|July to December 2018...|
This was the busiest month of the year and consequently wrote the most blog posts!
The month began with a guest visit from Leicester RNA Chapter member, Madalyn Morgan with her latest book release Chasing Ghosts.
Quickly followed by another mini-workshop for NWC, along with the deadline for my article for Writing Magazine the day after. Then the weekend of the RNA Conference starting the day after my article went in...
|My Writing Magazine article...|
(I even get a mention on Wikipedia.)
My office was (unexpectedly) decorated.
A much needed weekend away in Scarborough. Attended a dialogue workshop at NWC. And whenever possible took photos of the #Hoodwinked statues around Nottingham before they went off to be auctioned for charity. One of the pictures was used on the back cover of NWC's Autumn issue of the club magazine 'Scribe'.
Trying out using file cards for keeping consistency with the characters in my WIP.
Taking care of my eye health and moving to a new monitor screen with low blue light- it has really made a difference to my eyes.
Fantastic way to end the year, Christmas parties and the NWC Awards Night all in one week.
I won the Mary Street Memorial Shield for a romance novel. One of those ideas that get in the way of what you're working on so you write it down to get it out of the way- for later. Well the 1920's story idea (the vintage fair earlier in the year) became the first three chapters and synopsis for this year's entry.
As I've won this trophy three times now I'm meant to judge the next time it runs in 2020...
|My recent trophy win...|
All of the Belmont Belles are a fantastic fount of knowledge, advice and support; I value their friendship and look forward to our regular meetings knowing I will go home inspired and encouraged to keep working.
So my final word count last year was 36, 444.
My 2018 total still has time to increase and I'll update it for an end of the year total in a few weeks, but I have exceeded last year's total...
Plans for 2019
Keep on with draft two.
Take up opportunities that may come along.
Apply for the RNA's New Writer Scheme in January (there's a limited number of places).
I always think I haven't done much, but when I look back I find I've achieved far more than I realised.
I'm still aiming to get a book out in 2019 under my Serena Lake pseudonym.
As long as I keep moving forward, I'm happy...