How is everyone doing? A quick check in for me. I didn’t check in on Sunday (I was at Kew Gardens seeing Bill Bailey. He was brilliant.) It’s been a bit of a lovely few days off. We went to the beach, saw Bill Bailey and went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I loved it ( I know I shouldn’t have. I’m in my 30’s.) I was crying my eyes out. Anyone else seen it?
Things are on track. I am averaging about 812 words a day using 750 words and have managed to write something every day so I am still in the July challenge for 750 words plus I am on track to finish Camp Nanowrimo on time. I do need to sit down and do an updated plan taking into account the advice I got at the RNA conference. I don’t think I am going to get anything into the RNA NWS reader which is annoying but hoping next year.
I am a little slow in writing about the RNA conference but I wanted to write a few words about it. The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual conference was held at the Harper Adams University in Telford. As it was my first conference, I was both excited and nervous as I made my way up the M6, wondering what the weekend had in store for me. I didn’t have a good drive up (it felt as though everyone in Britain had decided to go in the same direction,) and so I missed the first session I had booked in for (which was a shame as it was a talk by Talli Roland about self-publishing.)
Waiting for the conference to begin
When I eventually made it to Telford, found my room (I didn’t do the Uni thing and so being in Uni accommodation was a new experience,) and got to where I needed to be, I was just in time for the official start to the weekend. Pia Fenton, the RNA Chair welcomed us all and then we went through all of the celebration announcements. It was so nice and inspiring to hear so many achievements – people getting agents, published etc. It was a great tone in which to kick the weekend off. After this was done, I went along to a talk hosted by Lucy and Vicki from Harlequin. It was interesting to hear about all of their imprints and the kind of thing they were looking for in a book – advice I will certainly be keeping in mind. Continue reading »
Here’s my check in for Wednesday 16th July. It’s my first one since beginning round three. This was deliberate. I had only just set out my goals when Wednesday check in rolled around last week and Sunday, I had just travelled back from the RNA conference.
This had been my first ever conference. I had wanted to go to one since joining the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers Scheme but this year was the first time I could go (not being able to go was mostly financial.) I am planning on writing a post about it (separate from this one.) I had such a good time. It was exhausting but great.
All this is on track in terms of Camp Nano (I’m on about 13,000/25,000 words) and 750 words. I am still OK for the 750 words challenge (I’ve not missed a day yet.) I had some feedback for my novel over the weekend so I am trying to tweak the idea now but so far so good on all three.
It’s all ready 7th July which means a new round of A Round Of Words in 80 days. My attempts to take part in previous rounds this year haven’t gone so well so I am determined that this round will be better.
It’s been a busy year with Novel Kicks so far. I’ve also been putting off writing. I know I am being a scaredy cat when it comes to writing my novel. I am worried it’s going to be rubbish and so this is a huge problem when it comes to actually writing. So, this round is all about getting enough of the book written to send to the RNA in August.
I am going to the RNA conference next weekend and I am incredibly nervous not only because it’s my first one but I have sent my first chapter off to be critiqued by three editors who I will then have the opportunity to have a one to one with. This is the first time (other than the RNA reader) that I have sent my work out into the world and I feel strangely protective of both it and my ego. I am not sure what they are going to say.
It’s Sunday. Where did that week go? I do seem to be chasing my tail a lot right now. However, I have made a little progress on the goals which I will get too shortly.
Life is mainly made up of work (day and night shifts) and trying to catch up on the sleep in between. Novel Kicks is also keeping me busy and I’m introducing new columns and features (one is a weekly Q&A with an Editor which I’m excited about.)
I am currently reading Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane for the Novel Kicks book club and loving it so far. I’m having to sneak in reading the odd page whenever I can. Although I will always love books, that’s where e-books do come in handy.