My NaNoWriMo Word Count Widgets!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


I've spent most of today researching tai chi for my next book (a chick-lit, light and fluffy, feel-good read) which I'm going to have to write in one month.  It sounds scary and impossible - 50,000 words in 30 days - but, when I look back over my blog, I realise I wrote a hell of a lot in three months.

I think, when I started my blog, I had around 25,000 words.  It now sits at around 92,000 (although it's rapidly shrinking now I've started editing!) after 3 months of not-so-solid writing.  If I really get my head down, I think I can do it.

Hospital Corners has been a great learning experience for me, and it's journey doesn't end just because I've written the words "The End".  I spend time each night (generally in bed with my last cup of tea) reading through a chapter with my trusty red pen in hand.  It's much easier to see where things don't work if you read a printed version, rather than staring at a screen.  I think the edited version will quicken the pace without cutting out too much characterisation or description.  I hope...

There's a lot of talk on Authonomy about e-publishing and whether it's the way forward or not.  I'm not making a decision one way or the other with regards to Hospital Corners.  If a publisher approached me and told me they'd edit and publish my manuscript for e-publication, I'd jump at the chance.  Of course, I'd love to have a printed version in my hands, but something is better than nothing.  I may even invest in a Kindle for Christmas to check out the variety of books available and the level I'd be up against. 

Anyway - those are my musings for today. 

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