#WriterWednesday: NaNoWriMo wrap-up

So November is over, and December is here! Man—where did the time go?! I can’t believe that this year is almost over. Seriously, where did the time go?

This means that another NaNoWriMo challenge is wrapped up. Despite some roadblocks, I was able to meet my goal of 50,000 words. Yay!

In the middle of the challenge, I’d started to get stuck in my plot. So I took the time to write out the plot points, characters and traits on slips of paper and arranged them in different ways. Physically seeing the story allowed me to move the parts in the areas I thought they’d serve best. And then the words started flowing again! It’s a little easier to write when you know what your story is about.

So what will December bring for this story? Lots of editing, reshaping, and rewriting, which I really look forward to. For those who participated, what did NaNoWriMo bring you? Did you complete your word count goal? And what’s next?

For those who didn’t do the challenge, what are you working on this month?

How To Write A Book in 30 Days

NaNoWriMo is here! Whoo!!

I’ll be updating my word count later today. I’m really excited about this novel ^__^

The Honest Author

Is it possible to write a book in 30 days? Yes! I’ve done it twice.

With NaNoWriMo coming up I thought it might be good to supplement Becky’s How NOT to write a book in 30 days with a How TO write a book in 30 days post.

A little background on my credentials first …

In the last five years I have written 14 novels (each around 82,000 words). My latest book, Come Back To Me (out in paperback today!), took me 6 weeks to write.

I worked on it full time – about 7 hours a day, knocking out about 6000 words on average a day (an ability to touch-type helps!). I had a deadline from my publisher Pan Macmillan which is why I worked so fast. But actually, all my books take me about 6-8 weeks to write. I am lucky to have a lot of writing and screenwriting…

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#WriterWednesday: How to get started

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A few weeks ago, I was asked on twitter how to get started as a writer. I wasn’t sure what I really could offer to him—I’m not a published author just yet, I haven’t won any awards, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t know that I even exist.

But nonetheless, I was very flattered that this guy had asked me how to get started. And my advice was very generic—just start writing. I had a few other tidbits in there and I’ll cover those in a minute.

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#WriterWednesday: My Writing Process

Hey guys!

Apologies for the very late #WriterWednesday post—I’ve had a very busy day today.

First, NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I can’t wait! Now that that’s out the way…

Today I wanted to share my writing process. It’s very simple really; I usually have an idea, or some vague picture of an idea and I will form something from that. Once I have the important stuff down (genre, characters), I usually like to write in my notebook.

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Adventures in Writing: Part 1

So my plan was to get to bed before dawn. But yet, I find myself typing away on my computer. Again.

But seeing as today is a holiday and I really don’t have much to do, I suppose I could sleep later. I’ve found that unless I’m falling asleep at my computer, or the next day is rather busy, it’s better to write while the ideas are in my head than to wait.

So what am I working on now? Well, I’ve got a BL manuscript for my publisher that I’m working on. If you don’t know what BL is, refer back to my interview with Hamlet Machine.

I’ve been plugging away at it for a while and I’d decided to take a couple of days away from it this weekend. The break was awesome—I got to hang out with friends, got some air and my head feels clear that I can finish it.

And this week, I’ll start writing a feature script, yay! It’s an idea that I’ve had for a while and I’m excited to get started on it. It was an entry I’d submitted for a script challenge, and though I didn’t make the final list, I was invited to write alongside those who were selected. Why not seize this opportunity?

So I have six weeks from start to finish. I was able to complete NaNoWriMo in 30 days, let’s see if I can make this happen in 42. Wish me luck!

Summer Update!

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Hey guys!

How’s everyone’s summer coming along?

Mine is coming along better; I’ve been sick with bronchitis for the past 2 weeks. I’m feeling better now but I’ve still got a mild cough. I think the worse thing—for me—about being sick is that I can’t sing. And coughing. That sucks royally. But I’ve got my voice back—not fully—but it’s better than it was before.

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