Wednesday 31 August 2016

Wrote an Early Reader (aka ER) this morning

Saw a Facebook post aimed at people who work with children about how you should love and encourage children.

It inspired me to write an ER from a child's perspective and hopefully they read it to will get something out of it to.

It's very much a first draft right now, it's just the title I need help with - do you fancy helping me?

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Steve's got back from his assessment, and...

it sounds like, if the government take the assessors comments into account, Steve's got the PIP sorted out!

Apparently they didn't even need to examine him because they could see how much help he needed just by walking in with his frame.

Just waiting for him to get his ESA now then that's him sorted too!


Monday 29 August 2016

Another creative day today!

Just put the final full stop in the second ER today - not bad going I reckon!

Means I can spend tomorrow vegging out in front of the telly to get out of all the characters heads then plan another novel out on Wednesday and start writing it on Thursday in preparation for another month of writing in preparation for NaNo in November.

I can so do this!

Today and tomorrow

Now that I've finished the sci-fi novella, I'm going to spend today and tomorrow writing a couple of early readers.  Almost finished the first draft of the first ER, then I'll spend tomorrow writing the second ER.

I'll give myself Wednesday off to get out of the head's of the main characters then start editing the MSs I've written since my last edit-athon!

Wish me luck!  lol

Sunday 28 August 2016


That's the sci-fi novella finished!

Next up:  an early reader

Any ideas for things I could write 550 words about?  What do 5-7 year olds enjoy reading about?

Saturday 27 August 2016

9 down, 2 to go

Just doubled chapters 8 and 9 so I've only got another 2k words to write in 2 chapters then the novella is finished!


Friday 26 August 2016

That's 3 chapters doubled today

Good going even if I do say so myself!

I worked on chapters 5, 6 and 7 today so I'm going to have a shower then treat myself to a J2O and a vegetable tea, then head to bed nice and early.

It's just gone 4pm right now and I've added 3k words today.

I'm going to celebrate now.

Good going by me!

Already doubled the word count in chapter 5 and it's not even lunchtime yet!

Going to attempt to increase the word count in chapter 6, then I'll have a celebratory bath!  lol

Thursday 25 August 2016

That's chapter 4 doubled too

Finished doubling chapter 4 now and just introduced Robota and Bobby has got himself out of detention so I'll work on chapter 5 tomorrow now!

Wednesday 24 August 2016

3 down, 8 to go

Just doubled chapter 3 while listening to an audiobook.  A week tomorrow and it'll be finished, but I realised this morning that I'm not intending on sending it out to be published, it's not good enough for that, but I'm just writing it for myself so it doesn't matter how many words it finishes at, it's just my first attempt at sci-fi is all.

Tuesday 23 August 2016

That's the second chapter doubled

Just doubled the wordcount for the second of the eleven chapters.  Should I attempt to double the third chapter too today, or leave it be until tomorrow?

Monday 22 August 2016

Doubled the length of the first chapter so far...

Not bad going, I reckon!  At least an extra 1k a day will take it up to 22k and I'll make it into a short short story instead of a novella otherwise I'll have to take it up to 50k which is more than 4 times longer and I'll never eek 50k words out of my first ever sci-fi MS!

It's purely for my benefit though, I doubt very much I'll send it anywhere for publication... it's just not something I enjoy writing is all!  I much prefer realistic and fantasy!

3rr0r c0d3 is ready for being added to this week

Gonna work on 3RR0R C0D3 this week.

It's currently 11,030 so I'm gonna try and at least double it this week and put in 2,000 per chapter instead of the current 1,000.

 Wish me luck!

Saturday 20 August 2016

Just written an early reader

Not bad going... been writing every day for the last 18 days now!

Friday 19 August 2016

40k words in 17 days

Just put the final full stop in the MS I started writing on 2nd August so I've written exactly 40k words in 17 days!  Yay!

Going to treat myself to a small bottle of J2O now in celebration of that final full stop in my first draft.

Writing plans today

I've got 2 plans for my writing today

First is to finish of Tales from Camp Cryptid - not bad going to write 40k words in less than a month.

Second is to plan out an ER about Y2 SATs... I'm hoping it'll help rather than petrify the young readers!

Thursday 18 August 2016

That's chapter 19 written

Just got 2k words to write tomorrow and I'll have written 40k in 19 days!  Not bad considering!

I'll have the weekend off then try fleshing out the sci-fi novella next week.  I'm not so worried about that though 'cos it's just for my benefit, I won't send it to agents or anything like that, it's very much for my own experimentation just to see what I thought to reading and writing it for the first time in my life.

