romance, Romance writing, writing

NaNoWriMo ms done… now what?

My personal NaNoWriMo has come and gone. My manuscript is finished and with it I entered a contest in which I received SEVEN requests for either full ms, first three chapters or first 50 pages. I was floating on cloud 9 for quite a while – let me tell ya! Now, as I wait for a response from someone, my mind starts turning over ideas for another book. I could add more to my current one – more detail to scenes, more depth to emotions. Yes, I will definitely do that and then I will tackle a new ms.

I have some ideas of doing a second book using one of the secondary characters from my current ms. What will be her backstory? Who will be the man who turns her life upside down? What if? All these questions continue to make the rounds in my mind. Soon it will be time to get these thoughts down on paper.

I also have another complete ms – one I put aside to write my current one – and it could use some work. And why not? Get it ready to send out, but a part of me says, “this was your practice novel – keep it that for a while yet”.

So here I go again…There is NaNoWriMo in November but before that is So You Think You Can Write in September and a writers conference in October. Life never gets less busy….

Romance writing, writing

I made my word count!

April has come and gone and I am happy to say I reached my goal word count of 30,000. I still have a 20,000 word count to finish by the end of May for my grand total of 50,000.

I have to say it is a bit harder to keep the momentum going, but I am determined to get it done! Perhaps taking a week off wasn’t such a good idea….


April NaNoWriMo update

Well, I’m day 11 into my April NaNoWriMo and my total word count to date is:


I’m loving my new writing space. I find I can be very creative here and I enjoy it even better when the washer and dryer are running.

Finding the time has been hard, which I knew it would be, especially since I work full-time but I’ve managed to find 1-2 hours or more every day to work on scenes. I even took two days in which I completed a detailed plot sequence. I found this a great help as it showed me where I needed to take my characters next. True, it didn’t add to my word count, but it was a very important part of the process.

I will keep everyone up-to-date on my weekly word count.

If anyone else out there decided to take this April challenge, please let me know how you are doing. It’s also a good idea to be accountable – it keeps you motivated.

reading, romance, writing

So You Think You Can Write 2012 – Time to vote

Hello family and friends! Some of you may have already seen the link I added earlier today about the Harlequin Romance writers contest – So You Think You Can Write.
I have entered the pitch and first chapter of my romance novel “A Bid For Love”. The public gets to vote who goes to the next stage… and voting starts TODAY! So from now to Oct 11 please google so you think you can write; enter my name in the search tab under the All drop down and please vote for my story. You get to vote once PER day! So please for the next 10 days head on over to the site and vote each and every day.
The final prize is to have the winner’s manuscript published by Harlequin – a long time dream of mine. 🙂
Thank you so much everyone. Take care and happy reading!


So You Think You Can Write 2012

So You Think You Can Write 2012 has been an amazing experience! The week long online conference was wonderful and full of information from Harlequin editors and authors – who best to find out what it’s really like be be a romance writer? 

Sunday, September 23 at 11:59 pm GMT is the deadline to send in your pitch and chapter one targeting one of the many Harlequin lines. Public voting starts October 2nd, 2012. There are many wonderful works to be read so please head over to and vote for your favourite story. The winner gets their manuscript published by Harlequin! Woohoo! So exciting. 

I am submitting my story tonight. It’s called A Bid For Love. Give it a read and I hope you enjoy it! 

And don’t forget to vote, vote, vote! One vote per day for your favourite story.

Good luck to all participating.