Why I Left Camp Early

The first few days of Camp were great and I was really pleased with the progress I was making.

Then life did that thing where it gets in the way.

Over the past couple of years my partner Chris and I have been saving up to buy a house. Late last year we reached our goal when an unexpected lump sum of inheritance came our way.

We started looking in January once the Christmas madness was out the way. As Chris is on a fixed term employment contract we were told we had to wait a couple of months to see if it was renewed. Thankfully it was.

So we started the process again in March only to be told that we were still going to struggle to get a mortgage. I could go into more detail about how ridiculous this is considering our combined annual income and how much we have saved up but, I will spare you the rant that would ensue.

It became clear in late March that Shared Ownership (a part-rent, part-buy scheme) was the only way we were going to get onto the property ladder. We could have carried on renting but after 15 years of doing just that I want to be able to knock a hole in a wall! #LifeGoals

A week ago (so the end of the first week of camp) we discovered our perfect house. This meant that instead of spending my evenings writing I was spending them filling in forms. And making spreadsheets. And digging out paperwork.

Fingers crossed all of this comes together for us although, if it does it will mean I will miss the next round of camp as well โ€“ as we will be moving into new house! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cross posted on MYSTORYNOTES.blog


I’m Away at Camp

Have you heard of CampNaNoWriMo? This April I will be taking part of the first time and I am really excited to dive in.


Here is what I have declared as my plan for Camp:

Back in November I had an idea. That idea grew, evolved and tangled itself into 50,000 words under the title โ€˜The Lion, the Witch and the New Kid.โ€™

Iโ€™ve revisited the story a few times but still have yet to untangle the mess completely. During Camp I am planning on revising the story and coming out with a piece of fiction that is aimed at younger readers than previously (upper KS2) and a more straight forward adventure. I would expect this to be about 35000 words long.

Cross posted on MYSTORYNOTES.blog


I’ve not posted for almost a month. I’ve barely written anything either.

I was sure I had found the voice for my story. I was sure I knew what to do next with the tangled mess that I finished NaNoWriMo with. But now, now I am sure about absolutely nothing!

I don’t want to give up on Daniel. I don’t want to give up on the Wyllde’s and their magical adventures. I don’t want to give up on the evil fairies either.

Maybe the characters just need a different story?

Blimey. This stuff is hard!


NaNo Next Steps

One thing I learned during NaNoWriMo last month was that writing about your writing can often be harder than actually writing your writing. Sometimes it is easier to communicate through the medium of GIF.

The same also applies when you have a head cold and your brain is working in a much more visual way than usual.

Last weekend I decided I was going to try and figure out what I had to work with now the dust had settled on my story. Here is what I found:

It became clear to me that I needed one of these:

Not that I was giving up on the story I just needed to stop feeling like this about it:

It wasn’t long before an outline came together and I was able to plant text from my NaNo draft into that outline.

That’s what first drafts are for, fixing those plot holes and those parts where you have just shoved something in and hoped for the best. My story has evolved so much already and who knows what it will end up looking like. I’m excited to find out!


When Couples Do NaNoWriMo

A Twitter Journey

During October…

*on Don’t you hate it when you misspell in a tweet?

Our Romantic Getaway

I would love to say that the wit continued but there was break in #CouplesDoNaNoWriMo while you know, we did NaNoWriMo!


NaNoWriMo – Day 30

So, um, yeah. Yesterday this happened….

I have NEVER completed anything that I set my mind to before. I am the queen of self sabotage and have shares in procrastination excuses. I am so incredibly proud of myself (which feels odd too) and I cannot wait to get stuck in with re-writes.

There is a lot more to say but honestly, I have said so much this month already I need a break before I get into it!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 26

nanowrimo update

Yesterday (Sunday 26th) was a ridiculous day. I wrote 5,330 words.

Even typing that seems strange to me. How on earth did I manage that?

As I mentioned before, word sprints have been really helpful to my progress. This weekend however it went to a whole new level. On the recommendation of the ML from my region I started using Write or Die.

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This program made me write, and write and write. Suddenly I was writing 1000 words in around 25 minutes. Were they beautifully planned out sentences? Nope. Does that matter for a first draft and getting to the NaNoFinishLine? Nope again.

I adjusted the settings as required and then off I went.


After I had done this a few times I started exploring 4theWords (a NaNoWriMo sponsor).

It was helpful, but I found myself going to back to Write or Die to complete the challenges. It was nice to break things up though. I will probably use it again but I am not sure I would invest money in it.

Onwards. The finish line is in sight…


Dictating to 35,000 words

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Today I havenโ€™t been feeling great so I have been lying on the sofa and dictating into a google doc. It has been an amazing experience. It took some getting used to but I managed to get 3,542 words done. I probably spent about an hour actually talking spread out across this evening. There is a good chance that there are some serious autocorrect errors in there, and multiple words where only one is needed (for example I saidย โ€œhappyโ€ and it wrote โ€œhand peeโ€) but that is what editing is for. Plus, I am appreciative of the extra words with so few days left!

Curled up on the sofa with a fake fire going