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Friday, 26 October 2012

Weekly Writing - Entering Panic Mode





This time next week NaNoWriMo will have started - AARGH!!!

I have a very very very very very basic plot outline. And I want to brainstorm my protagonist (look at me using fancy words!) at some point between now and the 1st November.Other than that I think I'm as prepared as I'll ever be for my third year NaNo-ing.

That is all there is to report this week. See you at the kick-off! :)



Friday, 19 October 2012

Weekly Writing - Word Counts & Bans


NaNoWriMo is getting scarily close now. I think I’ve come to the decision that throughout November I will cease taking a ‘Writing Sabbath’ each week just so I can try and keep up with the word count.


Speaking of ‘Writing Sabbaths’ James Scott Bell, who wrote about taking a writing Sabbath in his book The Art Of War For Writers, blogged about preparing for NaNoWriMo over on The Kill Zone at the weekend. I’m going to take some of his ideas on board – although I don’t think the getting up half an hour early to write 500 words first thing in the morning will be one of them!

I like my sleep – I know some of the seasoned writers out there might tell me I’ll get nowhere with an attitude like that, but when I get up for work in a morning I am on auto pilot for at least an hour. How I end up looking fairly presentable is beyond me some days. Getting up half an hour earlier will result in me becoming a zombie… and then the apocalypse would begin.

What was I talking about?

Oh yes NaNoWriMo.

I have also decreed that throughout the month of November I will only play on my PS3 once my word count for the day is achieved.

That might not be an incentive to some of you but it is to me as I do like to go and shoot things on there quite a bit (however if the PlayStation Network did not exist I probably wouldn’t be on there as much – but please don’t take it away from me!).

Friday, 12 October 2012

Weekly Writing - Why Do I Do That?

I had an idea the other day (I know – shocking!) and while I was scribbling it down on a piece of paper and then flinging it in to the abyss that is my handbag I had a thought.


Why do I always write ideas down on random bits of paper that then float around my bag for all eternity when I have a perfectly good notebook in the same bag?

I still have no idea why I do it – answers on a postcard in the comments section please!

So NaNoWriMo is edging ever closer. My paranormal urban fantasy idea is still fermenting in my mind… and the sheep are back!

No I haven’t begun to lose my marbles (not quite). I’m talking about Elspeth’s writing sheep that have recently made another appearance on The Blood Red Pencil.

In other news I’m hoping that I might actually have somewhere proper to sit and write soon. This will astound you but I’m actually going to try and move the desk in my room to a decent position so I can actually sit and write at it rather than just use it as a dumping ground for random crap.

Whether or not I will have been able to achieve this miracle in time for the beginning of NaNoWriMo remains to be seen.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Weekly Writing - The Evolution Of Ideas

You remember last week’s Weekly Writing post when I said that I didn’t have much of a plot to the steampunk idea I had? So I was going with the paranormal urban fantasy idea instead?


No? Well if you can go and read about it now if you want – I’ll wait.

You done already? That was fast…

So anyway… since then the steampunk idea has been evolving. But then again so has the paranormal urban fantasy. So given that the latter is more developed I’m going to stick with it for NaNo 2012. I’m just wondering how long after November it will be before the steampunk idea demands to be written.

If I stick to my ‘writing sabbath’ (I don’t write on Fridays) then I should be aiming to write 2000 words a day and finishing on 29th November – what fun! Maybe I should return to writing on Fridays… just for November (not that I’m writing a whole lot the other six days a week, at the moment!).

Speaking of NaNoWriMo there are now web badges available for participants.


And luckily for us Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds has recently posted a list of 25 Things You Should Do Before Starting Your Next Novel.

Better get on with the to do list before November!





Monday, 1 October 2012

NaNoWriMo Countdown



Aha, October is upon us… I think you know what I’m about to tell you…

There are now only
 31 DAYS

until NaNoWriMo 2012 begins!

Are you prepared or are you panicked?