Longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition 2015!

The title says it all!! I am SO pleased, and excited!

Edith’s Questions is the title of the book and I started it at the beginning of this year when an idea popped into my head that I just couldn’t stop thinking about.

I have to send in the complete manuscript now, which is not quite ready to go (when is a novel ever ready?). I’m still writing, editing, and adding things, and making little changes and checking the storyline is coherent… It’s been an exhausting few days and sitting at a desk at 35 weeks pregnant is not exactly comfortable.

Nonetheless, I shall be sending my finished novel off early next week, no matter what (well, actually, going into labour early might be about the only thing that could stop me).

I’ll update once the book has flown the nest. Right now, I have work to do ?.

Novel Update and Competition Entry

So, here I am, plodding along. The story has grown and developed a life of it’s own, which I’m pleased about. It isn’t quite what I imagined when I first started out, but it feels more substantial now. My main character, Edith, is more her own person rather than the idea of the person she was when I first began.

I’m not quite finished, but I’ve entered the first 5,000 words in the Mslexia Novel Competition.

Why oh why have I done this before I’ve written the final chapters? I can’t really answer that. I just felt like it was ready for a bit of fresh air. I’ve also settled on a title after weeks of getting a blank whenever I thought about it. It’s called Edith’s Questions. At least for now. And I like that because it’s simple and it’s exactly what the novel is all about 🙂

Novel Update – 20,000 Words

20,285 to be precise. That’s what I hit this morning after 40 minutes on the computer getting my words done for the day.

I should be feeling really happy about this. Reaching 10,000 words was great. But here, at 20,000… all I can think of is:

Is there really any point to this story?

Yup, I’m wondering if everything I’ve written isn’t, in fact, total rubbish. Ha! Old habits die hard 🙂 And I’m also wondering… what’s the point of this… will it matter to me if no one else ever reads it? I don’t really know. I love to write, so possibly not, but it’d be nice to share. Sigh. Well, what else can I do at this point, but write some more?

Onwards.

August Writing Summary

I’ve never been good at regular writing. I tend to write in sporadic bursts and then have long gaps between them. However, I’ve read so much about the importance of regular writing, and I have to admit that it’s key to finally getting a novel finished, so I’ve been making an effort to write more frequently (rather than doing thousands of words over a few days and then nothing for months).

I’ve already mentioned a website I’m using called 750words.com, which has been great for my motivation. I’ve written at least 750 words, every day, for 15 days in a row. So, I thought I’d post a monthly writing summary of my word count and how the month went. Here’s August:

Word counts:
18.08.15     2530
19.08.15     1185
20.08.15     1016
21.08.15     2089
22.08.15     1085
23.08.15     1068
24.08.15     1257
25.08.15     1143
26.08.15     768
27.08.15     758
28.08.15     806
29.08.15    977
30.08.15     763
31.08.15     854

You can see that my count has come down after the first flush of enthusiasm. I’ve also had less time over the last week to write, which makes a difference. However, what has been eye-opening is that on the days when I have had no inclination at all to write anything, days when I would normally have avoided writing because I didn’t think I had the right ‘spark’ necessary for generating decent work, I’ve still managed to reach the minimum word count.

And I’m really pleased with that – it means that my novel has steadily grown and the story has gradually unfolded, even if on some of those days it’s really been just a case of chucking anything down to make sure I’ve met my goal. When I return for editing it will be interesting to see if there is a marked difference in quality between days.

Overall, my progress now stands at 18,311 words, which I’m really pleased with, as I’m (ambitiously!) aiming to enter the first 5,000 words in the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, which closes on 21st September.

10,000 Words

I hit 10,000 words of my novel today. 10,237 to be precise.

Hurrah!

The way I’m writing at the moment is forward-only. I haven’t edited anything, and I don’t plan to. I just get my head down and write the next instalment – most of which I’m not even sure about until it appears on the page. I want to carry on this way and leave the editing until later – I think I’m better at editing/improving than raw writing anyway, so it’ll be a more enjoyable job.

10,000 words! How exciting 🙂