Thursday 27 October 2016

Just asked my usual word count question on SCBWI

Just before I start writing a new MS, I usually ask how many words to aim for in it.

A little while ago I asked and someone pointed me to this site that had them all written down for me.

Silly me forgot where I saved the URL to so I asked on SCBWI if anyone could point me in the right direction and one of the members there pointed me to wordcount-dracular page which I looked at and I now know that 'Kiss your cares away' (my NaNo novel) will be 50k words long and 1k words per chapter.

That being said, it means that I have to write 2 chapters a day at the very least, but I'm hoping to write 4 chapters as often as I can during November, then I'll have December off and write 'Don't bother' in January 2017 and take it from there!

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Maverick rejected my MS this afternoon, so...

Maverick rejected a MS that I sent them back in August, so I've just sent Disability Roolz and 4 PB's to United Agents.  It's another one I can mark off, got another 24 left so it'll keep me going for a while!

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Found the novel I thought I'd lost

It's a novella called 'kiss your cares away' - I was getting confuzzled between that one and my post NaNo novel that I've only planned out so far.  I can stop getting flustered about it now!  Yay!

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Review of Opal Moonbaby

Just finished listening to an amazing book that I found out about from someone on SCBWI

The author has an awesome imagination and an incredible way with words.  It started off a bit slow and weird but after a couple of chapters I really got into it and wanted to know what would happen next.

There was an emotional chapter close to the end and because it was so well written I thought I was going to let an accidental tear slip out of my eye.

A definite must read/listen to and there are other books by the same author... just got to find out which one comes next!

Sunday 16 October 2016

Don't read if there are small eyes close to you

I'll just be ranting so there will probably be a lot of swearing in this, so if you've got small eyes reading this, close it down until they are out of the room.

I could have sworn I wrote a novel and finished it at the end of September.

I even kept a daily word count on this blog.

Just tried to find it and it's vanished!

It's not on my laptop.

It's not on One Drive.

It's not in the recycle bin and it's not on my external hard drive either!

Means that I'll have to write the whole damn thing again after NaNo!

I've had enough of this happening to me - it's not the first fucking time and it prolly won't be the last but it takes the piss!

Don't suppose any of you have a copy of "Because I said so" that I emailed to you at some point do you?  I know it's a very long shot, but I'm willing to try and get even a small amount of it back right now!

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Edit 1 of yesterdays ER done and dusted

Just sent off edit 1 of yesterday's ER to check my accuracy in the MS then I'll start on the editing just before NaNo.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Just finished the early reader

Written just gone 2k words this afternoon in the ER so I'm gonna head to bed now and I'm not planning on waking up until gone 9am tomorrow.

Nite nite!

Monday 10 October 2016

Gonna be writing another Early Reader tomorrow, thanks to...

I'm gonna be writing about Dyslexia tomorrow and I already know the MC's name which is a new one for me!  lol

It's things like that which make the annual membership fee at SCBWI worthwhile for me... I can have a vague idea of the story (Dyslexia) then post it asking for help and within a few hours I've got it all planned out ready for writing!

It's not cheap but it's so worth it for things like this!

Saturday 8 October 2016

Finished Adam's Adventure and renamed it now

Just finished writing the ER after pondering on it for 2 days and I've decided to rename it to "Adam at school" because I couldn't think of a safe adventure he could go on alone!

Pondering on basing my next ER on a child with special needs next... gotta do some basic research first though!

Thursday 6 October 2016

Only written 10% of Adam's Adventure today

Didn't even start writing until 4pm today, so I'm going to have an early night now and aim to finish it off tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday 4 October 2016

That's my first Early Reader MS written

Exactly 2k words written today and I'm meeting up with a friend tomorrow for my birthday so I'll be able to distance myself from the ER then I'll write another one on Thursday and I'm hoping to write at least one ER every 2 days until the middle of October, have the last couple of weeks of October off from writing and trying to get into a new MC's head ready for NaNo on 1st November!

The power of books

Just finished listening to an Audible book and my mood is a lot better now, thankfully!

I'm going to write my first Early Reader now and make it 2k words instead of the 500 I've been writing up to now!  lol

Renamed my Early Readers to Easy Readers

Just the file names, but I learnt yesterday that there is a difference between the word counts of Easy Readers and Early Readers.  I've been writing Easy Readers up to now but I'm going to write an Early Reader today.

Need to get in a better mood first though, or it'll all come out in my writing instead  :-(

Monday 3 October 2016

ER for October

If I forget what the Early Reader WIP is about, can someone remind me tomorrow that it's about a new boy joining a primary school half way through the term please?

It's official...

My 2016 NaNoWriMo novel, "That's magic", is on the NaNo site ready for me to make a start on 1 November!

Gonna write an Early Reader instead of a novel for the rest of October in preparation for NaNo and I'll write "Because I said so" after that.

Sunday 2 October 2016

Slush pile challenge

Just emailed my submission to SCBWI's Slushpile challenge... wish me luck!

What's the word count for YYA novels please?

I've got 92k words planned out but I was hoping for about 100k.

Should I forget the other 8k or plan another 4 chapters somewhere?