Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords ?>

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords

As you may know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November. People attempt and often succeed in writing a 50,000 word novel during that month. As you may also know, Smashwords, the self-publishing site has a special programme to promote Nanowrimo novels and gives the opportunity to publish your draft Nanowrimo novel on its site during November. Don’t do it. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Do It If You Want a Traditional Publisher. Because once your…

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I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it! ?>

I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it!

Yes, I won the Nanowrimo writing challenge (again) this year. But, ahem, not without a certain amount of what some might call cheating. Oh all right then, what nearly every would call cheating. I cheated. I admit I did have cheating as part of my back up plan but I was fully intending not to do it. I had a number of technical difficulties during Nanowrimo. I also didn’t make life easy for myself by going on holiday for ten…

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Nanowrimo 2018 ?>

Nanowrimo 2018

Nanowrimo has rolled around again. And this year, I’m planning to try something new – the first of a series. It’s an urban fantasy about a young woman who is transformed into a dryad while holidaying in New England. I’m slightly nervous as I’ve never tried to write a series of novels before and all the technical stuff I’m reading about how to write a series is putting me off slightly but hey, it never hurts to try – right?…

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I’ve won Nanowrimo 2016. For anyone whose memory needs refreshing, the challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. I cheated, I admit. I’d got a half finished novel, The Three Faces of Holly and decided to try to finish it off. I’d already written about 40,000 words. So, my second experience of Nanowrimo was quite different from the first. I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around and I did feel less motivated particularly towards the…

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Next Date The Interview Will Be Free ?>

Next Date The Interview Will Be Free

My short story, The Interview will be free again on Kindle on Saturday, 5 November 2016. Another chance to grab it. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited until 28 December 2016.

First Day of Nanowrimo ?>

First Day of Nanowrimo

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) 2016. I’m feeling pretty confident that I can win Nanowrimo – you have to write 50,000 words and I’m planning to cheat. Although apparently this is called being a Nanowrimo Rebel. I have an unfinished novel of about 40,000 words – The Three Faces of Holly that I want to finish so I’m using Nanowrimo to try to do this. Not quite so confident that I will finish the…

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Camp Nanowrimo ?>

Camp Nanowrimo

Camp Nanowrimo is upon us! Nanowrimo (The National Novel Writing Month organisation) runs a virtual writing retreat in April. I’ve signed up to to work on a project – editing the first draft of Murder and Mittens, or as I’ve now decided to call it, Murder and Miss Mittens. I’m now up to Chapter Ten and my aim is to have a second draft by the end of April. I’ve opted to go into a virtual cabin with eleven other…

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Finished first draft of Murder and Mittens ?>

Finished first draft of Murder and Mittens

Murder and Mittens is the novel I wrote for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). You had to write 50,000 words, which I did by the end of November so I am a Nanowrimo winner. I wanted to finish off the novel by the end of December and decided it would be 65,000 words. Well, I finished it yesterday at 58,000 words, a bit under. Feel very proud of myself for actually completing a novel even if it is a first draft…

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The end of Nanowrimo ?>

The end of Nanowrimo

This is the last day of Nanowrimo (or National Novel Writing Month as the Muggles call it). The challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I did it. I actually managed to write 50,000, well 50,855 words to be precise in 29 days. Yes, one day less than you were allowed. It was fairly easy for me even if I did go on a ten day holiday in the middle of it (planned a long time ago). I’m not…

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