Writer's Life

New Ideas & NANOWRIMO

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 I’ve decided that this year is the year that I will not only attempt but win NANOWRIMO. Now if you don’t know what NANOWRIMO stands for, I will tell you. It stands for –  National Novel Writing Month. That’s right, I’m going to attempt to write an entire novel…. in a month! That’s impossible, you’re probably thinking. It isn’t. Thousands of people do it and this year, I will be one of them. I have all of my character profiles done but I still need to write down plot points from the beginning to the end of my story, I still have time though. Once I’ve done that I will confidently be waiting for the 1st of November when I can get my first draft done in just 30 days.

This is the first year that I am seriously taking up the challenge, I have plenty of time on my hands. I have no job and nothing to tie me down, the only thing I lack is motivation. I’ve added some writing buddies on my NANOWRIMO page and if I get stuck I can talk to one of them or one of my other writing friends. I need to do this. I need to prove to myself that I can really do it. I know I can complete a novel from start to finish, I just need to believe in myself. Winning NANOWRIMO will help me with this self belief.

My new idea is my fourth attempt at a novel. I feel like I haven’t found the right story or the right genre yet. I’m sure I will find out during the NANOWRIMO process if this is the right fit for me. The story is women’s fiction, I would describe it as a chick lit with suspense. The story follows two woman who have an unlikely connection, the story will reveal a big secret and there will be plenty of shocks and surprises to keep the reader turning the page.

I’ve worked out that writing 2,000 words a day would get me to 62,000 words and I only need 50,000 to complete the NANOWRIMO challenge. I’m sure I can manage more then 1,500 words each day. There will be distractions, situations and obstacles but I am really excited about the challenge and I hope that my confidence stays high and I remain focused on the goal. I would love to post another blog at the end of November and tell you all that I did it. Wish me luck… I’m going to need it!

Book Reviews

‘The Naughty Girls Book Club’ By Sophie Hart Book Review

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I have never warmed to erotic fiction and I definitely didn’t join in with the fifty shades of grey phenomenon so when I heard that The Naughty Girls Book Club was put in that category, I almost didn’t read it. However, I gave it a chance and it’s proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, I wouldn’t call it an erotica novel at all. It’s a fun chick lit with a cheeky dialogue and sexy scenes, definitely my kind of book.

The story begins with Estelle, who decides to set up a book group in order to bring in more customers for her struggling business Cafe Crumb. As the first book club meeting ends with Estelle suggesting to the other members that they read an erotica novel, she soon realises that it is just what the members need to spice up their lives and her own. The sizzling choice of novels that follow inspire the group of shy suburban readers to shake off their inhibitions and discover a new side to themselves.

After a couple of chapters I was hooked on the story, the plot is fairly simple but the novel is character driven, which is why I could immerse myself in their world. The book was definitely not what I expected and although Sophie Hart was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, her novel has reached a pinnacle that E L James could never reach. The novel was well written for a start, it was entertaining, clever and had the right amount of heated moments scattered throughout, the story had a perfect balance of naughty and nice.

I loved that this book was about modern women who want to explore their female sexuality and the main reason why I couldn’t read Fifty Shades was because it was about a man objectifying a woman and I found it difficult to agree with the rest of the world when they called it ‘great literature.’ Sophie Hart’s novel on the other hand is evidence of a true talent to keep a reader turning the page.

I can’t wait for Sophie Hart’s new novel The Beginner’s Guide to the Birds and the Bees which is to be released in September, if it’s anything like The Naughty Girls Book Club, I’m sure I will love it!

Four Stars