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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Publication Day: The Perfect Winter Weekend

 

The Perfect Winter Weekend by Jennifer Joyce


It's publication day for my new book, The Perfect Winter Weekend, and you can grab a copy for just 99p/99c




The Perfect Winter Weekend by Jennifer Joyce


The Perfect Winter Weekend is a collection of uplifting short stories with meet-cutes, proposals, and lots and lots of romance!
The collection consists of ten stories:

The Unvalentine
Thinking About You
Lost & Found
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Stuck With You
The Perfect Winter Weekend
Road Trip
The Snowman
Winter One-derland
Meet Me on the Bridge


I hope you enjoy my collection of feel-good fiction. If you do, I'd love it if you could leave a quick review on Amazon :)

Monday, 11 October 2021

Coming Soon: The Perfect Winter Weekend

If you're a newsletter subscriber, you will have already had the chance to peek at the cover of my new book, The Perfect Winter Weekend (and hopefully grabbed your free copy) but if not, here she is!


The Perfect Winter Weekend by Jennifer Joyce


The Perfect Winter Weekend is a collection of uplifting short stories that I hope you'll love. There are meet-cutes, proposals, and lots and lots of romance!


The collection consists of ten stories:

The Unvalentine
Thinking About You
Lost & Found
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Stuck With You
The Perfect Winter Weekend
Road Trip
The Snowman
Winter One-derland
Meet Me on the Bridge


Each story is a bite-sized treat that's perfect for reading during the commute or sitting down with a cup of tea when you've got a few minutes to spare. It will be published on Thursday (14th October) but you can pre-order for just 99p now.


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The Perfect Winter Weekend: A Collection of Uplifting Short Stories



Monday, 4 October 2021

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Friday, 1 October 2021

Writing Tips: 3 Ways I'm Getting To Know My Characters

 

Writing Tips: 3 Ways I'm Getting To Know My Characters


It's October, which means Nanowrimo will be starting in just one month. I've already plotted out the book I'm planning to work on during November (I know, get me being all organised) but now I want to get to know my characters a bit better before I start.


There are probably loads of different ways that writers get to know their characters, but these are the three ways I'm going to get to know mine in preparation of Nano 2021:


1. Pinterest

Pinterest is a brilliant tool for writers, and one of the ways I use it is to create a board for my characters and pin images that I feel represent them; their hobbies, their  jobs, aspects of their personality, their look. 


This worked particularly well during the run-up to last year's Nanowrimo. I had my plot, planned out down to each individual chapter and scene, but I wasn't sure who my main character was. I was having a little look at Pinterest and I came across a photo of a woman wearing a thick green woolly coat with an orange skirt, royal blue jumper, grey tights and brown lace-up boots, and it was seeing this mish-mash of colours that somehow worked that made Zoey's character start to come alive in my head. I could see her wearing that outfit and as I searched for more quirky clashing outfits, her image grew with every picture that I pinned.



2. Questionnaire

There are loads of questionnaires that you can find online to fill out about your characters. For last year's book, I used Nanowrimo's questionnaire and although I didn't use all the questions provided, I picked out a few that I thought would be most useful. I didn't want reams and reams of questions and answers, but I did find those few I chose really helpful in finding out what made my characters tick.




It sounds a bit odd to take a career test on behalf of your character (especially if you're not trying to find a career for them, though sometimes I am looking for ideas for that too) but having to think about the answers your character would give to the questions is really helpful and I often find out things about my character that I wasn't aware of before the test!


So those are three ways I'll be getting to know my characters over the next few weeks. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share in the comments below :)

Friday, 24 September 2021

A Quick Catch Up

 

A Quick Catch Up

Can you believe we're at the tail end of September already?


Luckily, I LOVE September as we start to edge into autumn, with the weather cooling, the leaves falling, and the promise of Halloween. I haven't switched my summer clothes over for warmer ones in my wardrobe yet, but it will be happening soon (Jumpers! Snuggly cardis!)


The summer passed really quickly and I (finally) had my second pfizer jab, met up with some writer friends in Manchester (for the first time since Lockdown 1) and enjoyed the summer holidays with my girls.


Here's what else I've been up to over the past couple of months:


What Are You Working On?


I've just finished the first draft of a new book, which was a bit of a surprise as I hadn't planned on starting a new book until Nano. I wrote it over the summer and I really enjoyed discovering Tessa's story (you can find out more about it here).


The End


I've already plotted out the book I'll be writing for Nanowrimo, so I'm now writing some short stories. If you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll be able to read them soon (if you're not a subscriber yet but would like to be one, you sign up for free here)


What Are You Reading?


I'm currently reading The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams.
I loved Our Stop last year, so I've been really looking forward to diving into this one!


The Love Square | Laura Jane Williams


I've also recently read:


The Guest List by Lucy Foley | The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett | The River Home by Hannah Richell


The Guest List by Lucy Foley



The River Home by Hannah Richell


What Are You Watching?


I've been getting my fix of quiz/game shows recently, with Only Connect and The Hit List being my favourites, and I've also been feeding my nerdiness with A House Through Time.


The kids and I recently discovered Ackley Bridge on Netflix (and found series 4 on All4) and we really enjoyed watching it. There isn't much that the three of us will sit and watch together, so this made it extra special.


The teen and I have been catching up on our crime dramas, including Vigil and Lucan and the first two episodes of Vera, and we loved the latest series of Ghosts. I'm really looking forward to watching the rest of this year's Bake Off and getting stuck into Strictly.


What Have You Been Instagramming?


Instagram Collage


Reading and writing in the garden, the flowers I've been growing, Luna and day trips.


You can find me on Instagram here


So that's what I've been up to over the summer. Let us know what you've been up to in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Accidental First Draft

The Accidental First Draft

Do you remember the list of writing goals I made for 2021? Nowhere on that list did it say write the first draft of a whole new, non-Nanowrimo book. Yet I finished one yesterday.


I was in the middle of planning Book 14 (which, because I sneaked the third instalment of the Beginner's Guide series in, is now Book 15*) when Tessa's story started niggling at me. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I like to plan my books a lot. I'm an uber-plotter. The book I'm going to start writing for Nanowrimo, for example, has already been planned out, chapter by chapter, so that I'm ready to go on 1st November. I didn't have a plan for Tessa's story. I had a first line, that kept repeating itself over and over in my head, so even though I was busy planning Book 15, I wrote it down. And I added a bit more. And then a bit more.


By the time I'd finished planning Book 15, I had one and a half chapters of Tessa's story, written in tiny instalments. I still didn't have a plan for this book, but I decided to carry on, to see where Tessa took me.


The End


She took me to almost 90,000 words. I somehow wrote a whole book, with a beginning, middle and an end, without a plan, without really meaning to. It's a rough first draft, but there's a story there. There are characters I've got to know over the summer, who I've grown to love, and it's a bit strange not to be discovering what happens next in Tessa's life this morning. But I know she's happy, and that brings me a lot of joy.


I'll be putting Tessa's story aside for now: I have a list of goals for 2021 that I'm still working on. But she'll be going on my list of goals for 2022 and I'm looking forward to returning to her world.



*To make matters even more confusing, Book 15, which I'll be working on during Nano, has been usurped by Tessa's story, so is now
Book 16?