Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hero & Heroine

I'd like to introduce you to my heroine and hero for the Nanowrimo.

First we have Josie Valentine (Cameron Diaz).

She's heard all the jokes regarding Valentine, but she doesn't believe in love. Her parents were not a good role model where relationships were concerned. And after a failed relationship when she was younger her negative opinion of love was reinforced.

A good match for her is the hero - No name yet (Eduardo Verastegui). For him it's lust at first sight, followed soon after by love. He has to now convince Josie that there were made to be together.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


23 Days and counting for the eagerly awaited Nanowrimo. This is kicking off in November. I say eagerly awaited and truefully it is, but……. I’m also starting to become slightly concerned. I’m not a planner, in life or writing. When writing I come up with a plot and then write a paragraph for each chapter. That’s pretty much the only planning I do. The rest comes any which way it can. Well, with 23 days I don’t have any idea what I’m going to write about. The ideas just ain’t coming.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


This has been the month for me to join Yahoo groups that are involved with romance writing.

1 Cata Network Writers This is a discussion loop for romance writers. Single titles, e-book, category romance writers, short stories, screenplay writers. I joined the Cata Network because they had a workshop on how to Analysis a Mills & Boon book. Since this is what I want to write – I though it would be a handy skill to develop.

2 Claytons Conference This is the group for those attending the RWA conference in Australia each year. I was particularly interested in the Short Story/Novella writing workshop by Shiloh Walker. I buy her stories from Ellora’s Cave.

3 Lucy Monroe Classes This group is for free online writing workshops presented by romance author, Lucy Monroe. This has really helped me work out what I want to do and come up with a plan.

4 Romance Australia This is a private on-line discussion group for current members of RWA I figure if I’m serious about writing I can’t go wrong with joing the RWA

5 Romantic at Heart This is a Critique Group. What better way to learn to write then to help others. I’ve never critiqued before so will be jumping in with both feet.

Even though I haven’t been with these groups long. Some for only a couple of days. I feel I’ve grown from doing the workshops and listening to what others have had to say. The only downside I can see is that I’ve not put the hours into my writing. As I’ve heard from others you need to write to be a writer.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

One year older

What a busy month.

I’ve been moved temporary at work to another department. Huge learning curve has been involved, have been exhausted at the end of the day. I think only another week or two before I return to normal duties.

The Clayton Conference was held over the 22 to 24 August. This was an online conference for anyone not able to attend the RWA Conference. We had workshops and competitions. I learnt a lot, I also learnt there is a lot still to learn. I enjoyed it immensely.

I won a Book Bag from Rosemarys Romance Books It was full of goodies. Bookmarks, badges, pens, mouse pad, plus heaps more. Love the books I can buy there, been buying books from Rosemary since she opened her shop.

I also had my birthday on the 30th. Another year older.

I checked my e-mails that morning and had another lovely surprise.

I’d won the contest on Annie West’s website.
Goodies include
- a SURPRISE (a recent romance by another popular Harlequin author), plus
- a few other little goodies.

It was a nice birthday present.

I went to the Australian Outback Spectacular for my birthday and spent the night at the Crowne Plaza – Surfers Paradise. Had breakfast Sunday morning in there revolving restaurant. Good scene for a story.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How do you approach your writing

I came across the below list from Annie West I found it motivating so needed to share.

After a long hard look at my approach to writing, I made some changes and they’ve worked for me.

Here are some of those questions, plus more that I know have made a difference to other writers. The trick is not to be defensive and find excuses for what you don’t do, but to consider realistically what you can change to help achieve your dreams:

  • Do you treat writing as your business? Do you take it as seriously as your day job?
  • Do you write regularly? Do you write only when you feel like it? Do you try to write even if you’re out of your routine? Hey, do you even have a routine?
  • Do you have a writing plan? What will you produce this year? How will that help you achieve your goal?
  • Are your goals achievable given the time you can put into them?
  • Do you meet to discuss your writing or instead, just talk about being a writer?
  • How much time do you spend surfing the net or on loops, talking about writing rather than writing?
  • What are your writing strengths and how are you capitalising on them?
  • Why are you targeting your book to that line/editor? Because you’ve heard they may be acquiring, or because your strengths and writing style mean that’s where your work best fits?
  • Why are you entering that competition? Is it easier than finishing the manuscript?
  • Have you reread the comments on your competition entry even though you didn’t agree with the judges? Did you find any commonality in the comments? Did you attempt to address the issues they raised?
  • When will you have researched enough? Can you start writing now, while you research?
  • Have you submitted a manuscript?
  • Did you leave it first for several months then go back to it with a fresh eye? Was it as tightly written as you could make it? Were you sure there were no rough edges or was it good enough that you hoped the editor would gloss over those bits that might need a little work?
  • Does the opening grab the reader by the throat and not let go? Really? If not, why send it off? (It’s awful to receive a rejection, to reread the partial and realise how much better you could have made it!)

