The Writing Mojo – Part 2

Mojo back

Back in the autumn I told you about how I had been struggling with my writing, but that a short story I had written on holiday had helped me get back into the writing mood.  You can read the full post here.

Well, time has moved on, and I’ve written a lot of words. I took the NaNo challenge to write 50,000 words during November, and I made it. It took a whole lot of effort – no TV or Twitter for me! – but I kept up the daily word count of about 1,600. The trouble was, once I’d got to the end of the month I was only about half way through my story.  By that time though, I’d developed my characters, set my scene, laid some hideous traps, and I was desperate to carry on. My alpha readers were also keen for me to continue – my husband and daughter devoured each chapter as I finished it and gave me feedback and encouragement.

So over Christmas and into the New Year I carried on, despite yet more family stuff getting in the way. I’ve ditched Twitter, and managed to maintain my NaNo routine so that writing has become a daily habit, and as of today, I’m 29 chapters and 96,000 words in. The world of my main character is imploding fast and I can feel the ending racing up towards me. It’s really exciting! I’m making life and death decisions on a daily basis, and my daughter isn’t talking to me because she can’t believe that I’d be so mean to people.


This is what 96,000 words look like!

This is what 96,000 words look like!

I hoping that I’m going to get it finished this week, because next Saturday I’ve got an appointment to have a speed-date with an agent at Foyles. I’ve not had an agent with any of my published books, but as this book is a different genre I though I’d try talking to a few people. So before Saturday I need to have a really slick synopsis of the book, and to write that, I’d really like to have a completed first draft. There aren’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in, but with my writing mojo back I’ve got every confidence that I can do it.

Wish me luck in (a) getting the book finished, and (b) talking to the agent!  I’ll let you know how I get on.

4 thoughts on “The Writing Mojo – Part 2

    • Hi Anne, my routine is all about stealing time. I used to do all my writing on a daily train commute, but now I drive to work so that opportunity has gone. So now I get up early, drive to the office and find somewhere quiet, then write for an hour. Occasionally I can do a lunch break too. Then when I get home, if I can persuade my husband to cook dinner I try to write a bit more. I usually allow myself an hour of TV after dinner, then it’s back to the laptop. I write well late at night which is a problem when the alarm is going off at 6! Luckily I seem to function OK on no more than 5-6 hours a night.

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