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
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 Love - So You Think You Can Write 2013 When I stumbled across this writing contest last year and met so many wonderful writer friends and mentors, little did I know I'd be entering my own manuscript into the competition this time around. The top prize in the contest is a publishing contract … Continue reading Time for Love – So You Think You Can Write 2013
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?
I've been steadily working on editing The Gateway these past few days, now that things have calmed down on the home front. I've even been able to work a little on my studies, slotting in a bit here and a bit there. Although it's quite possible I've overdone it slightly, trying to squeeze daily tasks … Continue reading Progress update and news
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