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I’m up for the challenge, are you?

Well, as of today, my Camp NaNoWrimo word count is 4,625 and my goal is 10,000 by the end of July. Apparently, I have to write 448 words a day to meet this goal and whilst I may not make this daily goal (term doesn’t end till Wednesday and so my real life begins again on Thursday!), I am absolutely determined to meet my 10,000 words by 31 July.

I am finding that food and wine are helping me, along with lots of lovely music. At the moment, I am listening to Kirsty MacColl. When I listen to her music, I feel both amazed at her beautiful voice and yet so sad because her life was cut so tragically short. I even managed to fit Soho Square into my novel which I hope is a fitting tribute to a wonderful singer and an even lovelier person and mother.

I may have had too much wine tonight 🙂 I have also listened to and been inspired by, Roberta Flack singing ‘Killing me softly with his song’ today. I have listened to this song at least a million times in my life but it inspires me every time 🙂

And finally, I watched a TV documentary we had recorded about Wings and their Wings Across America tour. I loved The Beatles and I loved Wings too and just listening to that talent has inspired me to write more. I had a listen to John Lennon singing ‘Woman’ too, just for good measure. If only we could turn back time…

A Thank You

Thank you to all those people who are now following my blog or who have liked posts I’ve made or made comments themselves. I’m still quite new to all this blogging stuff and have tried to say thank you directly but can’t seem to work out how! So I thought I’d do it via my blog which I do know how to do at least. I am learning it all bit by bit and I expect it to take me quite some time, given my age!! Please do bear with me though and keep on reading.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Midway through July – Camp NaNoWriMo update, amongst other things

Well, it has been really hot recently, to say the least and doing anything at all has required real effort. I have been reading a lot this weekend which requires minimum effort and is my favourite past-time. But finally, it was time for me to write again and at last I have managed it. I am close to 3,000 words now but I will have to write 423 words a day for the rest of the month to meet my goal of 10,000 words. It didn’t seem like a terrible goal when I set it but now it seems IMPOSSIBLE 🙁 I am still working till 24 July and there is so much stuff to do at the end of a school year that I just can’t imagine meeting my goal and I will be so fed up if I don’t meet it.
Anyway, the Office of Letters and Light tweeted a good post today by Holly Black who advised us to take it all one day at a time and to try not to get too bogged down by the goal and perhaps, if we’re really lucky, we’ll meet our goal anyway. I feel a bit glass half full today, as you can probably tell 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It's all Andy Murray's fault!

I had great plans to spend some time writing every day this weekend and then Wimbledon took over my life, just like it used to when I was young and had nothing better to do 🙂 I literally spent all weekend watching the tennis and so had no time left for writing. I am so proud of Andy though and it was such a great occasion that I am really glad we were able to be a part of it. I was also very happy for Ivan Lendl who was my favourite tennis player for all his peak years and it was great to see him ‘win’ at Wimbledon too. So, excuses, excuses, I hear you cry! Well, I am pleased to say that I managed another 500 or so words tonight, bringing my CampNaNoWriMo total to (drum roll please) 1651 words. I have to write an average of 300 odd words a day if I am to reach my goal of 10,000 words by the end of the month. It is hard to keep going when you’re working all day as well but I will try and keep at it, distractions notwithstanding 😉
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Back on again with the novel!

After a bit of a drought, I am back on again with my novel all thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo! I have written over 1,000 words in the last 2 days and I feel confident that I can keep going. I have written over 73,000 words of my novel in total and was dreading writing the ending which is definitely in sight. I am just going to keep writing my 500 or so words a day until the end of term (I am a teacher) and then work really hard in the summer holidays to try and finish my first draft. I hope fellow campers/first novel writers are doing well and feel as inspired as I do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Camp NaNoWriMo

I am all fired up today because I had an email reminding me that Camp NaNoWriMo has started and that I have signed up to write 10,000 words this month! It was just the pep talk I needed and I am going to get cracking on my word count tonight. Have never done this before but I really hope I can make it work for me. If you’re taking part, why not leave me a message and let me know?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s not been a very good writing week

It’s not been a very good writing week this week. I have become mired in internet sites advising me about all the things I need to beware of with self-publishing and as a result, have had no time left to write. I’ve realised that I’m getting ahead of myself and need to concentrate on my story now and spend less time worrying about what I’ll do when I’ve finished it. It is hard to keep focussed though, especially when I’m nearing the end of my story but getting comments on the beginning 🙁 Anyway, hey ho, maybe I’ll get some writing done today.

Hello and welcome

Well today, I finally decided that it was about time to start this blog about my journey from would be writer to published author. I started my new romance novel in April this year and have now written just over 70,000 words. I have been writing almost every day since I started but as I near the end of the story, I am finding it hard to finish. It’s partly to do with how I’m actually going to bring the story to a close but I think it’s also me procrastinating a little. I know that when I do finish, I will have to get down to the even harder process of editing and ultimately, working out how to actually self-publish. Since joining Twitter, I have been bookmarking all the useful websites other people have recommended and I will have to make time to read all this information at some point! But not today…. I’d love to hear from any other aspiring authors and bloggers out there.