I have (foolishly) signed up for NaNoWriMo again this year. I dithered a bit because last year it was tough writing so many words each day and because I am still working on finishing the first draft of last year's novel. But I had the inspired idea to write a sequel/spin off of last year's novel, so I feel that at least I am keeping in touch with my story. My word counter to the right will keep track of my efforts. I don't think I will get anywhere near the 30,000 words I managed last year, but it can't hurt to have three novels on the go for when I get that publishing deal and they want a 3-book deal! :-)
Excellent workshop with Martyn Waites at the Guildford Book Festival. He gave some great tips on how to drive a crime story forward. He also outlined a writing exercise which he called 'A crime story in five paragraphs' to help you work through some key elements of a crime story. He was really pleasant and very willing to answer any questions about all aspects of writing and getting published and his own journey into crime writing. Most illuminating! I am not sure whether it was encouraging or discouraging to find out that his first novel took five years to get published.
This year I have finally managed to get organised enough to attend the Guildford Book Festival this month. I have booked myself on the crime writing workshop in an effort to gain some insight to help me move my crime novel along. I may even attend other workshops as well. We'll see what happens. I am really looking forward to it.
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