I didn’t plan beyond the first week. I had a list of prompts and scenes, for if I got stuck in a rut, but I didn’t use them. I am getting way too comfortable in the familiar of the rut. I need to commit to climbing out of it faster! I got sick. And then… Read More 5 Reasons I Failed NaNoWriMo, … but I still feel like I won
I wouldn’t call myself competitive, because I’m not always aiming to win. Trying not to be an arrogant twit about it – but I want my tombstone to read ‘resilient’, ‘adventurous’, and ‘tenacious’ (as well as Loving Wife etc). I think these words are reserved for people who put their creativity out on the line.… Read More 5 reasons to compete
I’m in! Can’t believe I’m signing up for this again. It would be amazing if I could beat what I managed to get out last year: 12,670. That novel has since grown to a 49,708 word beast that is no where near finished the zero-th draft and needs a lot of chopping. But I can’t… Read More NaNoWriMo 2017
I have $20 to spend on a writing course. Woohoo! How? I filled out the Australian Writers’ Centre survey and they gave it to me. For free. It was quick and easy to do. I love this team of industry professionals, they are so generous and welcoming! So the question is: Which one??? Click on… Read More Writing course wishlist
I am so very happy. It is a few weeks into the AWC bootcamp and I am averaging more than 500 words a day. It feels fantastic 🙂 The hardest part is getting started. But setting the word count before I start really helps. There have been a couple of days where I’ve dodged it,… Read More Writing again
I changed my name! I was hiding behind a pen name and a curtain of hair. The curtain is still there, blonde as ever, but I’m now going by real name, Jessica. I had a myriad of reasons for using the pen name. The only one that really matters is that I was afraid. I… Read More Name update
I recently read this article titled ‘3 signs you should give up on your story’ by K M Weiland. In summary, the answer is RARELY. But after sitting on the same idea for more than ten years and getting lost over and again and losing motivation over and again. I’ve called it. I may return to it one day, but for… Read More Nanowrimo 2016
To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo? That is my question … what do you think? I’m 25K words into my first novel! (As of this evening and following a long and crazy break.) I am so excited to get back into it. Trying to set myself some goals. 600 words a day seems reasonable but… Read More 25K words in – to NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo?
I’m trying to read like a writer. Choosing books that will inspire and educate me. Award winning and well-written, innovative and classic. However, that only gets me so far. I also have to feed my romance and self improvement addictions. Leaving aside academic papers for the day job and email correspondence for long distance family,… Read More Reading like a writer
I set a goal for 31 July 2016 to reach the 30,000 word target of my novel. I’m still about 10,000 off. I’ve been stuck just below 20,000 for the last few weeks, and just can’t seem to get past it. Tonight will be the night! Does this ever happen to you? What was the reason?… Read More In need of a Writing Reboot?