• NaNoWriMo

    Nanowrimo: Extract

    So I’m all worded out. At just over 27,000 words, I’m done for the month. Quite an achievement, obviously not as good as I hoped, but I’ll deal with what went wrong, and what went right, in another post. I thought, since you’ve come along for the ride, that I might give you a taste of what I was writing about. As I said in an earlier post, I changed my story within the first few days, and I’m pretty happy with what I have down for the new one. I think it has the potential for a life after Nano, and I have most of the major scenes that…

  • NaNoWriMo

    Nanowrimo: Day 21 – Help!

    So, here’s the deal. Three days off has meant no more words added to my Nano novel, and I’m finding it hard to connect with the story again.I’ve also realised I’ve been focussing too much on trying to make this story “good” and “readable” rather than just writing the damn thing and having fun. While I think this story has a chance at life after Nano, I’ve reverted to “pre-Nano writer” and been giving the story too much reverence. I need to get back to Super Writer mode, and fast! What am I doing to fix this? I’m glad you asked. I’m going to throw my characters out of their…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Sunday Sesh #12 – Cascade Stout

    This Sunday Sesh brought to you by Cascade Stout. I’ve cheated a little this week and also in order to get ahead over the next few weeks – I bought a gift pack from Cascade with four of their beers in, so I’ll be reviewing them all over the next month. I’ve heard they make a good brew down in the southern-most state (something to do with the pureness of the water they reckon), and I wasn’t disappointed with this week’s choice. “Hints of coffee and chocolate” I’m joined in today’s Sunday’s Sesh with the Little Sister and the Bro-in-law, visiting from the Sunny Coast. They both had a taste of this.…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Nanowrimo: Half Way

    I’ve been a little bit lax the last couple of days with the Nano thing. We had a big weekend and I tried to find some time to write but it didn’t turn out that way. Usually, I’d beat myself up for it and spend the next few days depressed because I couldn’t be disciplined enough to get words down, but I tried something different this time around. This time, I promised myself more treats. And it seems to have worked. Rather than concentrating on hitting my 1,667 words/day goal, I decided that every time I cranked out another 1,000 words, I’d give myself a Wagon Wheel. It also helps…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Sunday Sesh

    Sunday Sesh #10 – Cricketer’s Arms Lager

    Today is a celebration Sunday Sesh, and I’m doing the honours with a Cricketers Arms Lager, brewed in Melbourne. This one is light and crisp. If you look closely at the photo you’ll see there’s lots of bubbles. It’s very light for a lager, and it smells sweet and fruity. It goes down a little bit like a shandy, which isn’t a bad thing on a hot day. The sweetness in this brew takes the edge off the bitterness. If you like Bare Cove Radlers, you’ll like this drop. So, why the celebration? In the last 24 hours, I’ve managed to write more words in one novel than I’ve written across 4…