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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Five


I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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After the excitement of last week, it was time to settle down and get some new words written - especially as it's the last week before the school summer holiday starts.

It's much more difficult to find time to write during the holidays, especially as I'm not a fan of writing in the evenings. I usually want to relax with a book (for reading, definitely not my own) or TV, so getting my arse in the chair at my desk is TOUGH. Plus, if I do manage it, I find it hard to switch off afterwards, meaning I can't sleep.

So this week was important. I needed to get down as much as possible. So, off I went, fuelled by my friend, Yorkshire Tea.

 
Confession: it didn't go as well as I'd hoped.
 
My aim each week is 10,000 words and I fell short at 7,129. Coupled with the fact I was behind schedule last week too means I'm now almost 10,000 words short of the 50,000 words I wanted to be at this stage.
 
I really need to pull my socks up over the holidays!
 
 
Weeks of Child-Wrangling Ahead
Six
 
Weeks I'm Behind Schedule
One
 
Word Count
40,590
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 
The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 
 
 


Monday, 15 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Four

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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The jubilation of last week's triumph of catching up with my word count goal seems like a distant memory, and I won't be able to claim I'm still on track this week. Far from it as there has been a spanner in the works this week. BUT this is a wonderful spanner. The best spanner I could ever have wished for!

On Monday, I received a call from my editor to pass on the (flipping amazing) news that The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea was going to go to print, with the paperback version being stocked in Sainsbury's and on Amazon!!!

I was obviously over the moon. The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is my sixth novel, but the first to make it to paperback and I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands. I've wanted this to happen since I was little, so when the time comes, it really will be a dream come true!



Before the paperback can happen, the book needed to be proofread and I was sent a set of proofs to check. So The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything] has had to take a back seat this week while I concentrated on the proofs. They're all done now and back with my editor, so I can now pick up the reins with The Fairytale Effect again and try to catch up. It's my daughters' last week in school before they break up for the summer holidays next week, so I'll have to get as much done as I can as squeezing in writing time during the holidays can be tough!

Books I've Proofread This Week
1
 
Times I've Pinched Myself This Week
Many. I've lost count
 
Word Count
33,461
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 
The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 
 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Three

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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Last week, I ended up slipping behind schedule. It was only a few thousand words, but it's so easy for those few thousands to mount up, which becomes increasingly difficult to catch up. Plus, I have family commitments and I knew this week I wouldn't have as many writing days as usual. If I fall any more behind, I know I'll be playing catch up for the next few weeks and panicking as my deadline looms.

So my aim for this week was to write 3,000 words per writing day, which would cover this week's word count goal, plus the words I didn't manage last week.

 
And I did it! I wrote 13,026 words, which nudged me over the 30,000 words mark and brought me back on track with my 10,000 words per week goal - go me! Having a detailed plan has really helped as I haven't had to think too much about what each scene will involve as I sit down to write as I'd already figured it out beforehand. It meant I could sit down and just write (in theory. 'Popping' onto Twitter and Facebook slightly snags the plan).
 
And there was more good news this week as I received some exciting post - my new two-book contract with HQDigital (HarperCollins), which The Fairytale Effect (the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything) is part of. So it's all official now. All that's left to do is actually write the books...
 
 
 
Books I've Bought This Week
 
Milestones I've Reached This Week
Around a third of the way through The Fairytale Effect - woo!
 
Word Count
30,248
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 
The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Two

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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So this week hasn't gone very well, word count wise. This started on Monday when I wrote a grand total of 780 words, which didn't quite meet my 2,000 words/day goal. Distractions this week have included looking into holiday accommodation, family commitments and the publication of The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea.

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I had good intentions to spend some quality time at my desk this weekend, which started out well on Saturday. I managed to up my word count so that I was less than 3,000 words away from my target of 20,000 words. This meant that I was within reach of my goal. If I spent a bit of time at my desk on Sunday, I would be there.

Except I didn't park my behind at my desk AT ALL on Sunday. Bad writer!

So I'm slightly behind schedule but I can make it up next week. Can't I?


 
Candles I've Been Burning This Week
Spring Flowers (Home Inspirations by Yankee Candle)
 
Things I've Discovered
My Dad Wrote A Porno Podcasts (HILARIOUS)
 
Word Count
17,222 (must do better)
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 
The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 
 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week One

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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With my detailed outline, it was time to start Chapter One of The Fairytale Effect (this is the working title of Book 8, but could change at some point). I always feel a mixture of excitement and nervousness whenever I start a new book. I can usually see my characters, I know what their story is (to whatever extent my planning has gone to) but I always worry that I won't be able to capture it quite right on paper.

But after a few distractions (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, checking the links - again - in the newsletter I'll be sending out soon, faffing about in Canva), all designed to delay the inevitable, I cracked on with Chapter One. And do you know what? I loved it! Emily's voice came through straight away and although it's early days, I can see her character emerging.

 
It's been really hot again this week (seriously, the whole of Britain was in danger of turning into one giant, sweaty puddle) so using a laptop hasn't always been pleasant with the added heat. But I've managed (somehow) and completed the first four chapters of The Fairytale Effect. I'm loving my new set of characters - especially Emily - but Kevin, her best friend's boyfriend, has also presented himself as being a fun character. I couldn't really 'see' him during the planning stages, but he's brought himself forward and I'm looking forward to more scenes with him.
 
Although I have a structured outline, there's still room to manoeuvre and I've already had to shuffle a couple of scenes - and deleted two that no longer seemed necessary and would only slow the plot down.
 
I'm aiming for 10,000 words per week, but I'm around 600 words short so far. BUT, it's only Friday so I'll just have to make sure I have a little session at my desk this weekend.
 
 
 
 
Books I've Read This Week
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
 
TV I've Enjoyed This Week
Big Brother & ITV's Fearless
 
Word Count
9,452 (but it WILL reach 10,000 this weekend)
 


 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 
The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Planning

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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I'm a bit of a planner when it comes to writing books. The degree of my planning really depends on the book I'm writing at the time; A Beginner's Guide To Salad has three POVs with some overlapping scenes and quite a structured timeline, so I did a LOT of planning beforehand, right down to individual scenes, whereas I set off writing The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea with little more than a detailed synopsis (this too has three POVs, but it felt right to just go with the flow more).

 
I started off by plotting out my initial ideas for the book - the book's characters, themes, bits of storyline - using a spider diagram. My youngest daughter's book was the inspiration for the book and so the theme of fairytales runs throughout and a pink book of fairytales is important to the plot.
 
While I was putting my initial ideas down on paper, I heard about Take Off Your Pants by author Libbie Hawker, which helps you to outline your books. I ordered a copy and it really helped me to fine tune the ideas in my head and develop them further into a basic plot. I used this to help write a synopsis, which I sent off to my editor. She loved the concept so, using Take Off Your Pants, I expanded on my notes to create an outline, broken down into chapters and individual scenes.
 
 
So now I'm ready to go! Although I have a full-on outline, there is still so much to discover and during the first draft I'll really get to know my characters, so I'm excited about getting stuck in!
 
 
Things I Have Learned This Week
How to structure a novel for better pacing
 
Other Things I Have Learned This Week
Britain can be warm. We've had some gorgeous weather over the past few days, so I've been sitting in the garden for the non-laptop-requiring parts of plotting and outlining.
 
Word Count
0 - soon to change!
 
 

Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?


 

The Wedding That Changed Everything is available to pre-order now:

Amazon UK | Amazon US