Short NaNoWriMo 2015 wrap-up

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A couple of weeks ago I did a NaNoWriMo 2015 mid-point update.

And I know you’ve all been losing sleep wondering if I managed to stick to my target to write an average of 1,000 words a day in November. Haven’t you? πŸ˜‰

The good news is… *insert drumroll*

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I did it! As you can see from my stats here below, I reached my goal by the skin of my teeth, but I did it.

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#NaNoWriMo 2015: mid-point update

For those of you who’ve seen NaNoWriMo popping up all over the place the past couple of weeks and are wondering what it’s all about, the following cartoon gives a neat summary:

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I decided writing 50,000 words was an unrealistic goal for me. Instead I decided to use November to write an average of 1,000 words a day on my work in progress, my second novel. This project has been stalled for the last three months. Back in July I hit 47,000 words and the difficult “middle section”: not as exciting as the start, not as thrilling as nearing the end. I think it may be the writing equivalent of “the wall”.

And… so far, so good! As of last night I have written 15,421 in fifteen days πŸ™‚

So although I won’t write 50,000 words in November and “win” NaNoWriMo, it looks like I will be 30,000 words further towards “The End” and hopefully closer to the original plan of having a first draft written by Christmas.

To everyone else doing NaNoWriMo and those having to live, work or interact with anyone taking part: keep going! You can do it! 15 days down, only 15 to go. Oh, and I find chocolate helps…

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If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo 2015, how’s it going? If you’d like to be writing buddies, you can find me on the NaNo site under my Twitter handle: ClaraVal πŸ™‚

Β Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Writing progress 5 July 2015 (JuNoWriMo wrap-up)

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Another week, another (very polite and kindly worded) rejection. So that’s 3/5 rejections so far for the first round of submissions to agents for my first novel, Art and Soul, which I sent out at the end of May. The positive way to view this? There are two who haven’t rejected my submission yet! πŸ™‚

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Writing progress 29 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo Challenge)

Snoopy Schultz Peanuts cartoon writer rich and famousUnfortunately, nothing new to report on finding a literary agent to represent my first novel, Art and Soul.

In the meantime, I’m still working on my second book. I think my hypothetical elevator pitch for it would be: “It’s contemporary women’s fiction. Think It’s a Wonderful Life (yes, the 1946 Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart) meets Beauty and the Beast.” If that doesn’t get your mind buzzing…

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Writing progress 22 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo Challenge)

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Sorry, but I have nothing new to report on getting a literary agent to represent my first novel, Art and Soul. I’m still waiting for further responses to my first round of submissions.

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Writing progress 15 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo Challenge)

I came through on my promise about the chocolate fudge cake! If you haven’t checked it out yet, go here now. πŸ™‚

Enough with chocolate (ah, but can you ever have enough?)! Back to the writing…

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If you follow my ramblings, you’ll know that 2 weeks ago I sent the first 3 chapters of my first novel, Art and Soul, to 5 literary agents. In week one post-submission, I got 1 rejection. In week two, I got another.

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Writing progress 8 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo challenge)

There will be chocolate fudge cake here next week, I promise! I’m a bit behind with my posts. In the meantime…

Snoopy writer on rejection cartoon peanutsLast week I submitted sample chapters of my first novel, Art and Soul, to five literary agents.

I already have my first rejection.

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