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“He had been able to close his mind off from her. He had been able to keep secrets in a world were secrets weren’t supposed to be possible. Well apart from this giant one of course.”

— The Lion, the Witch and the New Kid


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NaNoWriMo – Catch Up Weekend

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At the start of yesterday (day 11), I had written 6926 words. This had taken my daily average goal up to 2,162 if I wanted to be in with a chance of reaching my 50k word target.

I’m learning that I struggle to write in the week so I need to make sure that I use my weekends to bulk up my word count.


Day 11 @ 2pm


When I logged off last night I had impressed myself with how much I had managed to write. While I was still not where I was supposed to be, I was a hell of a lot closer than that morning! 4,713 words to be exact.


Now at the end of Day 12, and a weekend dedicated to catching up, I have increased my word count by 8,393 words. It feels amazing to be over 15,000 words. I have never written this much on one project before. It feels amazing.


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Yesterday was not only the first time that I exceeded my daily word count target, but it was also the first time I used NaNoWordSprints.

@NaNoWordSprints is a twitter account dedicated to motivating writers during NaNoWriMo. They set small, manageable time challenges that allow writers to sprint towards their goals.

I will try and share some of my favourite prompts (if I remember) as the month goes on.

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NaNoWriMo2017 – Day 5

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We’ve been away for the last five days and first five of NaNoWriMo. It’s been amazing both for relaxation and for writing. Here are some highlights…

Day 1. Just arrived at Hare House. This is the writing view currently.
Night 1. Writing by the fire.
Day 2.
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Just about to start writing on Day 2. It’s chilly out here but I am under a blanket and feeling inspired!
Yay for Day 2!
Evening of Day 4. Things are not going as well as I would like. I’ve discovered a big stinking hole in my plot!

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NaNoWriMo2017 – Day 1


I have been itching to get going with my NaNo Novel. So itchy in fact that I wrote 200 words during a 15 minute word war at my region launch party at midnight.

Not sure what NaNoWriMo is? Read more here.

This is my first year taking part in NaNoWriMo. I feel like I am ready. I’ve got my idea and my outline. Now all that I have to do is write.

And write.

And write some more!


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My Novel Idea – NaNoPrep

As part of the #NaNoPrep season, participants declare their novels. Here is my idea as of 29th October including some book cover ideas that I have been playing with.

The Lion, the Witch and the New Kid

Daniel (name may change) arrives at his new foster home and is immediately unsure. Why does this house have lion statues on the gateposts? These people are going to be weird.

The other foster kids already in the house seem happy but they are also clearly keeping a secret. What is it that Daniel isn’t allowed to know? Will he ever be allowed to know?
Lionel and Morgana are used to having kids come and go. They have been helping those without a place to call home for years. Hundreds of years in fact.

Will Daniel be the sort of kid that gets to stay? Can he be trusted with a secret so big that the fabric of reality depends on it being in safe hands?

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