Friday Five – Tools for a Challenge #ChaBooCha

Five essential tools for a challenge

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you’ll know that I’m in the middle of the Chapter Book Challenge.

This week, I thought I’d share with you five of my essential tools to get the writing done.

  1. Note book – this is something I carry with me everywhere. As it’s not possible to take a month off work, ferrying kids to after school activities and everything else to do with life as a working, writing mother, the notebook is an essential tool to capture those elusive ideas that come at inconvenient moments. [Read more…]

Reflecting on 2013

Reflecting on 2013

Reflecting on 2013

I know it’s not quite New Year’s Eve, but it’s close enough. I have a few minutes to sit down and reflect on 2o13 and what I have achieved. When I sat down to write this post, I thought I’d written a post with goals for the year, but I hadn’t.

A few things happened this year, I’ll try and go through them as much as I can. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Getting through a writing challenge

Don’t slip up in a challenge

Last week, I gave five tips to prepare for a writing challenge before it starts. This week, here are five tips to get through a writing challenge. It can be tempting to give up part way through, but it doesn’t have be that way.

  1. Set writing time – with everything else that goes on in a writers life, sometimes it can be hard finding time to write. In a challenge month it is important to set aside time for writing, and guard it jealously.
  2. Set mini goals – writing 50,000 words or a whole non-fiction book in a month can seem daunting. To help, set yourself some mini goals. This could be a daily word count or a timeline for when a chapter or section will be finished. This will help the task seem more achievable. After all, writing 1500 words seems less daunting than writing 50,000. [Read more…]

Writing Sprints

Writing sprints – help to get it done

Recently I’ve discovered writing sprints. To be more accurate, I have rediscovered them.

The first ones I discovered were to write until you got to 1000 words. I don’t think I really participated – possibly because trying to get to 1000 words in a sitting seemed daunting at the time.

The ones I’ve been doing recently, however, seem right up my alley right now. Someone says “Go” and we write for a set amount of time. Generally this is 20 or 30 minutes. The aim is to write as much as possible in the time. Whoever started the sprint says “Stop” at the end of time and we check in with a word count or a general comment on how we went in the sprint. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Meeting a monthly writing challenge before it starts

Don’t get daunted by a monthly challenge

As well as the Write NonFiction in November challenge, there are many others, such as NaNoWriMo and the Chapter Book Challenge. Not all challenges are in November. Different challenges have different requirements such as word counts or goals, but the aim for all of these is to get us writing.

Juggling a challenge along with everything else life throws at us can be challenging – I’m a single Mum of 2 boys, work part time, run a household, and fit in writing when I can. I know I’m not the only one who juggles writing with a family and a job. [Read more…]

November Challenge – Week 1… #NaNonFiWriMo

Fantastic Fillers – progress update

It’s the 7th of November, and this means that week 1 of Write Nonfiction in November has come to an end. So far, I’m finding it a lot easier than expected.

Why? A few different reasons:

  • Prepared – Fantastic Fillers is something I have been working on all year. I started blogging this book back in February, so I had a lot of information that just needed to be pulled into line. [Read more…]

November Challenges…

Which challenge in November?

For some reason, November is the popular month for writing challenges… the biggest challenge right now is deciding which one to be part of!

Some of the ones that I know about include:

  • NaNoWriMo – This is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write a novel in month of around 50,000 words.
  • PiBoIdMo – This is Picture Book Idea Month. The idea is to write an idea for a picture book every day during November. While registration is now closed, I could still do this unofficially.
  • Write NonFiction in November – This one explains itself. The idea is to write a non-fiction book during November. [Read more…]
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