Busy, busy, busy…

The writing bug bit again and I’m busier than ever.

Currently working on plotting/planning four different stories to see which one grabs my full attention… They all seem to be vying for dominance at the moment so it’ll be interesting to see which is the victor.

I abandoned the story I was toying with because it wasn’t flowing right – it’s now reinvented itself into one of the above ideas so we’ll see if it works second time around.

I’ve also made a decision about the YA fantasy trilogy I’ve had written for the best part of a decade gathering dust on my laptop: I’m going to self-publish it!

As it’s different to everything I’m working on now, and was written so long ago, I’m doing a vigorous edit and rewrite/polish and then will release it a story at a time this year under a pen-name (GR Taylor for anyone interested.) I’ll list it on the website as and when it’s available, too.

And that’s where life has taken me since I last posted in mid-March! It’s a lot to do and there’s limited time to do it – in non-writing news, I’m starting a degree through my day job in June so not quite sure how everything’s going to fall into place but we’ll see what happens.

Happy writing!

And it’s done!

LWL book 4 is finished!

It was oddly easy to write 50000+ words over the course of NaNoWroMo but the last 24000 seemed to be a bit of a struggle. Nevertheless, they’re written, it’s done, and now it can sit on my laptop for a little while until I’m ready to come back and edit it.

Phew.

I’d hoped I’d finish this series by the end of the year but I didn’t actually think I was going to do it. And since I’ve got no one who understands what a personal¬†achievement it is in my real life away from my computer, I thought I’d write a little post to commemorate the occasion.

I’m happy. I’m a bit proud of myself, to be honest. It’s been a tough year, there’ve been weeks where I’ve just not had the energy or the motivation to write, but somehow, over the course of the last 361 days, I’ve written just under 180,000 words. It’s just shy of the goal I set myself of aiming for 500 words a day so… Yeah. I’m pleased.

I hope all of my fellow writers reading this have had a good year for writing, and that everyone who stumbles across this has had a good year in general.

Here’s looking to 2018, and whatever new adventures it might bring.

 

NaNoWriMo check in #3

45,000 words.

My fingers are aching and a little bit numb (it’s very cold today) but the story is flowing and going in directions other than what I thought it would so I’m happy.

I’m writing.

My aim is to hit 50,000 by Wednesday and see how much of the story I can get done before the 30th November. My overall general goal for this novel is around the 75,000 mark but I’m not putting pressure on myself to reach that before the end of the month. Before the end of the year will suit me perfectly, and be far more than I anticipated for this year!

How’s everyone else doing?

About half of the writers I speak to are on track to hit the 50K this year, which is a nice feeling. There seems to be something about this year that was missing last November – we’re all finding motivation and inspiration from somewhere and while we’re going at our own paces, we’re all writing and that makes us happy. Even those in the group who aren’t going to hit 50K are happy because they’re making progress on projects that have been evading them for a couple of months and that in itself makes it all worthwhile.

I hope any writers out there reading this are finding inspiration, too, and are finding the words they need, regardless of how many of them there are.

Just keep writing, folks. That’s all we can do.

It’s another NaNoWriMo check in…

How’s everyone doing?

After falling behind my own target earlier in the week (but still, somehow, hitting the daily NaNoWriMo total), I’ve hit 25,000 words today so am taking a moment to breathe and get myself a fresh cup of tea since the one I made this morning went cold a long time ago.

I hope everyone who’s taking part in NaNoWriMo is remembering to enjoy themselves and not stressing too much about word counts – if you fall behind at some point, don’t stress about it. You’ll catch up one day when inspiration strikes and leaves you with no choice but to write, write, write!

Happy writing, everyone – and don’t forget to drink your tea/coffee before it goes cold!