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.
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.