Summer Issue Of Zest For Life – OUT NOW!!!

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Thank you for following my blog Another Beautiful Rhyme! If you have been reading my posts, you will know that I have my own positive lifestyle magazine called Zest For Life. I’m incredibly proud to announce that the third issue of Zest For Life is now online and free to digitally download.

The summer issue is packed with lots of great articles! Topics such as mental health, music festivals, summer dates and great books to read. There are also some delicious summer smoothie suggestions and horoscope readings for the months of August and September. A lot of hard work, imagination and planning goes into making this magazines. I would love it if you could all head over to the Zest For Life site and read it! Click on the magazine cover above to be directed to the third issue đŸ™‚

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

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So, I have decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo. After the success of winning NaNoWriMo in November last year, completing 50,000 words in thirty days for my first full length novel 1:58, I decided that it was time to do it again. Camp NaNoWriMo is the same as NaNoWriMo but there is more freedom, I can choose my own word count goal. However, I’m still sticking to 50,000 words. I can do it. I know I can.

I feel like I have lost a lot of motivation in the writing side of my life and the less I write, the more confidence I lose and I knew that it was time to transfer the novel that I have been planning for months in my head, down on paper. I have started to outline and plan a novel called The Last Letter. I have it planned up to chapter twelve and I am going to spend the last few days of June planning the rest to start the Camp NaNoWriMo on July the 1st.

I have planned many novels and many of them have never been written but this one, it just feels different. I can’t really explain why but this is the story that I really want to tell. Completing the challenge last year boosted my confidence enormously because I had never completed a longer piece of writing from start to finish. I had written poetry and short stories but never succeeded in writing an entire novel. Now I can say I have. And I am going to do it again.

I have so much time on my hands right now and I feel like I am wasting it. Day in and day out, I do nothing productive and it is only getting worse. I don’t want to be the writer that doesn’t write. I don’t want to be the woman who says she wants to be an author but never even tries to make the dream a reality. I want to write this novel.

The Last Letter is my chance to prove that I can write novels. It is easy for some writers to just write a 100,000 word novel from start to finish, start revising it, complete it and then send it to publishing houses. But what about the rest of us? The struggling writers that don’t always have the discipline to complete what we start? The writers that listen to the voice in their heads that says they are not good enough and believe it. The writers that know they can do it but have to convince themselves that they won’t fail.

I can manage 1,600 words a day. I have done it before. There are a few days in the month of July that I will be busy but I will have to work around my plans and make sure I get my daily word count. I know I can do this. I have done this before.

July has one extra day than November. I have thirty one days and 50,000 words to write and this time I am going to revise the novel and redraft it and get it ready to be published. No more messing around with ideas and wondering if I am good enough to be published. I need to start believing in myself. I can be an author, no, I will be an author and doing NaNoWriMo is just a stepping stone on my journey to achieving this dream.

Writing And Planning My Novel

I’ve had a few days off from the whole book process but it’s definitely time to start it up again. Most writers will say that free writing a first chapter is the way you should go about it. Well, I tried that. I’m more of a planner than a free thinker so I went back to my notes and decided to delve further into the actual plan before carrying on. I discovered that the reason behind my writers block is the fact that my plan wasn’t detailed enough.

I had profiles of my characters and I knew how the whole entire story should be plotted but I didn’t actually break down the chapters into events. I didn’t know what was happening in particular parts of the story, my first error. So, back to the drawing board I went through my notes. I had also made another minor mistake with the dates of the character’s actions and that had to be sorted out straight away. I now know that starting to write a book has a lot more planning involved that I ever thought. I’m going to spend time planning it to the extent I need too. I need to know my characters inside out and I need to know every action they make and everything they say in the chapters.

When I am happy with this I will carry on redrafting the first chapter. I’m new to this so I guess I will run into problems along the way. I was too eager to start the actual book, when I didn’t have a good plan as a foundation. Thought I would keep people updated with the challenge of writing my first book. I’m going to be making blogs often like this one. Sometimes it will be a random thought of the day, nothing to do with my book at all and sometimes I will go into much further detail with what is happening. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.

Writing A Novel

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Well I have officially started planning my novel, yeah ‘planning’, not really got pen to paper or words to a page just yet… I keep changing my mind on things about my story and the characters. I really want to start writing it but I know that there is something about my story that doesn’t quite click with me. I have the basic plot of my story and I know how the narration is going to be. I even have a title, whether that changes during the process I don’t know but I think it’s the perfect title at the moment.

I’m getting a little bit of writer’s block and being a Gemini I bounce from one project to another.. which is a problem when you need to commit to writing a novel! I know that when I have no distractions, no uni work and nothing else to take up my time I will sit down with my laptop and just start to write… probably complete nonsense at first!!

Redrafting and editing will take a very long time, I’m aware of that but I would like to have my first chapter at least a first draft before the end of April. If I set myself a goal I am more likely to strive to achieve it. In the meantime, I have lots of uni work to complete, books to read and other things to balance in my busy life at the moment.

I just hope that I actual start writing this novel, it’s something I want to do and it’s something I feel have to do! Writing a novel isn’t easy, I know this and I haven’t even got the first word written yet! Any advice on how to get started?