Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursdays With Helen: The last of Nanowrimo talk (for this year)

I promise this is the last post about Nanowrimo - until next year, anyway :)

I stopped updating my writing total half way through the month because I didn't keep very good track of what new work I was adding to my manuscript.  I can tell you that this second draft now stands at 31 817 words, but I can't claim that as my Nanowrimo total because a few thousand of those are scenes copied from my first draft.  I definitely wrote in excess of 20 000 new words though, and I'm pleased with that.

I'm right in the middle of the story, which is the hard part.  I'm taking some time out now to check my plot direction and do a bit of brainstorming.  It's getting there!

Tomorrow morning at 5am (my time!) I am attending a Writers Digest University webinar on Writing the Breakout Teen Novel.  I'm so excited that the modern age allows me to attend these things, despite being in a rural town on the other side of the world! I'm hoping to get some inspiration to kick me into gear again and get the last half of this book finished.  

I'm just praying that the kids stay sound asleep so I can attend it in peace :)

Have you attended any online courses or webinars that you've found particularly useful? I'd love to know.

Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your accomplishment, Helen! The middle of a novel is always hard to write. I heard this somewhere, I don't know where, and it's always stuck as some good advice: when your story starts to slow and stagnate, throw in a dead body. ;-)

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