December 11, 2015
book, half a million, NaNo, NaNoWriMo, novel, self published, short stories, short story, target, writer
Fifty-four short stories and a 60K First Draft later, I finally reached my target, with three weeks of 2015 still to go.
Entering NaNoWriMo for the first time this year probably helped me to hit the magic number a little earlier than I would have.
My average for the year to date was around 1,400 words per day (very much an average. Some days were noticeably better than others), and November’s average was a little over 1,700 per day. I would still have reached the half million, but the race would have been much closer to the wire.
The obvious question now hangs over me:
Can I do it again in 2016? Would I want to?
The answer would largely depend on how much work I can bring in. 2015 has been particularly fruitful for short story projects, keeping me busy for the entire year. If I work as hard as I did in 2015, half a million is possible.
Over the past few months, I’ve begun to wonder what the ‘normal’ output is for a writer, particularly someone who writes full time. For the record, I also have a full-time job. I was speaking to Sheila Quigley, another North-East (England) writer about my endeavours. When I told her about my target, she stared at me, then blew out a long breath.
I got the impression that 500k is not the norm.
My work / life balance means that I work away from home and have my evenings free from distractions as I write in my hotel room. When I’m not away, I find it tricky to concentrate with the TV on in the background much of the time.
So, what is everyone else producing over twelve months? I’d be interested in hearing from both full-time and part-time writers. How do you manage to keep up the pace when you work AND live with a family? What’s your routine?
September 17, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, cover reveal, editor, novel, second novel, self published, Shaner Media Creations, tara
This sequel has been a long time coming, but the release date is steadily drawing closer and optimism is growing for a mid-November release. So different from the release of my first novel, this timetable is holding and everything appears to be on schedule.
‘A Construct of Angels’ – my debut novel – crawled forward in random fits and starts, suffering from a mixture of inexperience and poor planning.
But thanks to my editor, Tara (she of Shaner Media Creations), the timetable she created is keeping me moving steadily forward.
So, in keeping with her timetable, I am now proud to present the cover my second novel, the sequel to ‘A Construct of Angels:’
Seasoned readers will spot many similarities to the first cover. This is deliberate😀
I asked Ravven to retain some of the original elements in order to provide series continuity. The main character, you will notice, has been replaced with another to reflect the changes in the new storyline.
All being well, I ought to be able to reveal some teasers soon.😀 Not yet, though, as my beta-readers are still combing through the MS.
In the meantime, watch this space and:
September 8, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, blog hop, fun, jumping from cliffs, novel, self published, Work in progress
I was recently nominated by my more-than-entertaining blogging mate Jon to share my opening sentences with everyone who reads my posts.
People DO read my posts… don’t they? *listens to the keening wind and the rustle of tumbleweed.* Oh well, just me then.
I am to post, as required, the opening sentence from each of the first three chapters of my current WIP, ‘A Vengeance of Angels.’
This is the sequel to my debut novel ‘A Construct of Angels’ and describes the apocalyptic adventures of the Angel-become-mortal, Michael.
Oh, if you’ve already read the first book (which uses Sara Finn’s POV), this story is told from Michael’s POV.
I was alone, and I was glad of it.
The bright beacon that had been the Black Star flared briefly as it swept toward the western horizon.
Two weary men – paramedics by the look of their leaf green jumpsuits – trudged wearily through the reception area.
That’s it! That’s the only peek you’re getting for now. *waves everyone gently back.*
Thanks for nominating me Jon. Everyone, please go and pay Jumpingfromcliffs a visit. It’s so entertaining, it should be on your bucket list!
Now, in keeping with the blog hop, I now nominate four other bloggers to continue the fun:
Have fun, and above all: