Juggling

Ever since I committed to Nanowrimo in November last year I have discovered a whole new side to my writing life.  Before November I was promising myself endlessly that I would write, yet managing very successfully to fill my days and weeks with everything other than writing.  I know that getting easily distracted is a common theme among writers of all levels of experience, from newbys through to those authors who have already reached starry heights.  It’s probably also the case that there are as many top tips for getting those words on the page as there are writers.  But…

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Hitting the target

With the arrival of December I can say farewell to Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) until next year.  It’s been a great experience and I’m delighted to report that I completed just over 32,000 words – thus hitting my own personal target.  For the writers out there who haven’t tried Nanowrimo, or anything similar, then it’s worth considering next year.  If you’re keen you don’t have to wait until next November as there is also Camp Nanowrimo which runs in the summer.  This gives you an opportunity to write with others within a virtual writing group. Of course, it’s not for…

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The half way mark!

We have reached the half-way mark in the month of November and I have also reached half-way through my target for Nanowrimo.  The idea behind National Novel Writing Month is to write 50,000 words in a month towards the goal of a completed novel.  Well, I expect to fall well short of that word count, but I have set myself my own personal target of 30,000 words to add to the 50,000 I had written before Nanowrimo started.  I am pleased to report that I have managed around 16,000 words so far this month, so the signs are positive. It’s…

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A little help from our friends

Will and determination are all well and good, but sometimes we all need a little encouragement.  That’s why I have decided to take part in ‘Nanowrimo’ this year.  For those of you who have never heard of it, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo almost trips off the tongue) is a website that offers support to budding writers by encouraging them to write 50,000 words towards their novel during the month of November. Once you sign up you have access to other authors, forums and useful writing tips all designed to help you remain focused and keep up with a steady…

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Drilling for gold

When you write fiction you literally have the world at the end of your pen (or computer keyboard).  You can choose to construct characters who are not like anyone you have ever met.  They may not even be human.  Your plot can be as complex as a journey across the universe, or as simple as afternoon tea on the riverbank.  Your aim with every word you write is to take the reader to another place, to help them to escape from their everyday world for just a few minutes, or a few hours.  You are giving them the chance to…

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