As the dust settles for those who completed NaNoWriMo 2018, I’d like to reflect, as one who didn’t take part.
As a semi-full-time mother (with a broken laptop!), I knew there would be little point me taking part this year as I rarely get time to read let alone write, especially with Christmas on the horizon. But I’ve been watching colleagues on Instagram take part and following their journeys.
I won’t deny to being a smidgen jealous of those with the opportunity to take part, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching them reflect and clock in their daily achievements. It’s been great seeing people post their graphs and their winner pages and being part of such an amazing journey. Because it is. Writing 50+K in a month is no mean feat!
So, will I take part next year? Honestly, no. I can’t see my situation changing that much to allow such dedication. (Though I do hope to have a new laptop soon!) My family comes first. People might argue that that shouldn’t be the case, that writing should be the most important thing in my life, but I can’t let it. Not when my child needs me. One year, I will get the opportunity so I shall enjoy that adventure when it happens.
If you are toying with the idea I would highly recommend it. The NaNoWriMo community is very supportive on Instagram (from what I saw), and would help make the experience even more special. Visit http://www.nanowrimo.org for more information. Happy writing!
Hello! I have some exciting news – my Bujo Shop is open!
I love Bullet Journals and think they hold such potential for writers, so I decided to start designing and creating pages to help with plotting, planning, marketing and writing.
If you are interested, please have a look at my shop. All items are very reasonably priced ($). I currently have two for November, one A4 sized and A5 sized.
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Please message me if you would like me to work on a commission for you and your Bullet Journal.
I’m quite a visual person, so I’ve been enjoying completing photo challenges in Instagram. This month’s challenge has been #oktowrimo by @author_r.c.martin and has involved a mixture of challenges regarding my WIP and Halloween. I’ve really enjoyed it, plus I’ve got to know some great people.
If you’re on Instagram please follow me and say “hi!”
I’ve just finished my first round of self-editing, editing my manuscript and then making the changes in my electronic copy, and I wanted to share something I started doing and found really helpful.
I’m a very visual person, so when faced with a big document of black and white, I found it tricky to see what I had edited, where I was and where I would be going. This is what I did to help.
If you’re a writer too, have you any similar tips for when you’re self-editing?
Sorry! I’ve been a bit quiet on here this month. I’ve been wrapped up with my first round of self-editing plus I’ve been busy on Instagram, taking part in two photo challenges #bawritinglife and #fantasywipseptember
Whilst the two challenges have varied in length they have both been enjoyable and enlightening. Although I reflect daily on my story, its world and characters, I’m not accustomed to sharing my reflections. So it’s been good practice for me. Plus, it’s been great meeting so many nice people!
Have a look at my Instagram Feed for my contributions and posts.
Today is my birthday! Something I haven’t shared on social media before, but with you I thought I would.
I thought it nice to reveal something about me every birthday, so you can get to know me a bit more. Maybe you could share something about you on your birthday? That way, I can get to know you too.
This year I’m going to share my favourite thing: blue skies.
My favourite colour is blue, in all its tones, and it featured heavily in my bedroom as a teenager (lemongrass walls and midnight blue ceiling, which I stuck glow-in-the-dark stars on in the shape the Altar star, Ara, the name of a cyborg from one of my first stories).
When I was at secondary school I dyed my hair blue with a temporary spray paint dye thing. I got told off by my teachers and laughed at by people in my school year, but I liked it. If I was an anime character, I would have blue hair.
I particularly love blue skies, and when I’m feeling down a blue sky always cheers me up. And gets me thinking. They’ve actually saved me too. When I lived in China I was very home sick and depressed but the need to see the blue skies of home got me through to my leaving date without giving up on life.
What’s your favourite colour and way?