#NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone. I’ve been busy editing a manuscript whilst attempting to begin a new romance novel for #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), 2018. So far I’ve managed about 7,300 words, but I’m not pressuring myself with the daily writing targets, as I’m multi-tasking. I really enjoy seeing how everyone is getting on with either joining in online, but with other writing projects, or sharing their word counts on social media and writing group forums.

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It is sad when anyone posts that they can’t keep up or are not reaching their own daily word goals, as the fun of the writing challenge for me, is not about reaching the winners 50,000 word total, but in getting something new well underway, be it with a few thousand words or a full manuscript. I have seen people join in with word sprints, where they all sit in their own offices or homes at the same time and see how much they can all write in the same time frame. Also there are groups forming in cafes and libraries all over the country to have write ins, and friendships are forming over mutual support of a new plot line and character ideas. The writing community is full of wonderful people who are so generous with their time, that it really is the best job in the world for me. Happy writing everyone!

 

 

Time for writing.

Hello everyone. It’s been a tricky time lately to find time to update my blog or get much writing done. We are still trying to find out more about our daughter’s allergies and it’s not an easy mountain to climb. I’ve been trying to fit in work commitments with family time and doctors visits. We have had more allergy test results back, but are now even more confused as we have yet to see the specialist for a better understanding of what those results mean. Basically it came back with 19 out of 22 allergens as positive and thats just from the ones we tested for most recently.

I’m trying to decide wether to give NaNoWriMo another try this year too. I attempted it last year, but I had a book launch coming up and a new manuscript to complete, so beginning again was tricky. This year, I’ve just finished a new book and while it’s in edits, I’m already thinking of my new characters and how much I want to get their story onto paper. Although the National novel writing month can be stressful, it also gives you an extra push to get those words written down.

I think I’ll probably give it a try. How about you? What writing projects are you trying to find time to finish before the end of the year?

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Marketing merchandise.

Happy new week everyone. This week I’ve been working on some new merchandise for my blog tour and launch. I had this brilliant photo taken for me and it’s a wonderful way to spread the word for my work and make people smile. I have also made promotional keyrings and had posters printed. The theme of my book content and colour scheme follows through all of it, so that it is easily recognisable. This is a good idea, as it refers to your work and hopefully encourages people to pick up your book and give it a try. You never know who you might meet whilst wandering round, as my promotional photo shows, so take every opportunity and make the marketing fun for you and your readers.

 

When you bump into Batman and he’s reading your book! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Piling on the pressure.

Computer. Do more

Instead of my regular marketing post on Mondays, I thought i’d mix things up a bit. The reason is because I have been looking into website analytics and Google doesn’t like content that appears anywhere else on your site. This can be a title, like my Monday posts about marketing, or it can be a an overused photo, or a tag that you use to often. This means that although this isn’t my usual format, it’s still a post that might help you with your blogs, or websites, but presented in a different way!

I’ve been working towards finishing the promotional material for my blog tour for Ninja School Mum and each day I feel like I need to do more. I still have the author Q&A’s to write, the fun facts, the Twitter ads to design and now I have signed up for #NaNoWriMo without a plan at all, even though it starts today! My thoughts were that if I am about to publish a new novel and have an idea for the second book in the series, then I need to get on and write the sequel. If I write a few words a day, the community of writers that take part in this month long writing challenge, are working alongside me with their own novels to inspire me to do more every day.

I will post about my progress on my blog, which in turn refreshes the content and keeps everyone up to date on how the new novel and book tour are progressing. I know we all put pressure on ourselves to cram more into our days and this can sometimes seem impossible, but I am imagining myself having a well earned rest a while after launch date, preferably on a hot beach surrounded by piles of good books to read. I can dream… ๐Ÿ™‚