Writing Progress

This year I once again had a go at the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a book/50,000 words in the space of 30 days. I bent the rules somewhat this time around, using the 50k to finish off Some Other Scotland (yes, at last, I know!), write several short stories for both Every Photo Tells… and

Scapple for Quick Maps

I’ve mentioned my use of the relatively new application Scapple before, but as I work towards finishing off the epic that ‘Some Other Scotland‘ has become, this apparently simple little app has been making a growing impression on my workflow. Quick Recap: Scapple is in essence just a small mind-mapping application that gives you a

Pushing Forty

For the final weekend of NaNoWriMo I’m pleased to have hit the 40,000 word mark – a milestone worthy of comment, I think. That leaves only 10,000 words to hit the NaNo goal, but I think, from progress so far, that it will take up to 60,000 words to finish the story. Since it took

NaNo Halfway

The halfway mark for NaNoWriMo has passed and I am pleased to say that I have managed to stay on target. The little chart here shows a couple of yellow and orange days, which are those where the daily target was not quite reached, but that was balanced out be the days when I wrote

NaNoWriMo 2012

It’s that time of the year again and, after sitting out last year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I’m giving it another shot in 2012. This time I have set myself the goal of writing another 50,000 words to Some Other Scotland, so not technically a new story. The weekly nature of the news stories,

Wiener Blut

My NaNoWriMo story broke the 42,000 word barrier, but fell short of the 50,000 required to ‘win’. This is not a bad thing, however, as the story is far from finished. The final result is likely to be somewhere in excess of 80,000 words, but before I embark on completing it there is some further

We walked in the cold air…

Progress on the NaNo novel is going well, having hit over 12,000 words today. My rate slipped a little on Friday as I was en route to the wonderful city of Vienna to visit Katharina, who you may be familiar with from her work on the Every Photo Tells… podcast. She is blazing ahead with

Introducing “Rubbing Pennies”

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I have as many chapters of my story complete. The work-in-progress title I have given it is “Rubbing Pennies”, being the tale of a billionaire who is reduced to poverty and has a journey to make back to prosperity. The outline is still pretty vague around some of the details

NaNo Begins

NaNoWriMo has started and, at just twenty minutes in, I have 213 words written. It’s a long way to go, but it is a start. I have two main characters worked out and a pretty good idea of the first three or four scenes. Beyond that is where there be dragons: uncharted and unplanned territory.

NaNo Prep

Next month is going to be pretty crazy, with 50,000 words to get down in only 30 days, so a little preparation is required. The first thing to do is to clear the boards to make room for the novel. That means I can’t afford the time to be writing other things. No Some Other