Tag: Novel Writing

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

So, I’m at it again! I’ll be NaNoWriMoing again this April, although because this is Camp NaNo as opposed to the main event in November, I’ll be setting myself a lower target of 30,000 words. That’s 1,000 words a day I intend to add to my novel manuscript (currently around 58,000 words!), which I think is nice and doable. However, I am going to be having quite a busy month this month, so we’ll see how it goes! It’s my birthday on the 15th, and so I have a week booked off work, and am going to the Lake District… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 3

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 3

So, it’s Week 3 of NaNoWriMo, and it’s starting to get pretty tough now! I’m still enjoying writing my story, but I’ve come to a tough bit where lots of new characters are being introduced, so I’m finding it more difficult to get into it. That, of course, means I’m less motivated to write, and it’s becoming more of a struggle. Hopefully, once I’ve got passed this difficult part I’ll get my motivation back, but in the mean time I’m pushing on regardless, and am just about keeping my head above water. I haven’t yet slipped behind, although I’ve been only… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo 2017 has passed in a blur, and I’m glad to say, I’ve remained consistently ahead all week. There’s plenty of time for that to change, but I’ve been trying to get ahead in this first week before it starts to become too much of a drag! Oddly, I actually started NaNoWriMo 2017 in McDonald’s: I’d been heading back from my boyfriend’s in the morning and had got caught up in loads of traffic, and so stopped at McDonald’s for some stress-relieving breakfast before I continued my journey. I was feeling pretty pumped about the start of NaNoWriMo, so… Read more »

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My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

Hooray! It’s that time of year again! November is fast approaching, and so millions of writers across the world will be preparing for the month-long writing sprint that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I’ve now done NaNoWriMo twice – firstly in 2014 where I wrote 42,000 words, and last year when I completed the full 50,000 words (plus I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July!) – and so I can personally vouch for just how fun, and rewarding it can be. I love the sense of community it gives, and it has definitely helped me get more… Read more »

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How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

Recently, I seem to be swamped with writing projects. I’ve been trying to working on: My novel. Blog posts for this blog. Blog posts for my freelance writer website. Blog posts to pitch to other websites (to build up my freelance writing portfolio). Short stories for a couple of competitions I want to enter. So, I think it’s safe to say I have a lot on my plate, even if it is all self-inflicted! Because I’ve been trying to juggle so many projects, I’ve been trying to figure out different ways to really maximise my writing time so that I’m… Read more »

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I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

Hooray! I’ve officially completed Camp NaNoWriMo! Whilst I’ve taken part in the November NaNoWriMo a couple of times now (and won once!) I’d never done Camp NaNoWriMo until this year, and hadn’t really known what was different about it compared to regular NaNo. As it turns out, Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own target word count for the month, so I plumped for 25,000 words, as I didn’t want to do anything quite as intensive as NaNoWriMo (especially as I want to do that later on in the year…I don’t think I could do it twice in one… Read more »

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It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

Well, it’s here! It’s officially the 1st of November, and the first day of National Novel Writing Month 2016, or NaNoWriMo for short. All around the world writers will be starting out their novels with the aim of reaching 50,000 words by the end of November, and this year I’m one of them! My last attempt at NaNo was in 2014, where I managed 42,000 words, so I’m crossing my fingers that this year will be my year, and I’ll finally hit that 50,000 word target! Instead of starting a new novel I’m going to try and add 50,000 words… Read more »

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What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

Recently I’ve been writing a fantasy novel, and for the first few thousand words, it went swimmingly. My hands seemed to dance across the keyboard, pouring out words and crafting a world of magic…until suddenly they stopped. And why did they stop? Because I stupidly read it back, that’s why! I read back what I had written, convinced it was going to be inspired, and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like my characters (although I’ve come to hate their names for some reason!), and a lot of the dialogue, but I started to feel like it… Read more »

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Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

I read a lot of writer and author blogs, and one piece of software that continually crops up as a ‘must-have’ for writers, is Scrivener. Whilst it’s essentially just a word processor, it has a range of features that really enhances it for writers (particularly those writing books) which may account for the pretty hefty price tag: Scrivener retails at £34.99 in the Apple Store here in the UK. Intrigued, I decided to download the 30 day free trial offered by Literature and Latte (the company that makes it), to see what it was all about, and whether it’s worth… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

Seen as my blogging has pretty much ground to a halt these past couple of weeks due to my lack of internet, I decided it was time to devote some much needed time to my fiction writing. In my New Year’s Resolution post I wrote about how this year I wanted to start writing a novel, so I felt that now was the perfect time to give it a try. This isn’t my first attempt at novel writing: I’ve been starting (and failing to finish) novels since I was a teenager, and my most recent attempt was in 2014 when… Read more »

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