What does Stephen King, Lisa Hill, Julie Cohen and penguins all have in common? ME! (#romance #amwriting)

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My friend¬†Lisa Hill¬†(that¬†night be pushing it a little as I’ve only met her two or three times but without sounding like a psycho, I hope she becomes a friend as the advice she has given me this year, having been through the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writer’s Scheme has¬†been very welcome)¬†has completed the first draft of the sequel to her fabulous book ‘Heart in the Right Place’,¬† For anyone who did not see my guest blog post in August, read about it here.

Seeing Lisa’s recent social media and a photo of her laptop showing those magic words THE END, not only excited me as I can’t wait to meet up with her characters once her sequel is printed, it also inspired me to keep going with my own manuscript which now stands at ….¬†drum roll please¬†… 56,000 words (32,540 at the end of October, so bravo for #NaNoWriMo).

I want to reach 60,000 by the end of this week so that I have a barrow load of words to throw on the muck pile and start rifling through for treasure next week.   Next week .. when I shall be attending a writing conference.  YES! Ha!  Yours truly (*feel like a total fraud*) shall be sat amongst a group of five published authors and unpublished writers, listening to and absorbing every last morsel of advice from Julie Cohen in Devon.

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Having died and gone to heaven whilst reading Julie’s book¬†Together,¬†¬†then finding out she ran writing courses, I was as determined to attend one as that mummy penguin shuffling up the icy slope on David Attenborough’s heart-wrenching programme DYNASTIES. ¬†The penguin made it to the top, and saved her chick, and I secured the final place on Julie’s writing retreat, so miracles do happen (except my process was far less traumatic).

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I know how lucky I am, when so many will be thinking about the onset of Christmas, I shall be ignoring my every-day world, the day job, the family and being totally selfish and writing РStephen King would be so proud!.  His book ON WRITING talks a lot about making time for writing, if you want to do it seriously.  In fact, I feel like reading it again.

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Man of the Woods and the daughter shall be driving down on the Friday to join me in the wilds of Devon so we can spend a long weekend exploring, so no-one is missing out on the adventure. ¬†Son is out of the country (I’m not sure I mentioned that as I’ve been a little quiet around here lately due to NaNo) for five months. ¬†He is on the South Island of New Zealand working very long hours on a sheep farm. ¬†There are 40,000,000 sheep there and 6,000,000 people … plus him, thoroughly enjoying himself. ¬†(Bless, I knew all those pre-school hours – when big sister had started school – spent taking him to cafes and out and about on buses and then trains and planes over the years would help develop his sense of adventure and ability to travel. ¬†I’m proud of him, and so far haven’t missed him. Too much…..