Sunday, August 3, 2008


I can not believe how good this movie was. It's the best I've seen in a long time. Didn't disappoint. It's one I'll be buying as soon as it moves to DVD.

Friday, August 1, 2008

A New Month

Today is the start of a new month.

It’s been a month now, since the 50k in 30 days and I can no longer sit back and bask in the glory of it’s achievement. Especially having only written 4 pages in the whole month of July. We’ll forget about July shall we.

We’ll do much better this month.


I’m currently reading No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty. The ladies from 50ks in 30 days mentioned it. I can now see why. It’s an interesting read.


Wanted started a the cinemas on Thursday. I’m off tomorrow to Gold Class to watch it. I love Gold Class. The last two movies I saw “The Dark Knight’’ and “Hancock” . I have young teenagers behind us in both movies. They talked non stop and kicked the back of the seats. You don’t get that in gold class but you do get pampered and I absolutely love it. But, back to the movie, I’m hoping it will be as good as I’m expecting it to be. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I've signed up for NaNoWriMo in November. I enjoyed the 50ks in 30 days so much I want to do it all again.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Done and Dusted

Oh My God, I am done, finished, all over red rover. Drum roll please, with a grand total of 50,357 I'm done. I’m kind of surprised that I did finish, cause really I always had some doubt whether I could. I’m glad that I’ve proved to myself that it is possible.
I’m going to put my story away for the next month. I’ll reread it in August and see if any of it is any good. I think some bits are but I need some space from it so I don’t kid myself.
During July I’m going to spend the next two weeks catching up on everyone and everything I’ve been neglecting, this includes all those books that I’ve put to one side.
I’m also doing a correspondence course with Lifestyle Learning Direct on Romantic Fiction Writing. I’ll be able to finish my third assignment. I haven’t looked at this lately. So I’ll get back into it

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I've been away from the internet lately. I seem to get more done that way (go figure) I've been chugging away on my novel and it looks like I'll be finished on time, even early, knock on wood. I've learnt alot this month. I think the most important thing would have to be WORD SPRINTS. It's amazing just how many words you can write in 15 - 30 minutes. It also helps when you know other people are doing the same thing at the same time. I don't always join in on the posts, but they do keep me chugging away. Thanks ladies, wouldn't have gotten so far alone.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm on a roll

My novel has been following me to work each day, I find myself zoning out of the real world and into my own.
I'm happy, happy, happy. The last couple of nights I've been able to meet my word count in 1hr 30 mins. I feel so satisfied with my work to date. It looks like I'm going to be able to finish in June. Fingers crossed.
It's given me time to start reading the newest book I've bought. It's called Damien by Jacquelyn Frank. I first discovered her books when I was over in The Hawaiian Islands just before Christmas. I love her books.

Monday, June 9, 2008

End of Week One

Week one has come and gone. With a grand total of 13,500 words written the first week I had my ups and downs. Day one with 1,800 words written my feeling were on a high but they dropped down a bit on day two when the day didn’t go as planned. I was only able to key 654. The rest of the week was spent trying to catch up and Sunday I did.
What a feeling. I, yes, little old me, had keyed 13,500 words of my first novel. Some of the scenes I loved writing and the time passed quickly as my characters revealed themselves. But sometimes, the words were forced out of me and the time seemed to drag on and on.
The second week has started and I’ve written my word count for the day bringing the total up to 15,082. That’s 30% of the 50ks in 30 day challenge completed. Who through I had it in me.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The challenge has began

The challenge has began. I’ve keyed a total of 1800 words today and I’m feeling great. This is the largest amount of words I’ve keyed in one day for years. I haven’t written anything in at least 10 years, but I’m always dreaming and reading up on writing techniques. I finally decided to stop the dreaming and see if I’ve got it in me to write a novel. I’m trying for a sexy mills & boon. That was the idea when I first found out about 50ks in 30 days. But I no longer care if my book is crap as long as I finish and prove to myself it is possible. I’ve given myself permission to be as bad at the writing as I can get. (Hopefully not to bad). I figure I’ll have a closer look at the editing stage, once I have something to edit.

I tried writing a novel before, if memory serves I got to chapter two before I started editing. Didn’t write any more of the story, got to involved in the editing process and after a while loss interest in the story altogether.

I’ve worked up a plot and a brief sentence or two of what I expect to write in each chapter.

Here is a picture of my heroine (Melissa) and my hero (Justin). I think they make a sexy looking couple. Don't you?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

No words for me today

Where do I find the time. I haven't written anything today, the day left me behind and I'm still trying to catch up. Hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Tomorrow's a hole new day. I'm off now to fix dinner.

Thursday, May 22, 2008



I’m a person who is technically challenged, so please bear with me. I’m trying to be a writer, not my day job but I like to think that one day it will be. I’m about to start a writing challenge called 50k’s in 30 days. It’s where you write 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve never attempted anything like this before. It could be slightly overwhelming, nothing like jumping into the deep end when you can’t swim. Break out the floaties and the sunscreen, and watch out for sharks and jellyfish.