NaNoWriMo 2016 – and so it begins … Day One

Today I started NaNoWriMo 2016. I’m going to be a NaNoReBel this year. I’m using the time to finish a draft of Catch the Rainbow, a book that’s taken me an inordinate amount of time to complete. I’m going to stick with the target word-count of 50,000 words, which should bring my overall total close to 80,000 words – not bad for a first draft. So, wish me luck. Join in if you like. And bear with me while I […]

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Challenge: Write a novel in 7 days or 10 days

Recently, I discovered the books, the website and the writing methods of Dean Wesley Smith. He’s a very prolific writer who writes some of the Star Trek novels, Spider Man novels, Men in Black, X-Men, as well as his own novels, short stories and serials. Further investigation reveals that the 7-day novel isn’t actually a full novel length, more a novella length of around 42,000 words. The 10-day novel chronicles the time he spent ghosting a novel. But hey, 42,000 […]

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Writer at Work- writing CATCH THE RAINBOW: characters

I’m currently typing CATCH THE RAINBOW onto Scrivener, the writing software I wish I’d discovered 30 years ago. I’m loving all of the gimmicks and gadgets that help to make the writing fun, interesting and motivating. Yesterday I moved a few scenes around using index cards … and there they were already moved in the text part of the story too. All I had to do was change the scene numbers. I can move different scenes into different chapters at the […]

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Two books now available on Kindle

I’m delighted to announce that not one but TWO of my re-branded, re-packaged and re-published books are now available in the Kindle store on Amazon. This is one (or two!) of the things I’ve been working on recently. NIGHT CRAWLER: A MARCIE CRAIG MYSTERY and TWEE TALES are now available, on Kindle, for £2.99 and £1.99 respectively. If you click on the covers, you’ll be taken directly to the Kindle store. But if you’re in a different country, still follow the […]

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Back into the groove

You know when the schedule’s starting to work again when you get an extra 10 – 20 minutes in which to do whatever you want. Some people may re-jig their schedule as they can probably squeeze something extra into that extra time. But I prefer to reward myself for being busy because, otherwise, I just may burn out. Today, I’m writing an extra blog post! 🙂 (Lucky you lot!) The diary has had a bit of a re-jig today and […]

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Catch the Rainbow

Whilst editing Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book 3, I came across this post (now no longer available online). As it sums up exactly what Catch the Rainbow is all about, I’m going to leave it here for now, as a taster and to remind me … Catch the Rainbow 31 March 2007 On 21 November 1974, explosions ripped through 2 city centre pubs in Birmingham, killing 21, and everyone blamed the IRA. After the initial shock wore off there was outrage – […]

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Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – paperback now available on Amazon!

I promised I’d let you know when Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery (the paperback) was available outside of Lulu. Amazon were once again first off the blocks within only a few days. It’s available here for £7.99 + delivery if you’re not a Prime customer or if you don’t spend £20. Or you can get it from Lulu, here, also for £7.99 + p&p. If you Google your favourite book store, many are showing up as not available yet, but […]

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Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – now available in PAPERBACK!

Well, I told you we’d been busy … I’m delighted to announce that  Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery is now available in paperback – and it’s EARLY too, as I promised it would be ready 3 months after the hardback and that was published on 2 February. So I’m feeling very smug about that. You can only get hold of this paperback book from Lulu at the moment, where the price is £7.99 + p&p. As soon as it’s reached the other […]

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Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – hardback now available everywhere!

I promised I’d let you know when Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery (the hardback) was available outside of Lulu. Amazon were the first off the blocks within only a few days. It’s available here for £15.99 + delivery if you’re not a Prime customer or if you don’t spend £20. However, it’s also available at the Book Depository, here, for £15.99 plus FREE delivery WORLDWIDE. Or you can still get it from Lulu, here, for £15.99 + p&p.

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*RE*PUBLICATION DAY – Twee Tales

I expect you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. But I can assure you that I’ve been quite busy … and so has the poet. But here is one of the things we’ve been working on. Twee Tales by Diane Parkin has been republished and repackaged as Twee Tales by Diane Wordsworth. I’m retiring the original print copies now and the ebook should be out in about 3 months. Then I’ll retire the old ebook too. You can […]

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*RE*PUBLICATION DAY – Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery

We’re a few days late – the book was due out on Friday, but we had some cover issues – but here it is, finally. Night Crawler, republished and repackaged as Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery by Diane Wordsworth. I’m retiring the original print copies now and the paperback should be out in about 3 months. Then I’ll retire the ebooks, and the new ebooks will follow. You can only get hold of this hardback book from Lulu at […]

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Author interview: Sarah Stephenson

I’m delighted to welcome today Sarah Stephenson, newly published author of Dougal’s Diary (Crooked Cat). ~~~ Sarah lives in South East London with two dogs, the occasional grandchild and a lot of clutter. “I’ve had a chequered career as ballet dancer, chef, cleaning lady, salesgirl of outsize underwear in Littlewoods, and actor,” Sarah says. “As an actor I worked mostly in the theatre, in plays ranging from Shakespeare to improvised, both comedy and tragedy. And throughout those years, I wrote – […]

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List alert: A bright new year

We had a fantastic 2015. In May we were married in Gretna Green, and had a wonderful honeymoon, first in Scotland and then in Cyprus. Our very busy life started to ease off a little, and my writing work was made much more businesslike. In November, of course, I finally completed my first ever NaNoWriMo, and my first full-length story since, well, Night Crawler. The holiday has given me time to assess how the past year went and what I’d […]

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Welcome

Welcome to my new writing-related site. Here is where you’ll find all things writing for 2016 onwards. For everything else, visit my lifestyle blog at Baggins Bottom. This site is still very much under construction, so any constructive feedback would be most gratefully received. Please comment below, or use the contact form. Thank you.

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