Extreme writing challenge – how did I do?

How not to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) One month. 50,000 words. That's how it's supposed to be done. But, me being me, I opted to do it differently. I tried to tackle the 23 chapters that still needed editing.  How did I get on? 28,000 new words. Almost as many revised ones. So, …

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The house that NaNoWriMo built

Last year, like many good folk, I ‘won’ NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, where the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days - a small novel for some, about half a novel for me). It was a very hollow victory, despite resounding initial success. I went in with a detailed plan. Despite the …

Winning stories, podium places and feedback: Part two: Angry Hourglass

In a continuation of collating winning stories, podium placing and feedback, I've trawled through some of the old flash fiction competitions. This post is dedicated to the world of the Angry Hourglass, run by LadyHazmat/ Dr Rebecca, pathologist, writer and good friend to flash fiction. Angry Hourglass allowed longer word counts than many other flash …

Winning stories, podium places and feedback: Part one : Flash! Friday

In an attempt to tidy up, I thought it would be good to go through some of the old competitions and post winning stories, podium places or feedback. Partially to remind myself that once upon a time I produced winning work on a regular basis that others enjoyed. I loved the challenge of pitting myself …

A very personal (and impossibly hard) book review: The Tongues of Men or Angels, by Jonathan Trigell

This is a very belated review of the Tongues of Men or Angels, by Jonathan Trigell. I have put this off for three years, because I knew what a challenge it would be to write. I won't feel that bad though as Trigell's story took two thousand years to write. This review/blog contains some mild …

The process of editing a novel (a.k.a the hardest yet most rewarding thing you can do as a writer)

The draft novel is finished. What now? Almost two years ago, I wrote a post explaining how I took zero words and managed to produce the first draft of a novel. I spent my entire life aspiring to do this almost impossible thing. Life is busy, hectic, full of responsibilities and serious stuff going on--but …

Month Two – report

Yes, I'm doing a brave thing and going back to my resolutions to report on progress. I had a list of 'do more' and 'do less'. One month in, I've rated progress using the amazing five tick/check system.   More: READ MORE BOOKS; I’M AIMING FOR ABOUT 30 THIS YEAR. √√√√√ Seven books finished in …