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My blog is moving home…

December 22, 2011

After much thought I’ve decided to move my blog from WordPress to my own website at 2012 is going to see a lot of new things happening in my writing as I finish my second novel and hopefully go back to work on the sequel to my first novel Primortia.

This blog will be staying up for archive purposes so please point your browser to my new home.

Goodbye from me at WordPress, and hello from me at!


The big finale (draft one!)

November 22, 2011

I’ve had great fun over the last couple of weeks: I’m writing the Big Action Scene Finale (TM) for my Steampunk WIP. Lots of explosions, big machines, heroes in peril etc etc etc. It’s looking good!

I’m pushing 90,000 words now on this first draft: the longest piece of fiction (or any kind of writing) I have ever produced. That’s an accomplishment in itself.

Of course, once I’ve written the first draft ending I’ll be going back to the beginning to fill in all the plot holes in my story. It may sound strange but I’m looking forward to that, as I know my characters far better now than I did at the start of the writing process. I can now go back and make them truer to themselves.


Nanowrimo 2011 approaches…

October 23, 2011

Despite my best intentions, my rough draft of the steampunk WIP is still, alas, unfinished. Real life has been super-busy. Some of you know I run a tutoring business to pay the bills, plus I’m training to be an indexer. These and other commitments have taken a huge toll on my time and creative energy.

I love Nanowrimo. I’ve participated (and won) twice. But this year I won’t be taking part in the normal sense. That’s because I currently have over 80,000 words of my steampunk WIP plus a 50,000 word super-rough first draft of Primortia 2. Starting a third WIP would be crazy.

So, instead, I shall be working away at the steampunk book. I’m getting close to the final scenes of the story, then I have to go back and tidy up the plot and fill in a few minor scenes that still need to be written.

The good news is that I am getting there, and the lessons I’m learning about realistic timescales and my own working processes are invaluable.

Still plodding onwards

August 28, 2011

Thanks to a hellish multi-day migraine and all sorts of real life commitments I am not going to make my 100K by the end of August target. However, I’m approaching 78K and will continue to plod onwards. The next week should give me some decent writing time and, after that, I shall continue to write as and when I can.

I’m now approaching the final chunk of my steampunk story, but then I will have to go back over the draft and add in lots of scenes to expand upon ideas seeded earlier on in the book. That should easily bring me up to my 100K target.

31 days in August

August 1, 2011

Have you seen my word count widget? It’s up to 67% of my target – that’s 67,000 words (well, 67,771 to be precise) towards the first draft of my Steampunk novel.

I’ve written a thousand in a mad writing frenzy tonight and it’s got me thinking. A new month brings a new perspective. There are 31 days in August. I don’t have many plans for the whole month. What if I could write an average of a thousand words a day for the month? That would get me within spitting distance of my first draft goal and that much closer to being able to bring out my second novel.

Nanowrimo sets the goal of 50,000 in 30 days. I’ve completed that challenge twice so I know I can do it if I put my mind to it. Therefore, I’m going to aim to write this 1K a day and finish my first draft. Because once that’s done, I can start to turn all this (very) raw material into the story I so desperately want to tell.

The coolest shop window ever?

July 30, 2011

I want to know what happens to the bad eggs…


Dear Blog

June 16, 2011

Dear Blog,

I know I have been neglecting you lately, and for that I humbly apologise. All I can offer in my defence is the plea that real life has been insanely busy, with a multitude of commitments nibbling away at my time from every direction.

The good news is that my blog silence has not been in vain. Today I passed the 60,000-word-mark on my Steampunk WIP, with more to come over the next few days.

I haven’t forgotten you, dear blog. I may be leaving you for nearly two weeks (I’m going away on holiday at the start of next week) but I’m not abandoning you. I shall return refreshed, pumped up and ready to finish my Steampunk WIP and share my thoughts with the world via your beautiful pages.

All my love

Sarah x

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