagging anyone, but … Continue reading Excerpt from The Gateway – Page 77, first 7 lines

The best decision I made

For each day that goes by, I don't regret my decision to leave my 9-5 office job to look after my daughter full-time and focus on writing in my spare time. I don't even know where I found the time to do anything else after being at work all day and still had a family … Continue reading The best decision I made

Another pep talk and some headway

NaNoWriMo's done something to me. After all the hype and productivity and cameraderie, I feel as though I'm floating around not really sure what to do with myself. My focus this month was going to be on sending out articles and queries (which I have been doing) while sitting on my completed novel until the new year, when I can look at … Continue reading Another pep talk and some headway

I have joined the NaNoWriMo winner’s circle!

It's official, I have actually crossed the finish line and completed my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo novel within 30 days. For those of you who want to know how I did it; not only have I been writing furiously alongside #NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, snatching sessions when I can, I've even taken to writing on my smart phone … Continue reading I have joined the NaNoWriMo winner’s circle!

A flagging mess, a sore throat and a pep-talk

Oh, bugger this. I have just sat down to work on my novel - instead I find myself drawn to writing a blog post about it instead. Two days ago, I blasted through 40,000 words. Then as I slowed to a halt at around 43k, I realised that I already had the ending worked out and … Continue reading A flagging mess, a sore throat and a pep-talk