Work has been super busy this last few weeks, and I have done a lot of writing. Copywriting that is – things have been a whole lot quieter on the fiction writing front.

I have, however, been reading a lot. Since my last post I’ve read:

Under the Paw by Tom Cox (of @MYSADCAT fame): if you love cats, you’ll adore this book.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: all I’m going to say about this book (apart from saying that it is brilliant) is that one of the characters reminds me of Moriarty.


The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín: is a tiny book, but I love the way it’s written. I imagine that it’s not for everyone, it didn’t sound like my kind of book but I couldn’t stop reading it.


I’ve not decided if I’ll take part in NaNoWriMo this year. At one point I definitely was, then I decided that I wouldn’t – I’m too busy, I’m too tired etc.

Yet, I find myself doing things to prepare for November…

As the printer spat out page after page of book two, I read a passage or two and started to feel passionate about the story all over again. A fully formed to-do list popped into my mind:

  1. Read through book two.
  2. Gather notes I’ve made for book three.
  3. Create background notes/world building on any new people/locations.
  4. Start plotting (insert evil cackle here).
  5. Write a scene list and transfer to scene cards.

I think I work better when I’m busy, otherwise I get bored. Rewriting is hard work and needs doing. But, planning and writing a new story allows you to be creative. It’s the time when you can make as many mistakes as you like (mistakes that your future self, the one lumbered with the task of rewriting, will curse you for making).

So…I just might be doing NaNoWriMo after all…