NaNoWriMo 2018 – decision made

With only a week to go I finally made a decision, and I’m hoping it’s the right one … bit of a gamble, but that’s how it goes. This year I’m being a NaNoReBel – again! Last year I chose to write a non-fiction book: A History of Cadbury (to be published on 30 November 2018). This year I’m going to revise the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016: Catch the Rainbow. Above left is a picture of my NaNoWriMo reading […]

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52 books in 52 weeks: Writing & Selling your Mystery Novel

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 41. I bought the paperback of Writing & Selling your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron very soon after it came out. I loved it so much that, when I saw an electronic version was now available, I bought that one too. The electronic version has been updated and now includes more recent working examples as well as tips and advice on self publishing. […]

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Diary of a novel: The Beast Within (Week 1) – planning work

I didn’t have a lot of time in week 1, which I already knew about. I had two appointments in the midlands that took out two complete days, and I had editing work to do on the three days I was in the office. Saying that, I did manage to do some planning work in week 1. Monday The first job was to gather together all the materials already started. The next job was to decide which planning system I’m […]

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When a new project begins

I’m so excited, I always am when I’m about to start a new project I’ve been mulling over in my head. The plan was to start the new project in January, but sickness in us and various members of the family put paid to that. So then the plan moved to February, but then I received a client editing job that is taking longer than I originally imagined it would. BUT … yesterday I submitted the author questions before I […]

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