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Friday, 19 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Seven

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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This week hasn't been quite as productive as I'd hoped, with a weekly word count of 5,319. It's only half of my word count goal for the week, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it too much. I'm still 5,000-and-odd words closer to finishing the first draft, so I'm happy with that and it could be far worse.

 
I do need to pull my socks up over the next couple of weeks though, as we're going away for a little holiday soon, which means no writing time as I want to completely relax with my family and have some fun. Once we get back, there will only be just over a week before the kids are back in school, and a week and a half after that will be the deadline for this book and I need to have another read-through-and-tinker before it gets sent off to my editor.
 
 
Week of the Summer Hols
Two
 
The Weather This Week Has Been Mainly:
Rainy (so much for summer!!!)
 
Word Count
57,590
 
 
 
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
 


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Six

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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Somehow, the first week of the school summer holidays has whizzed past. I knew squeezing writing time in wouldn't be easy, but I've also been hit with The Slump.

The Slump always happens to me at some point during the first draft. It's usually around 20-30,000 words, but has occurred as soon as 10,000 words, so I'm lucky to get this far before it hit me! When I'm in The Slump, getting the words out is tough. I know what needs to happen (I even have each scene planned out this time round) but transferring that onto the screen seems impossible, no matter how long I sit at my desk. And when time is limited due to school holidays, it seems the book is never going to get written.


I didn't even recognise it as The Slump to begin with. I thought I was still caught up in Paperback Excitement, but then it hit me. Of course! The Slump! In a way, I felt better about the lack of productivity. There was a reason for it. It has a label (even if I gave it that label myself). It has happened with every book I've written - and I somehow pushed past it.

Pushing past The Slump isn't easy, but it has to be done. I decided that, instead of wasting time at my desk (and I really don't have time to waste over the next few weeks) I would limit myself to 15 minutes each time.

Yep, 15 measly minutes. It doesn't sound a lot, does it? And that's the point. If I'm going to sit miserably at my desk, 15 minutes doesn't seem so daunting. After 15 minutes, I can get up and do something else. Something non-writerly. Something that doesn't involve The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything]. The pressure was off.

So, I set myself a 15 minute timer and off I went. And do you know what? I wrote during all of those 15 minutes. I didn't have time to faff about on Twitter or Facebook or check that the paperback option was still on The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea's Amazon page (yep, I do this. I don't think I'll believe it's true until I hold a copy in my hands). I didn't have time to look things up on Google. I had fifteen minutes.

During the first 15 minute burst, I wrote 394 words. Not a lot, right? But add on five more 15 minute bursts over the course of the afternoon and guess what? I wrote a total of 2,241 words. Result!

I've kept up these 15 minute bursts throughout the week and although I haven't always managed to write 2,000+ words, I did accumulate 11,271 words for the week, which is above my 10,000 words/week target. I'm still 8,000 words below my target for Week 6, but I'm getting there!


Week of the Summer Hols
One
 
Books I'm Reading This Week
 
Word Count
52,271
 
 
 
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, 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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWAVcxjH_4M/?taken-by=writer_jenn

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