I had intended to post a book giveaway this week, but the book fairy only just delivered my author copies, so instead I’m going to do a blatant filler post of awesome stuff that’s happened this November 🙂
So, I’m even later posting this week than I was last week, mostly because of my day-job. Turns out our team is being relocated to the institute with which we’ve collaborating for over a decade, and whilst physically that’s barely 100 yards, psychologically it’s a big deal because it means reapplying for my current position plus overseeing my team’s transfer. I’m pretty confident of staying in my job, but it requires lots of meetings & discussions and has thus been taking my focus away from my writing. So…
Right now I’m behind and struggling. I’ve gone back and filled in a couple of scenes I skipped, which helped keep the words flowing, but I’m rapidly reaching the point where I’m trying to make up new plot without any idea of what’s going on. I have this annoying feeling that a plot breakthrough could be right around the corner if only I press on, so that’s my current strategy. Keep on keeping on – because that’s the only way a book gets written.
I’m posting this a bit later than planned, because my cold has worsened since I went back to work and I’ve not been getting much sleep. Still, a pro soldiers on even when they don’t feel like writing!
This week’s been one of ups and downs, kind of like last week: I had a great weekend and even a great Monday, clocking up nearly 7k in 3 days, but then the lack of sleep turned that lead into a deficit. On the plus side, on my low/zero writing days I had some interesting epiphanies about my characters, plot and worldbuilding, which I hope will translate into more outline when I’m feeling slightly less crap.
I took a sick day today and, thanks to an important conversation between my two lead characters that I’d been looking forward to writing since I planned out the backstory, I racked up almost 2k without really trying, bringing me close to being back on track to hit 50k by the end of the month. I won’t say “finish” because I won’t have reached the end of the book by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ll have a substantial chunk of it.
The World Fantasy Convention came to the UK this year for the first time in a couple of decades, and expectations were high, especially since US authors were coming over to meet fans, promote their latest books or just see a bit of the UK alongside their convention schedule. Given that I registered back in 2011 when tickets first went on sale, you can imagine I was pretty excited by the time November came around! Read more
So, it’s been 7 days (today is the 8th, but I’m writing this first thing in the morning), my first full week of NaNoWriMo, and I bet you’re all wondering how it’s going. No? Well I’m going to tell you anyway. Read more
Seven years ago to the day I embarked on my very first NaNoWriMo, in a desperate attempt to get over the 25k hump* that had been dogging me for several years. What I ended up with was a crude 50,000-word sketch of a novel, but one with characters and a setting that I loved enough to spend the next four years revising it into something saleable: The Alchemist of Souls.
The trilogy spawned by that first gloriously satisfying NaNoWriMo is now complete and published, so I felt it only fitting that I should use this year’s “30 days and nights of literary abandon” to start a brand new project. Read more