Not a Quitter, just being realistic

I’m bowing out of Nano again. I think I’ve realised that I’m never going to finish, but at least the first couple of weeks have gotten me used to following a schedule for all of my work. I’ve realised that all of the time I set aside for writing I can use for additional studying.

To me Nano has always been more of an organisational exercise than anything else. And it manages to help me achieve that. Especially after a summer of doing little else than reading and working.

Maybe I’ll finish Camp Nano in the summer.


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Plots, Plans and Purple Rabbits

I have a plan for NaNoWriMo, although I have no idea as to whether I’ll be using it this year or next, or maybe even the year after.

I’m putting together all of my research and having a go at writing it, but I’m not sure about whether I’m going to manage finish. There’s a lot going on, and with starting to work night shifts I just don’t know where I’m going to find time to sit down and write. Especially with university deadlines just around the corner.

I’ve got plot bunnies attacking from all sides, and for some reason they are purple, and are reminding me of Lavander.

I’ve got the plot sorted, got plans in place, and the method in which I want to tell the tale. Everything just needs a bit more detail and lots of attention.

Roll on November
VH x

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Novel Ideas

I’ve been reading and watching a lot of Austen and Period Drama towards the end of the summer, and I’ve found myself wanting to write my own historical novel. Some how I think it’s likely to end up as a Gothic Romance, but it’s an idea all the same.

Cadie, who if you read the other blog you may know is my roommate, had a bit of a raid through my writing journals. Glad she didn’t find the truly embarrassing ones, but I will endeavour to hide my more racy journals better, just in case. She found an excerpt from the beginning of an idea… that’s all it was meant to be, but demanded that if I ever had the time that I write it.

Yesterday I had a look at the excerpt again and found myself wondering what I would actually do with it. I have two characters, Baron Etchdale and Lucinda “Lucy” Armitage. I have very little background for my characters, other than Lucy being of a wealthy family with the fortune entailed to her first son should she marry and the Baron being an older man, a rake and a gambler, whose money is running out.

The snippet I wrote was of a dark and dimly lit scene, where Baron Etchdale is dragging Lucy towards the dungeons and a possibly horrid fate. It just appeared as I took my seat to write, so I wrote it down. I expected nothing to come of it, there still may be nothing that may grow out of it. But it is a start. I have been wondering as to whether I would try my hand at a historical novel for November. But we shall see how it goes. I may find myself setting aside an hour here and there for research during October.

So long for now

VH x

Day 12 (Or a belated Day 11)

My camping journey has come to a sharp end. Yesterday I received exam results for my first year at University; they aren’t pretty.

I’ve got three exams to resit, and they are scheduled for the end of August; so not much time.

So I end my July camp on a respectable word count of 11625.

I would like to thank all of you who followed me, there will be writing updates throughout the year, not just during nano. But I have to pack away my characters and pull out the textbooks.

see you later.


Day 10…

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m still here.

I’ve recently started a summer job, working 9 til 9 during the day while is pushing me to draft on paper and type up at the weekend, or whenever I have an afternoon.

I’ve just passed the 10k mark, and I’m hoping that I can catch up with my word count. Although I’m just trying to keep going at the moment, I’ll worry about the word count later. I’ve just added an extra thousand to my word count, and I hope that once I get back to my computer I’ll be able to push that word count up a bit higher. If not there are hundreds of uncounted words in ink sitting quietly in my notebook.

Golden Era? Rocking out to the oldies

I’ve recently discovered that I can play radio through my iTunes 🙂 so I’ve discovered some new (old) novel writing music.

I grew up listening to my Dad’s vinyl records, listening to echoes of musical past coming from the record player. And I loved it. As I’ve grown I’ve connected more with the Motown era, stretching through the British Invasion and of course Glam Rock.

I never realised how much I missed it, or how many songs knew the words to until I found the songs on CD and radio. I have long wished to have my dad’s record collection, and wished so much to have friends who would understand my musical taste. The ‘old’ stuff isn’t rubbish, it’s what built the foundations for modern music.

So I’m listening to my “Old” music, and writing my novel, and I’m enjoying it.

Rock On!

Day 1

Today marks the beginning of my writing holiday… and honestly I haven’t done much of it. I finished all of my outlining last night, there are a few bits and pieces which will be panned as I go along, but the general ideas are there.

As of yet I haven’t even looked at my notebooks. I keep telling myself that doing nothing will not get to that word target, but motivation is lacking. With having Mum’s birthday to prepare for (wrapping presents and baking a cake) and waiting for the Sky man to bring hope back home (we’re waiting for a new broadband router) I just haven’t found myself wanting to write.

I get lost in my words sometimes, and that doesn’t help when I’m meant to be listening out for the front door…

5 days, 11 hours to go

As I have finally decided what I am going to be writing about. I’m putting together my plans and working out those important facts.

I’m a bit nerdy when it comes to numbers, like birthdays and anniversaries. I like things to add up, and I like them to be consistent. I learned early on that I am bad a stuff like this, unless I manage to write it all down before hand.

Still working on a system for keeping track of everything… if anyone has any good ways, please let me know.

Any how I have three women and three gorgeous stories to write about them. I’m hoping to hit my 50,000 word target.

Happy Writing
VH x

Setting the Starting Line

As I’m now back home, and getting settled, it’s nearly time to set my novel information, and get everything set for July’s Camp Nano.

I have several ideas at the moment, but nothing that I could honestly make a 50,000 word novel out of.

Once everything is sorted out, I’m going to start with word sprints and iPod shuffle drabbles. Expect to see a lot of mishaps and random writings appear here.

VH x

An Early Beginning

Having missed the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo due to coursework deadlines I’ve taken it upon myself to prepare for the July competition.

I’ve enjoyed taking part in previous competitions, I’ve found that even if I do not finish there is a thrill. Requiring to spend a couple of hours writing every day during the competition is a brilliant help at becoming organised. With the main event being in November, and very close to the beginning of the Uni term it’s so helpful after a summer of being a lazy student.

Today appears to be very early for July, but I want to be prepared. This time I plan on writing a completely original work instead of my usual fan-fiction. I thought that for this year I would be prepared.