Tuesday 13 December 2022

My Writing Goals 2022 - How Did I Do?

 My Writing Goals 2022: Publish Book 13 | Take Part in Nano | Write Short Story #1 | Write Short Story #2 | Draft 2 of Book 15

At the beginning of the year, I posted my 5 writing goals for 2022 - so how did I get on?

In 2022, I wanted to:

Publish Book 13
Take part in Nanowrimo
Draft 2 of Book 15
Write short story #1
Write short story #2

Book 13 is now known as The Christmas Cupid, which was published in ebook and audio in October and as a paperback earlier this month, so I can tick that one off my list!

The Christmas Cupid | Jennifer Joyce | Pictured with Santa

Last month, I took part in Nanowrimo - and managed to reach the 50k goal!

You can see my updates about taking part here

Nanowrimo 2022 | Day 30 | 50,000 words

I wrote the first draft of Book 15 over the summer of 2021 and I'd put it aside, ready to dive back into in 2022. I worked on the second draft during the beginning of the year. I loved working on Tessa's story and I can't wait to share it with you!

Roll With It | Jennifer Joyce | Short Story

I wrote two short stories as planned this year: Roll With It and Groundhog Date, which I gave away in my newsletters.

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Groundhog Date | Jennifer Joyce | Short Story

So that's how I got on with my writing goals during 2022. Let's hope I get just as much done during 2023!

Thursday 8 December 2022

The Christmas Cupid Paperback Publication Day


The Christmas Cupid Paperback Publication Day

It's the paperback publication day for my latest book, The Christmas Cupid!

‘Laugh-out-loud funny… Everything you want in a Christmas book and more!’ Jaimie Admans

One Day in December meets Groundhog Day in this hilarious Christmas rom com!

Zoey Beake is having a bad December. She might be an elf in the local toy shop’s Christmas department, but it’s hard to stay festive when you’ve just been dumped, you’ve had an extremely unfortunate haircut, and your boss volunteers you to walk on stilts in the toy shop’s Christmas parade.

But then something incredible happens.

Zoey is sent back to the start of December, with the chance to live the whole month again. The catch? She has to match six true-love couples by Christmas Eve. Now it’s not just her own love life she needs to fix… Grab the mistletoe, the Christmas Cupid is ready to matchmake!

A funny and uplifting Christmas romantic comedy for fans of Holiday Romance, One Day in December and Santa, Please Bring Me a Boyfriend!


Giveaway: The Christmas Cupid plus hot chocolate sachets and Cadbury's Dairy Milk Little Robins

If you're a newsletter subscriber, check your inbox because there should be my latest email with a Paperback Publication Day giveaway of a signed copy of The Christmas Cupid plus some chocolatey goodies.

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As always, I've been posting Book Extras on the blog, including the book's playlist, fun facts and inspiration, which you can find here

If you read The Christmas Cupid, I'd love to hear what you thought and reviews - even if they're just a line or two - are so important so I'll send you good festive wishes if you pop a few words over on Amazon :)

Thursday 1 December 2022

Nanowrimo 2022 - How Did It Go?

 Nanowrimo 2022

It's the 1st December, which means Nanowrimo 2022 is over.
How did you get on?

Nanowrimo 2022

I have to admit, I wasn't sure I'd get anywhere near the 50,000 words mark during this year's Nano. I've 'won' Nano twice before (when I wrote huge chunks of The 12 Christmases of You & Me and The Christmas Cupid) but last year was pretty hectic and I only managed 20-25k. Nanowrimo2021 left me feeling frazzled and it really knocked my confidence as a writer as I struggled to juggle everything that was going on in my life.

But this year's Nano started really well and I was clocking up lots of words. Was it possible I could get down more words than last year?

Nanowrimo 2022

By the second week, I'd managed to write pretty much the same amount that I got down during 2021's Nanowrimo, and by Week 3, I was really starting to believe that I could hit the 50k target. I was juggling everything that I had the year before but I was managing to keep everything up in the air so much better.

By yesterday, the final day of Nano, I had just less than 1,000 words to make the 50,000 words target, which I managed to hit in the morning.

I was so pleased to reach the goal, and not because it meant I 'won' Nano. It has given me my confidence back. I've really loved writing this month and although I won't have as much time to dedicate to writing during December, I'm hoping to keep up some of the momentum and carry it on in the new year.

To celebrate getting our words down, my local writing group met up in the evening for a meal and a catch up and it was so lovely to relax with friends after such a hectic month. I had tapas plus a massive brownie sundae (it is nearly Christmas and I've just written 50,000 words in a month, so I deserved it).

How did you get on during this year's Nano?