Monday, 4 December 2017

NaNoWriMo recovery

First of all congratulations to all of you who took part in NaNoWriMo and saw it through - are you starting to recover yet or are the fingers still sore, the eyes tired and the brain exhausted? I remember all three perfectly from when I last took part but had circumstances been more favourable this year I wouldn't have hesitated to take part again. There's nothing like the buzz and satisfaction of seeing that word count go steadily up. Then there's the camaraderie of all taking part - I made several good writing friends from my time taking part and we still keep in contact, exchanging ideas and bouncing plots off each other. Anyway, well done all who took part, even those who gave it a try and fell by the wayside - I take my virtual hat off to you.

Away from the pressure of NaNoWriMo I've managed to tickle my way through a few new pages of my First World war novel, but at this rate it's not going to see the light of day for another decade - something's got to change. It doesn't help that I also have a hankering to get back to my fantasy novel too and that's before I even think about the two new novel ideas that just hit me out of the blue a few days ago.

I've long wanted to write a Western but they're just not popular anymore - in fact I don't recall ever seeing one for sale anywhere in the High Street. They're on amazon and specialist independent publishers of course, but I don't think I've ever seen one in Waterstones or Smiths for example, yet in the 1960's they were very popular. Maybe I can write the novel that kick starts the genre again? I've written a number of Western short stories, all of which got accepted and published and one of which the editor said was the best Western short story she had ever read and she's an editor of many years standing, so high praise indeed. So maybe there's something in that for me.

Other than that, the second of the five short story competitions I've entered so far announced their winners last week and sadly I didn't make the top 3 again, which was naturally disappointing but I'll keep persevering. The next 2 don't announce their winners to the end of January I believe so nothing for it but to forget them and work on something else I guess.

More info as it happens.

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