Early Mornings

I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ve been waking rather early lately, and rather than waste the mornings, getting stuck into the novel.  I can manage about 1200 words between 5 and 7 am. it’s nice to get the daily figure out of the way before the day really starts.

I currently try and do a quick(ish) edit of the previous day’s output before starting on new writing, so those two hours before 7 am feel pretty productive.

Currently, our hero lies buried in a snowdrift, awaiting rescue. I hope somebody finds him before he suffers any irreparable harm, somehow I suspect they will.

In the meantime, back at the ranch, the anti-hero has just made a complete ass of himself during an interview with a reporter and compounded his error by holding the interview in front of a dozen local residents who are now going to spread the word PANIC in large letters all over town.

Getting Colder and Colder

Unwelcome Visitors is coming along nicely now. I currently need to get through about 1100 words a day to reach the end before 31st October, which should firstly clear the decks for NaNoWriMo beginning on 1st November and secondly should act as a period of practice for November itself.

Our hero Inspector Carter seems to have got himself in a spot of bother. He’s alone out on the moors in one of the coldest winters in memory and has to reach shelter before nightfall if he is to have any chance of surviving.

His boss has suspended him from duty but he’s taken a rifle from the armoury and is determined to get to the bottom of the missing people. the same boss has obtained an arrest warrant for Carter and set his men in pursuit.

We’re over half way through and the number of missing people has now reached over fifty. How many more? When will the panic set in? and how will Carter resolve the situation?

Recommended Read

Just finishing Save the Cat Writes a Novel ‘ The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need.

I don’t normally do reviews, but this book is certainly worthy of some attention.  A couple of years ago I signed up for and started attending a writing course at a local college. What I had hoped to get was some specific instruction on structure, pacing, characterisation and the like.  But while the course was pleasant enough, I couldn’t see any of what I really needed and dropped out.

I feel that I should have read this book three years ago. It explains exactly what I, and possibly most other wannabe writers should know and do. 

There is a detailed breakdown into fifteen milestones, (she calls them ‘Beats’, I think in reference to the beat in music), each is explained,  with reference to well-known books and one is further sub-divided into five mini-beats.

She also lists ten genres which are not the traditional type of genre such as mystery, romance, sci-fi, etc. but which are much more wide-ranging and which make a lot of sense, such as Whydunit, Rites of Passage, Dude with a Problem, etc. Three points are required in each of these genres and each genre is then explored with a specific novel that is exploded using the beats. A ‘Beat-Sheet’ is given so that you can see how other authors, from JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to  Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, have created their masterpieces and match her template.

Jessica Brody, the author, writes in terms that I can understand, with multiple relevant examples, and walks the reader through the whole process of planning and creating a novel. 

Highly recommended. 

NaNoWriMo – The Gift

Provisional title The Gift. I’ll probably change it once there’s a bit more content. 

The story will be based on a short that I did for my local creative writing group. 

Plot involves a small(ish) town vicar and his struggle against a Satanist cult. 

Characters include some undead (not zombies). And their supporters. Our hero, his fiancée/wife. A friend? His uncle, a retired bishop, who’s close to death. And no doubt a few more minor characters along the way. 

I will need to prepare a few  key scenes, at least in outline and probably a suitable timeline as well if I’m going to hit the targets along the way. 


Okay, so I’m going to make an attempt at the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). this involves an attempt to write a new novel, or at least the start of a new novel, involving fifty thousand words, in the month of November.

To make any sort of realistic attempt on this target I need to clear the decks by finishing the first draft of the Winter story before the end of October.

It’s nice to have targets, even if they are somewhat difficult to achieve. But at least I can give it a shot. I actually have an idea in mind, based around an earlier (very) short story. It’s based on a sort of horror/gothic idea involving the supernatural and the modern world.

Stay tuned for more information.

Winter Not so Wonderland

Unwelcome Visitors is currently getting all of the attention. Currently standing at thirty-three thousand words. we’ve progressed to now know the situation in the neighbouring village, and its not good. Our hero has resolved to investigate and is, even as we speak, en route to do so.

One of the sub-villains, the heroes’ current boss is descending into panic induced paralysis, or so it seems. a refusal to acknowledge the seriosness of the situation and a fond belief in his own adequacy are conspiring to add him to the list of issues that have to be dealt with before the matter can be resolved.

Fortunately help is at hand, or at least not too far away. the lovely Felicity has summoned her old tutor to assist her in a scientific analysis of the problem and the ultimate boss is off doing ‘something’ although we’re not sure yet exactly what that is.

i’ve set a provisional target date for completion of the first draft as 31st October 2019. that currently means about one thousand words a day which isn’t too bad. just let’s hope that nothing else gets in the way.