New Year’s Vague Declaration of Semi-Intent

I considered writing a review post for 2016, but the overall tone of the year was, for most of us, bleak, and I simply couldn’t find the energy to dwell on it. Discussing how I want to apply what I’ve learned from 2016 to this shiny, new year seemed a more worthwhile endeavour. Simply put,…

One Small Step…

It’s here! NaNoWriMo 2016. True to form I spent October planning and preparing a novel idea for NaNoWriMo. And then I decided I hated it, and spent the last 4 days of October coming up with an entirely new idea. Since I’ve won the last 2 years after a last minute change, I’m feeling pretty…

Reflections on CampNaNoWriMo

Now that my hands have recovered enough to type more than 140 characters at a time, this seems like a good point to think back on CampNaNoWriMo. The first week went quite well – I made it over the 5000-word mark, and I realised that the idea suited a novella rather than a novel, so…

Off to Camp

Today marks the first day of CampNaNoWriMo, during which I’ll be attempting to write 50,000 words of a novel. As usual, I’ve shelved the idea I was planning to work on, and am winging it with some characters who won’t shut up about this weird castle they’ve moved to. Also as usual, I seem to…

Afterword

The writing frenzy is over, and now it’s time to reflect on what I’ve achieved during NaNo2015. In the final week I rediscovered my enthusiasm for what I was writing. I suspect partly because I knew I was running out of time, and going to have to resort to a lot of ‘then somehow they knew…

#NaNoWinner2015

I did it! I actually hit 50111 words last night, but didn’t have a chance to validate until today. I’ve discovered that the PC version of Scrivener doesn’t offer a NaNo-specific compile option, so it included all the chapter headings, and as a result the NaNoWriMo site has validated my word count at 50252. Not a…

The Introvert’s Guide To Reading During the Holidays

Originally posted on Dysfunctional Literacy:
If you read during the holidays, prepare to be interrupted. (image via wikimedia) The holiday season can be a frustrating time for introverts, especially for those of us who like to read.  Even if we introverts have time off from work, we often have to use that time for extra chores/errands,…

The End is Nigh

First, an apology. I promised weekly updates, and last week I failed to deliver. Continuing the ‘not going as I expected’ theme of NaNo2015, the slump hit me at the end of Week 2, and I decided that, when I could make myself write at all, the novel was the priority. I fell just short of the…

Crushing Week 1

In previous years, I blasted through Week 1 of NaNoWriMo and found myself well ahead of the 11669 target. I expected to do the same this year – Week 1 is when I tend to be full of enthusiasm, and energy – in fact, I was hoping to pull ahead, because Week 2 is typically when I slump,…

Let the Noveling Begin

This is my third NaNoWriMo, and, unlike last year, when I meticulously outlined an idea throughout October, then scrapped it, and pantsed my way through a fanfiction novel instead come November, I’ve decided to keep the planning vague, and let the plot bunnies roam where they will. Possible stories involve a library, a missing book, and a girl with…

Iggle-versary

I’m old enough to remember life pre-Internet: when international calls were expensive, fax machines were the height of office technology, and most people still sent everything by post. Over the years I watched the amount of actual post I receive dwindle until my grandmother, still defiantly refusing to join the technological revolution, became my only snail…