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 🙂

750 Words

I’ve started using the 750words.com website to help me stick to a regular writing schedule. I’m 9,000 words down on the novel that I’ve wanted to write since the beginning of this year. I’ve managed a four day streak so far. I’ve been writing in the evening, but I’ve found that I get agitated as the day goes on that I haven’t ‘done my words’ (I’ve always been a morning person), so I might experiment with getting up and writing them at around 6am, before everyone else is awake.

Writing Again

I’m writing again!

I’d been thinking about it seriously for a few weeks.

Since last year, when I was churning out quite a lot of flash fiction, I’ve had a lull – maybe it was a confidence thing. I had a couple of pieces published towards the end of 2014 – and it was the first time I’d ever shown anyone my work. It was a little scary. What if I couldn’t ever write anything good again?

So I became distracted by other projects, and I also got pregnant (!). However, since then, I’ve had a major clearing out of projects and to-dos. It was primarily to make sure I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with stuff once this new baby arrives (I’m due at the end of November), but as is often the case with a good declutter, once I’d made space in my life, I found there was one thing I kept thinking about filling it with again. The one thing I always come back to.

Writing.

So that novel I intended to write at the beginning of the year, and my resolution to write 50,000 words of it, might just be on the cards after all.

CyberTalk Flash Fiction 2014 Winner

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I won!

How cool is that??

I loved writing this – it poured out 🙂

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“No!” Nathan gave a muffled shout as his eyes snapped open. He was sweating, tangled in a white sheet.

He looked across at the moulded shelf next to the bed, seeking the reassurance of a small metal box no more than ten inches across. On the front panel a red LED was unblinking. His nightmare ebbed away like backwash, revealing the stillness of the hours before dawn.

If you want to read my cyber-themed science fiction story, it’s now available on the SoftBox website in issue 6 of Cybertalk.

CyberTalk is produced in conjunction with the Cyber Security Centre at De Montfort University Leicester, and you can read all the issues online (or subscribe for a print copy!).

Twisted Tales 2014 Anthology

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My entry got through to the final and is included in this year’s anthology!

You can read a little more about me and the story here.

Love Cures All
Dr Harris looked up from his desk and smiled. Ella Thompson smiled back, closed the door behind her and made her way over to the chair. “Ella,” he said, spreading his hands in welcome. “How are you?”

You can buy it on amazon:

Twisted Tales 2014: Flash Fiction with a twist

Or you can read it (for free!) on the Ether Books app.

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