Novels, On Writing

Milestone reached!

I have now finished my fifth redraft of my first novel! Still not quite ready to send out yet. I need to shed about 5k words to be within the recommended YA novel word count limits and the new scenes need a polish but I'm glad to say that I'm very happy with how it's… Continue reading Milestone reached!

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Novels, On Writing, Reviews

Weekly Update (26.02.2017

Weekly Word Count: 4260 Review Word Count: 222 Currently (re)reading: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice I've (finally) finished re-reading The Historian and now to get down to the business of reviewing. As you see, I haven't made much headway. It's probably the sizeable amount of fact-checking I'm going to have to do for… Continue reading Weekly Update (26.02.2017

Novels, Reviews

Weekly Update (19.02.2017): Of better ideas and organisation

Currently (re)reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Weekly Word Count: 4633 Do you ever get this feeling when you're writing: you're agonising over how to do a scene or a plotline absolutely right, you try multiple things but nothing seems to work and, then, it hits you. Do you really need this in your story?… Continue reading Weekly Update (19.02.2017): Of better ideas and organisation

competitions, Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Short Stories, Vampire Novels

Weekly Update (11/09/2016)

Currently (re)reading: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton Weekly Word Count: 2427 Manuscript Word Count: 69163 My weekly word count is a bit lower than usual and that's because I wanted to spend more time this week on redrafting a short story and my manuscript and getting to the end of Night World: Volume 1.… Continue reading Weekly Update (11/09/2016)

Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Short Stories, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (21/08/2016)

Weekly Word Count: 2464 Manuscript Word Count: 69,525 Currently (re)reading: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine My most productive days, writing-wise, were down to me working on my review rather than my writing. Though I enjoy writing these reviews, I'm starting to worry that they're overtaking my novels and my short stories. And, I think I left… Continue reading Weekly Update (21/08/2016)

Agents, Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (17/07/2016)

Weekly Word Count: 4362 Currently reading: American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout I've given the first few chapters of my manuscript a good polish and have sent it out to another agent today. I think I'm going to try sending off my manuscript to agents every other week rather than every week. I've sent it out… Continue reading Weekly Update (17/07/2016)

Novels, On Writing, Short Stories, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (22/05/2015)

Weekly Word Count: 2376 Currently reading: Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey Final Manuscript Word Count: 75,156 Yep, I've done it! I've finally got to the end of editing my manuscript! I think I've got it down to quite a respectable amount too. As I said in a previous post, the first Harry Potter novel was… Continue reading Weekly Update (22/05/2015)

Novels, Short Stories, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (08/05/2016)

Weekly Word Count: 2962 Currently reading: The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Manuscript Word Count: 76,354 I wrote more than I did last week but not on my novel. This month, I've decided to build up an up-to-date portfolio of short stories using the May Book Prompts I found on thesarahdoughty's blog. My success has… Continue reading Weekly Update (08/05/2016)

Novels, Short Stories, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (01/05/2016)

Weekly Word Count: 1509 Currently reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett (I'm not really getting into it yet so I'm going slow) Manuscript Word Count: 78,236 I haven't written as much this week and I have a very good excuse. The deadline for the Writer's Forum Flash Fiction Competition was this Friday so I took Thursday… Continue reading Weekly Update (01/05/2016)