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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Practice Makes Perfect

Now I wouldn't really say it was practice, nor would I say it was really a trial run but I just wanted to see how fast I could type once I got going.

So I did a bit of stream of consciousness writing. Mostly irrelevant twaddle about work, NaNoWriMo and what I'm reading at the moment. But I thought that stream of consciousness writing would be close enough to my writing speed once I got in the 'zone'.

So in thirty four minutes I manged to write eight hundred and ten words, before my dinner (tea) was ready. So at that speed to write the target of 1,700 [ish] words a day it would take me about an hour and twenty to thirty minutes. Which means I should have quite a bit of catch up time at the weekends should I, for whatever reason, fail to reach my target during the week. We all have off days...so I'm preparing for the possibility that I have one or two slap bang in the middle of NaNoWriMo.

Less than a week to go...I am both excited and mildly terrified. I know I'm unlikely to be alone in that.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


From 1st November 2010 until the 30th November 2010 I won't be able to blog quite so much as I am taking part in NaNoWriMo. However I will be giving an update of my progress once a week.

So I won't even be doing any research as the focus is to get the words down on paper...or the screen as it were.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

I Want One!

This is a slight diversion from what this blog is supposed to be about but it is relevant in a way.

I like the TV series Castle which is about a crime novelist who helps out the NYPD solving crimes. Nathan Fillion plays the title character, Richard Castle.

In the first series he got himself a Kevlar vest like the ones the police wear. Only his had something different written on it...

Can you spot which one he is?

I would have no occasion to wear a Kevlar vest but...I want one!!!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Research And Planning Continues

I have just watched another episode of The Victorians this one centered around the home and morality, which gave me some good snippets of information that I could slip in to my novel somewhere.

Also had a quick review of my main character's family's birth years to make sure their ages fit with which year it was, and when they had children etc. For instance my main character's Uncle got remarried in the past and had another child. However the new wife already had a couple of children the same age as my main character. So I had to make sure that she would have been old enough to have children/young enough to still be able to have children.

I also plan sometime soon to have a practice at getting 1,700 words typed in a day [for NaNoWriMo] with a bit of stream of consciousness writing. I plan to do this after I come home from work to see if I can get it done in that time, otherwise I will probably find myself spending my weekends catching up with my word count.

I am finding it difficult to sit down and plan out the events that happen in my novel, which I hopefully will find a lot easier once I have a first draft, which I will hopefully have come December.

As part of my research I have been reading some of a series of books which I will do a little review on once I've finished reading the ones I have [4 in total, am on second one but they aren't very long].

And I haven't forgotten that I mentioned in one of my first posts that I would do a post on the Steampunk genre. But that will probably have to wait until December now, while my first draft is left to simmer for a bit.

Friday, 15 October 2010

To Post Or Not To Post?

I have always been a little wary about posting my work online. Reasons include the fact that said work may then  be classed as having been published. And some publishers/publications won't take previously published work. The other reason is that I am slightly paranoid that someone will read it, plagiarise it and (presuming it is any good) make money out of it. Although I suppose I could then sue them and make lots of money that way! ;-)

Anyway I was thinking if that is the case maybe I should post some of the fan fiction kind of stories I have written. For instance once I have edited the Wacky Races story I mentioned in my last post, I could post that on here. Or my Cruella De Ville one from the other week.

And that way I can save other stories for possible future publication elsewhere.

And so readers it's over to you - what do you think?

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A Wacky Short Story

I have just written a short piece - about 600 words inspired by that classic cartoon series - The Wacky Races

 It's kind of told from Dick Dastardly's point of view just before a race. His thoughts and opinions of the other participants.

I've done it so unless you already know it is about The Wacky Races you don't really realise until the end that it is. I've not used the characters whole names so it just hints at which character is which.

 I haven't been writing a great deal of late because I'm trying to get other things done before NaNoWriMo starts up.

 But I had this idea and it just had to be written!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

A Bit of Background Research...and NaNoWriMo is Fast Approaching!

I have just watched and made notes on an episode of The Victorians presented by Jeremy Paxman. Whereas Victorian Farm and Victorian Pharmacy focus on specific areas of Victorian life, this series gives more general information that I can use to show what was happening out there in the world away from where my novel takes place...which is a generally fictional area within Victorian England.

I got some good snippets of information I can use from this one...one down three to go.

And now NaNoWriMo is less than a month away! :-S

I am excited about it...getting a first draft complete...but the prospect of writing at least 1,700 words a day, every day during November is a little daunting...all right down right terrifying.

I have decided that during November I will only be doing NaNoWriMo. Nothing else. I will post my word count on here, possibly daily, so you can follow my progress. And I will probably post on my other blog once a week with my word total. But other than that everything else will have to come to a halt.

Not that it is racing to get anywhere at the moment!