Category: Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I didn’t win! I’m OK with that though, as I still managed a respectable 40,884 words of my 60,000 word goal, even after really struggling with this story. In my half-way post I said that I was going to have to rewrite the start of the book after going in the wrong direction with it, which I have thankfully now done! I copied and pasted several passages from my original draft (which I noted down and excluded from my Camp Nano word count), but I also completely rewrote a lot of scenes and thankfully,… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

We’re halfway through July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo, and wow is it going badly! I’d hoped to repeat my feat from April where I wrote 60,000 words in a month, but I’m already thinking it’s not going to happen. And it isn’t through lack of time…I’ve been spending so much time on this new project, but it has turned out to be such a struggle! I’ve literally never had so much trouble getting into a project before: I’ve now written 23,802 words of it (21,295 words during Camp NaNoWriMo) and am pretty much going to have to scrap it all because… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

I’ve already done Camp NaNoWriMo this year, but here I am, getting ready to do it again! I was actually pretty successful back in April, surpassing my goal of 60,000 words, which I’m really proud of. The only problem is I now know that it is possible for me to write such huge word counts in a month, so I don’t really have any excuses to not meet the same goal this time! So I’m doing it again! I’m hoping to write 60,000 words in the month of July, but whether or not I can pull off the same feat… Read more »

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I won Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

I won Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

Hooray! I did it! At the start of the month I set myself a pretty crazy Camp NaNoWriMo goal of writing 60,000 words in the month of April, and I’m so happy (and amazed!) that I actually achieved it! In fact, I technically surpassed it, having written 63,096 words in total. Since I’ve only completed the regular 50,000 word NaNoWriMo a couple of times, this is easily the best month of writing I’ve ever had. I was averaging 2,000 words a day, but there was three days during the month where I did no writing (one of them was my… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

It’s the middle of April and the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo 2020, so I thought it was time I did a little update on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. I actually set a pretty crazy goal of adding 60,000 words to my WIP for this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo, fully expecting not to hit that goal. It was more of an incentive to at least make some sort of significant progress on my current project, especially since there isn’t much else to do at the moment because of the lockdown. Well, no one is more surprised than me that I’m actually on… Read more »

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Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

It’s April 2020, the world has gone crazy, and apparently so have I. With the UK officially in lockdown, life feels very weird and scary, especially as I still have to be out and about in public as part of my job (I’m a postwoman, so I’m still out delivering mail and parcels). At times the streets seem kind of eerie, like a ghost town, and at other times it still feels like there’s far too many people out and about, and it makes you feel kind of panicky knowing you need to keep your distance. And let’s not even… Read more »

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My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

We’re now halfway through October, and NaNoWriMo is creeping up on us, which means I’m busy making plans! I’ve decided to be something of a NaNo rebel this year though, and am not writing a novel. Instead I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words worth of short stories instead. Right now I’m not sure if it’s going to be easier or harder, as on one hand I have to keep coming up with ideas, but also I surely shouldn’t get bored with my project? I did sucessfully write 30,000 words of short stories for a Camp NaNoWriMo a while… Read more »

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How To Prepare for NaNoWriMo

How To Prepare for NaNoWriMo

November is nearly here, and with it NaNoWriMo, the yearly event where us writers all go a little mad and attempt to write 50,000 words in a month. It’s an amazing event to take part in, but let’s face it: it’s hard. 1,667 words a day might not sound like a lot on surface, but every day for an entire month…that’s a lot of words, and a lot of time you have to dedicate whilst normal life goes on around it. I know from experience that it’s so easy to become derailed halfway through the month, and it can start… Read more »

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I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

So a while ago I mentioned in one of my Life Lately posts that I had entered the Summer Writing Contest 2019 that is jointly run by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. The theme of the competition was ‘One Room’, which made for a tough challenge, but I had so much fun writing my story! And I just found out the other day that I was one of two runners-up, which is so exciting! My story The Darkness of Space is being featured on Short Fiction Break today, so if you’re interested you can check it out here…. Read more »

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Life Lately #32

Life Lately #32

Happy May everyone! I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the year already! Crazy! This month, in particular, seems to have flown by, as I’ve have had quite a bit of time off work (which always makes time go faster!). As well as the Easter bank holidays I also had a week’s annual leave from work in honour of my birthday! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my actual birthday week off, so ended up spending my birthday at work (fun times!), but I did plenty of nice things in lieu of it the following week whilst I was off. I had… Read more »

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