NaNoWriMo: Day 5

So it’s Day 5 for me for NaNoWriMo, despite it being 10 November. It isn’t going great at the moment, I will admit. This is because after I spent time creating my Scrivener binder last week, I had a change of heart and a change of structure, and had to go in and change it all. The binder is in a state that I feel comfortable working with now, so I’m hoping that the words come a little faster. We […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 4 – day 2

Day 2 was actually on Wednesday when I went to the Cadbury archives again in Birmingham. What a day! I was late leaving in the first place and didn’t get away until 9:30am when I really wanted to be on the road at 9am. And then – horror! – my satnav lost my location. Mid-M1. Last time I went I went via my parents’ and I had a rough idea of which direction to go in. But this time I […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 4 – day 1

My first day back on the non-fiction book was yesterday. First of all I reviewed the list of storage material I’d compiled the last time I visited the company archives two weeks ago. I’d made a list of all the things I thought might be useful, but I’d have to give the staff there notice to retrieve it for me. There are literally pages and pages of references I made, so I’m having to be choosy about what I request […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 3 – day 2

I don’t know. You wait all week for a blog post, and then three come along at once … I didn’t get much done on the non-fiction book last week other than research. I’m very much at the research stage as it’s not really a subject I’d consider myself an expert on – other than eating chocolate, that is. But I have several books to read on various topics I’ll be covering in the book, and I’m still ploughing my […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 3 – day 1

Week three is still very much about research for me at the moment. I’m on chapter 3 of the research material and I’ve searched for and chosen my usual five websites, and added those to my Scrivener file. The cards are coloured pink for research, and they’ve been labelled “to do”. I’m getting a little bit behind on the actual reading aspect though, and I’d like to catch up on that this week. I’d like to change some of those […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 2 – day 2

Wednesday was a very long and tiring but certainly worthwhile day. I set off at about 8:45am and got to my parents’ in good time to drop the dog off and then cross town for my appointment, which was 11:00 – 11:30am until 2:00 – 2:30pm. But when I reached a place called Cotteridge (I know it well, but non-Brummies may have never even heard of it) the sat-nav literally started to take me in circles: “Turn right, and your […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 2 – day 1

I’ve not been taking additional days off. I’ve been doing normal work stuff. It still needs doing, even when I have a book to write. Today it was back to the grind with a new research week. This week I’m researching the Quaker movement. This morning, after completing the new month admin, I opened up the next research section in my Scrivener binder and did another search for up to five websites. Again, I chose just one wiki link. The […]

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Normal work continues

Friday disappeared into the ether and I think I may have faffed a little. I know I did some reading for the non-fiction book as well as some regular research reading (or what other people call “reading novels”). I think I was feeling a tad burned out. So it was nice to have a bit of a recharge day. Today has been month-end admin. I’ve done my month-end accounts and I’ve started my new month word-count tracker spreadsheet. I also […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 4

Yesterday’s work session began with me updating the raw text version of this Diary of …that will be coming out after it’s all over. I added yesterday morning’s post, and formatted it, and then I wrote ten exercises for “pre-work” and ten exercises for “week 1”. As the weeks progress, I’ll be adding more exercises not previously seen on here. I need to write the introduction too. The other thing I did was go in and be more specific about the […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 3

By Wednesday I started to get into the swing of things and was beginning to feel like a proper writer again, writing for a living and all that. I was later to my desk as I was later getting up, and so the chores weren’t finished until closer to 10:30am. I very quickly entered some competitions that were closing soon, and then I opened up my Scrivener binder again. The day before I’d added all of my research index-cards – […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 2

Tuesday was a much better, more productive day. I finished my chores thirty minutes earlier than usual, so was able to do some catch-up work from Monday. The first thing I did was come up with four dates in the near future when I can go and visit the company archives. Hopefully, I’m going mid-week, on a Wednesday, for up to three hours at a time. I don’t think my concentration will last much longer than that, especially after a […]

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