Going to treat myself to listening to an audiobook now and might even crack open a J2O to celebrate!

Two chapters to go, so...

I've got chapters 19 and 20 left to write so I can almost guarantee I'll be finished tomorrow now!

I'll give myself the weekend off then try and write a bit more of the sci-fi novella next week... wish me luck!

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Three chapters left to write

Wrote another chapter this afternoon so I've now got 6k words left to write and it'll be finished.

40k words in 20 days is pretty good ain't it?

After I've finished my current WIP I'll try re-writing the novella next week to try and double the word count.  I'm not expecting that it'll be published 'cos it's not good enough to sub but I know now that I can't do sci-fi so it's just for my benefit is all.

Monday 15 August 2016

That's another 2k words written

Only another 4 chapters with 2k words per chapter, so 8k words, left to write and I'm right on track for writing the final word in the novel on Friday.

Not bad eh?

Sunday 14 August 2016

Still a day ahead of the target

Just finished chapter 15 and 30k words in less than 2 weeks.

Only another 5 days at 2k words a day and I'll have finished it!


Saturday 13 August 2016

Another 4k words written today

I was only intending on writing chapter 13 today but I finished that at just gone 3pm so decided to write chapter 14 as well.

Just finished writing it and I'm really proud of myself... 4k words in about 12 hours, not bad at all!

Chapter 13 written already!

I've just finished writing chapter 13 and I'm about to make a start on chapter 14 so that I can be a day ahead of myself and I'll be able to meet up with Chris and Hannah tomorrow if they want to come over!

Wednesday 10 August 2016

I'm now half way through

Just finished chapter 10 and there are 20 chapters in 40k words so I'm back on track to finishing now and looking good for finishing it before the end of August... I can do this!

Up to chapter 10 now

I'm right on track with my writing.  2k words a day and it's looking to be finished on the 20th if I keep on top of things!

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Another chapter written so...

I'm going to have me tea then head to bed for an early night for a change.

Started off slowly this morning, but wrote 1,500 after about 2pm and it's just gone 6pm now so that's pretty good going!

Monday 8 August 2016

That's the 4k written, so...

I'm back on track to write 2k words a day again.

I'm going to head to bed in a bit 'cos I'm cream crackered, but I'm back on track after being 2 days behind a week ago!

4k words to write today...

then I'm back on track!

Wish me luck!

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Creative afternoon and evening today!

Had a lazy morning, just watching TV and reading my emails and forums until 2pm and it's now 9.15pm with 2k written.

It definitely is the first and last chapters that are hardest for me to write... I achieved more in 7 hours today than I did in over 12 hours yesterday!

I'm back on track now though so hopefully I'll be able to write as soon as I get back from walking Mitzi tomorrow morning.

Agent Hunter's site: A review

Just had a bit of a play around with the Agent Hunter site and I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.

It lost the last star because you can't search just for one genre or age of target readers like you can in the agents bit.

There are a total of 7 pages of agencies and there are more than 100 agents along with 14 pages of publishers so that's a lot to go through if you can't search for what you want!

It's obviously a new site so hopefully it'll become more user/search friendly soon.

I don't get why there is a £100 difference between the gold and platinum levels of membership though.  I know that the platinum gives you a total review of your submission package, but is it really worth £127 more from such a new site?

I know you may think you need it and it's a worthwhile opportunity, but I wouldn't pay £127 just for that... sorry! 

If the company slashed the platinum price to £50 instead of £145 then I reckon they would get more customers for that!

Also, is the professional editor willing to look over the submission package after you've taken their advice on board?  Maybe they could price the current platinum package at £50 and offer a platinum plus package where the editor will look over the edited package at £25 each time they look over it for you until you're happy with your new package and ready to send it off.

It's a great start, they just need to polish it up a bit more is all.

Tuesday 2 August 2016

That's the first chapter written, so...

I'll be able to write more fluidly until the end of the MS... I'm no good at beginnings or ends of novels and never have been!

Going to use this as a reward for...

Just signed up with Agent Hunter and I'm going to use the site to update my spreadsheet as long as I write at least 2k words a day... wish me luck!

Monday 1 August 2016

Achieved precisely no writing today, other than a PB!

I wrote and submitted for crits a PB this morning but other than that, absolutely no other writing whatsoever!  That means tomorrow will have to be a double day!  !

That's Disability Roolz sent off to...

United Agents open submission day!

Just waiting nervously to find out if anyone wants to take me on and doesn't mind holding my nervous hand!