Tuesday, 28 September 2021

First draft is done!

Well... when I say 'done' I mean it's a first draft, so there are still some scenes with 'FINISH THIS' written across the bottom, and I don't yet have a brilliant final line, despite having stared at the laptop expectantly for an hour or so.

There are also lots of bits of highlighter on it, because I know the word I've written is rubbish, or I haven't got a name right, or a load of other bits and pieces.

But it's at the point where I'm taking a few days off from it and then will do a full read-through, making plenty of notes on what's working and what's not.

And the hardest part of it all? Taking a few days off from it!

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

And... breathe...

I figured out the ending to the current book!

Allegedly, I'm a planner, not a pantser, so how on earth did I not know the ending of the book??

Good question. I actually had two potential endings and it depended on what was happening with the series as to which would be The Ending. If sales of the series were amazing, I would be writing Ending A, which would propel the series through two further books (to make 7 in total).

Or, if sales were still chuntering along and other things were burning holes in my brain, I would be writing a different ending.

Well, dear readers, sales are chuntering along and other things are most definitely burning holes in my brain, so Ending B it is.

Because it could have gone two different ways, I also hadn't actually planned much detail on either ending. I'd sketched out key points but nothing more. This morning, I've just had a fabulous writing session where the ideas flowed, and everything knitted together.

Now I just have to write it!

Tuesday, 7 September 2021


 A couple of weeks ago, I teased that I had a new project on the cards, that involved a garden parasol and a blanket. These are for making myself a recording tent!

That's the set-up, in the corner of the room in the house furthest from the traffic. Under all that red blanket is a garden parasol - you can see the green tip of it at the top of the picture. Inside the tent is a second desk (my main desk is also in this room, but by the window). The lamp you can see behind the sofa (with the crumpled blanket on it) is now inside the tent.

Why? Why do I have a recording tent in the corner of my sitting room?