Right – Mslexia Novel competition

21 Aug

It’s been a while, but time to start blogging again. I know I said that in May, but the kids have hardly been at school since then and its hard to find writing time let alone time to blog.

I had decided to set myself a zero word target for the school holidays but actually managed to scribble quite a lot, albeit all longhand and scenes randomly scattered through the book, so I’m now trying to place them and figure out how much I’ve changed the story in the interim.

Since I managed to surpass my zero target by a long way I’ve now set myself the more daunting task of getting my book ready for the Mslexia Novel Competition www.mslexia.co.uk which closes in 6 weeks time. I’ve still got loads of work to do but I do need to get some momentum going and these seems like a reasonable thing to aim for. I definitely want to look at submitting to agents by the end of the year, so even if I do submit to Mslexia I should be much further forward .

When I began writing the novel – All the Places I’ve Ever Been, the enormity of it scared me witless. Now 68,000 words later I know I’ll get it finished, but I still have to worry about the quality, now I’ve got the width. Onwards and upwards, its nice coming to the computer when I’ve still got about 25 handwritten A4 pages to work on.

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