For the third year running, I tackled NaNoWriMo, making it a priority instead of an also-ran. For the third year running, I tackled it using Scrivener. For the third year running, I won! Of a fashion ... I'd like to say I think I've cracked it, but it was still very, very hard work. It … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017 – so how was it for you?
Week three is still very much about research for me at the moment. I'm on chapter 3 of the research material and I've searched for and chosen my usual five websites, and added those to my Scrivener file. The cards are coloured pink for research, and they've been labelled "to do". I'm getting a little … Continue reading Diary of a non-fiction book: week 3 – day 1
I've not been taking additional days off. I've been doing normal work stuff. It still needs doing, even when I have a book to write. Today it was back to the grind with a new research week. This week I'm researching the Quaker movement. This morning, after completing the new month admin, I opened up … Continue reading Diary of a non-fiction book: week 2 – day 1
Yesterday's work session began with me updating the raw text version of this Diary of ...that will be coming out after it's all over. I added yesterday morning's post, and formatted it, and then I wrote ten exercises for "pre-work" and ten exercises for "week 1". As the weeks progress, I'll be adding more exercises not … Continue reading Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 4
By Wednesday I started to get into the swing of things and was beginning to feel like a proper writer again, writing for a living and all that. I was later to my desk as I was later getting up, and so the chores weren't finished until closer to 10:30am. I very quickly entered some … Continue reading Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 3
Tuesday was a much better, more productive day. I finished my chores thirty minutes earlier than usual, so was able to do some catch-up work from Monday. The first thing I did was come up with four dates in the near future when I can go and visit the company archives. Hopefully, I'm going mid-week, … Continue reading Diary of a non-fiction book: week 1 – day 2
I seem to be having a mid-week writing splurge - and long may it last. I've been very busy editing a heavy book, but I finished it and sent the queries back to the author. It did take longer than I thought it would, though. I'd hoped it would take around a week and it … Continue reading Having a splurge
I'm currently typing CATCH THE RAINBOW onto Scrivener, the writing software I wish I'd discovered 30 years ago. I'm loving all of the gimmicks and gadgets that help to make the writing fun, interesting and motivating. Yesterday I moved a few scenes around using index cards ... and there they were already moved in the text … Continue reading Writer at Work- writing CATCH THE RAINBOW: characters