Sunday, 21 January 2018

A Round Of Words update

This is my first ROW80 check in on a Sunday. I don't normally blog on a Sunday. In the past, I would write the post and schedule it if I wanted it posted on the weekend. But that won't be possible if my check-ins are going to be accurate. So here goes.

2 drafts of Don't Forgive Twice completed. - I will edit ten pages a day (including the rewrite) and do 1 chapter of Structure Your Novel workbook per day.

I am pushing through the editing of the pages. But as I work through the workbook alongside, I am finding there are major changes that need to be made. I am considering a possible complete rewrite, but wonder if that would just be a waste of time. 

I will also finish the Writer's Village University course on writing Mystery Short Stories (approx. 1 assignment a week)

I have done the first assignment. There are 6 in total, so 5 left.

I will continue to work my way through DIY MFA at one chapter per week.

I am keeping up with this, alongside the DIY MFA book club. Both are helping me be more focussed and aware of what works for me.

The novel is a tough one, with major decisions to be made. I know the murder victim, but haven't quite pinned down why he was killed. I am currently listening to a podcast which is giving me insight into the world I am trying to develop. I have another witness/suspect in the pool now, but I must say, writing the novel is proving a challenge.

But with the support of my husband, and of course, you dear readers, I hope it is not just a pipe dream that will never be fulfilled.

Please let me know how things are going for you in the comments!


  1. Writing a novel is never easy! Persevere, and it will come. I've been working on the same novel for eons. I've done a few rewrites already, but my writing has definitely improved, so there's that! I'm planning on finishing it this year.

  2. I hope you are right. I HAVE to finish it this year, because if I don't, I probably never will. I hope you get there too. And yes, writing improves with writing :) Look forward to hearing more from you.

  3. Good luck with the novel. I just finished my first mystery, and I'm not sure how I did on it (I'm waiting for editor notes) so I can't really give you any real advice except persevere! It will be clearer I think once you finish the draft.

  4. The DIY-MFA is on my to-do list, as well. I'm currently midstream with Pixels to Platform - life and death got in the way, but I will be getting back to it soon.

    Revision has been the hardest part of the writing process for me, thus far. However, I found a course that's really giving me a cohesive insight into what works and what doesn't, in a systemic way. I hope you find something that works well for you!


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