I Did It!

     I am so pleased that I managed to complete NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) this year.  NaNo-2017-Winner-Certificate-1I was very late starting my project, Fierce Revenge, and on the final day, my daughter Phoenix ended up in hospital.  Once we finally got home and I got everyone settled, there were only a few hours to go until the deadline.  With only 1,300 words to go, I had to go for it.  Despite being exhausted, and nearly falling asleep at the keyboard, I did it.  When I hit the target of 50,000 words I felt not only relieved, but also quite proud of myself.  With enough determination, you can do anything that you set your mind to.

     My only regret with NaNoWriMoimg_2817 this year, is that I didn’t get as active in the NaNoWriMo community.  I had so much going on, including visitors and illness, but next year I will plan my November more carefully.  Through the challenge, in previous years, I have met some wonderful people and we support each other.  We all have a common goal and interest and try to keep up the momentum.  We give each other advice and help those who hit the dreaded, ‘writer’s block’.  I feel so happy when others cross the finish line.  It is a very tough goal to reach and some of my writing friends didn’t manage to finish, but at least they made a start at a new project.

     My project this year, Fierce Revenge, took me on a wonderful journey and I have noticed how my writing has developed, even under pressure.  Fierce Revenge still has a lot of work to be done on it, but I will put it to one side, until I have finished my second novel, Survival At Any Cost.  I have been asked by numerous people to write a sequel to my debut novel, A Few Bad Boys.  I am sure that there will be a sequel, but at this moment, I am not sure when it will happen.

     Writing a novel is not easy and it7975313_orig does take an enormous amount of time.  When you finally write, ‘The End’, at the bottom of the novel, it is a huge relief, but then you remember that it is the first draft.  You then have to face more research, the re-writes and the edits, get it published and market it.  Like everything in life, if you want to achieve something, you have to work hard.  Although it has taken me a long time to get published, I have enjoyed my writing journey so far, and am really looking forward to all the future adventures that I will have.  It amazes me how attatched I have become to some of my characters in my novels.

     I have SummerReadingBannerdecided that from now until after the 6th January  (The Three Kings, here in Spain)  I will focus on improving my author pages etc, make a plan for 2018, and finalise my book trailer for A Few Bad Boys.  I also want to read more.  I love reading but it has had to be put to one side quite often this year.  Finding a way to rectify the situation is a priority to me, since I feel that I am missing out.  I also find that reading helps me relax.  There are so many books out there that I want to read, but I find it hard to decide where to begin.  If you are looking for Christmas presents for readers, you could get them my debut novel, by clicking this link A Few Bad Boys.

Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!


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