Not dead yet

Oh hey, guys. I’m still here, just about. I’ve had drafts piling up here, but I’ve not got round to finishing them because I’m still ill. But here it is: a long-overdue update…

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Blogmas, Day 3: Writing Wishes

It’s officially Christmas in our house now, not just because the tree’s here and we’ve bought the supermarket’s entire supply of mulled wine – we’ve had the first play of Fairytale of New York and that other, er, “classic”, Stay Another Day. The 90s has a lot to answer for.

Today’s Blogmas question is ‘If a genie could grant you 3 writing wishes, what would they be?’

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Week 2 Blues

I seem to be 20,000 words into this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo and haven’t given up in frustration. If you’re very (un)lucky, I might do what I’ve done in previous years and post an unedited extract of the monstrosity. For now, here’s what I’ve discovered, as I limp¬†through the notorious second week…

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NaNoWriMo week 3: or, the usual poor life choices

So we’re into week 3 of NaNoWriMo, and I’m writing it from the Highlands bolthole I stayed in over the summer. This has the advantage of being in a house with rotten internet and beautiful inspiring¬†surroundings, but all the disadvantages of being here in the grip of Wester Ross’s answer to Hurricane Bawbag, and being 8 single-track-road-ed miles from the nearest overpriced corner shop that at least has the decency to stock cheap wine for writing fuel. Still, it’s worked wonders for the word count: over 39,000 words in and some of it might even not be terrible.

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Work in progress

It’s World Book Day, so I split the morning between catching up on my YA reading and watching this brilliant Authors Live webcast with Anthony Horowitz. Among the pro tips he gave budding writers was avoiding writer’s block by doing something else, be it shopping, going for a walk or visiting a museum. With novel edits more or less done and no day job to do, I decided to try out the theory and head to a castle out in the sticks. And lo, half an hour later and I was in a grassy meadow with the Surface, bashing out words. Three hours later and I had most of my Camp NaNoWriMo wordcount for the day. So, like last November, here’s a whole bunch of totally unedited words for your delectation…

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NaNoWriMo Week 3: Rough around the edges

It seems despite having a billion and one things to do, I’ve passed 33k on this year’s NaNo effort. This is in no small part down to the Edinburgh NaNoBeans, who now meet three times a week for write-ins and are a terrific bunch. And they operate all year round, when editing time looms large. So, with last night’s overpriced Starbucks coffee still bitter on my tongue, I thought I’d pick a chapter and post it up, warts and all. I’ve been very lucky to see a few friend’s works, both polished and rough, and I love giving feedback. Perhaps you think there’s some of this that isn’t too cringey.

We join two young schoolgirls who have managed to find themselves on trial in the 16th-century, alongside the laird of Niddrie and his companion, the 5th Earl of Bothwell. Yeah, don’t ask. I’m a pantser through and through; no plots here.

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