On the weekend I started planning Book 3 of my children’s fantasy series – Cat’s Whiskers. This is the last book in the series and I’ve known how it has to end since before I started writing Book 1. I now also have a clear idea how it’s going to start too. But the middle…talk … Read morePlanning Cat’s Whiskers (Book 3)
Akismet is my spam filter and it’s working overtime at the moment. Every day it stops around 250 spam comments hitting my website. The problem is, there are so many nasties that I can’t be bothered going through the list to find out if Akismet is gobbling up “real” comments. If you’ve left a legitimate … Read moreAkismet and An Apology
If you read this blog often you will know that I believe in planning…and planning fully. I know that some of you believe this will cramp your style or that there’s no room for being creative in the actual writing process, but I’m telling you that you’re wrong! Planning every aspect of a story doesn’t … Read moreA Surprise Development
A day or so ago Sasha asked me this question: I’m so pleased that everything went well for your Mini Nano. Will you be sitting back for a while or planning number three before you edit number two? It’s a good question and I wanted to give it some thought rather than rushing in with … Read moreRelaxing or Planning?
This month, because of Mini-NaNo, I learned something about myself as a writer. I don’t like to write every day. And I don’t intend to write every day again (unless I do another Mini-NaNo, which is highly likely, but I doubt I’ll wait until next Novermber). Every writer is different. Some like to write in … Read moreWhat I Learned
The first draft of Cat’s Paw is finished! It took 27 days to write. I find that to be quite amazing. The only other time I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo I did the full strength version and ended up with 53,000 words of complete rubbish (the whole manuscript needs to be rewritten from the start)…and I … Read moreMini-NaNo: The End
This morning, having not slept well during the night (in fact, for several nights), I was up at 6.10am. I made myself a cup of tea and turned on the laptop. The house was quiet, because no one else was awake … so I wrote. An hour and a half flashed by in an instant. … Read more“The End” is Near
When I started Mini-NaNo I promised myself one thing; that I wouldn’t push myself. Tonight, despite that promise, I sat down to write and I pushed myself to reach 18,000 words. The reason? Yesterday, I didn’t write. I sat back and thought about it, I talked about it, I kept telling myself that I had … Read moreGuilt Driven