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By Yvonne Green, Jun 17 2018 07:24PM

Well, the editing on my novel goes on apace here. I'm onto another round that sees me re-reading Runestone through on the screen and then making changes as I go along. Then it'll be another print out and read-through. The map (see below) is now at the front of the book and doesn't look so bad after all. As I thought, it's thrown up some interesting plot holes so it's great to have it to refer to as I go along.


One real treat for me this week has been to see my work on my Kindle for the first time. I've found a Kindle programme which will send my compiled book from the file straight to the Kindle. I got very excited, seeing it on my Kindle as you can imagine. There's a table of contents (automatically generated,) a front cover (albeit a temporary one) and of course, the map. I'm currently reading it through on Kindle to check for any spelling or grammar mistakes and it's surprising how many I'm finding! Just goes to show, you have to read things on many different platforms to check. Sometimes just the computer screen isn't enough.


In other writing news, I've also started work on the 'Rainbows guides to' series of books again. I'm doing new covers for them and adding bits here and there. I think if you've already got them on your Kindle, you receive the updated version for free, but I'll let you know when I find out for sure.


Work-wise, it's been picking up well the last few weeks. I've had the pleasure of doing Reiki treatments and attunements as well as a Reiki catch-up session and coaching sessions. The Don't Panic! Mindfulness group and the Meditation Magic group are both finished now and I'm planning the next sets for July. It looks like the 'Don't Panic!' group will be full already, so I'm busy printing hand-outs etc. so that I can be prepared.


I treated myself to an afternoon off today and took myself out to the pictures to see Grease which was showing at the local cinema. It was a brilliant afternoon. I've never seen it on the big screen before so that was a first for me, and I'd forgotten how great the music is too.


Now it's time for dinner, then the handsome Poldark to finish off my day. Think I'll be having sweet dreams tonight! Tomorrow, it's back to coffee dating in the morning and then back to the office to deal with emails, updating the web site etc. Then at tea time I'll be heading out to eat at the newly-refurbished Altisidora before meeting up with the lovely ladies of the Sparkling Business Club for a little networking.


See you soon...



By Yvonne Green, May 14 2018 06:48PM

Well, at last I'm back to the blogging. Runestone the Wizard has gone through a long series of Pro-Writing Aid checks and edits and I've made all the relevant corrections. To my surprise, there weren't that many of those. Little green ticks everywhere so thank goodness for that!


Now I'm reading back through the printed version so that I can find any obvious plot holes. I would also like to add a little more detail in places but we're getting there I think.


The main problem I've been having is the map. I decided (in my wisdom) that a map would be a good addition to give readers more of a sense of what's happening in the story. It will also help me to figure out how the characters got to where they were going, if you see what I mean. Time to 'fess up. It's taken at least two months to create what is, after all, a very simple map. The amount of Youtube videos I've watched on how to draw a mountain range and map out wastelands is incredible. However, I think I've finally got it as good as it will get now thankfully. It is supposed to be hand-drawn and fairly rustic anyhow. ;)


Scrivener is still proving awkward when it comes to compiling but I'll master it eventually I'm sure. I do have an Udemy course for learning how to use it, but what with the map frustrations, I haven't been able to get into it properly. Once I've finished the re-reading, I'll get back to it and see how we get on.


Meanwhile, here's the map so far. Don't laugh! I'm a writer, not an artist...


Now to enjoy a nice spot of dinner and then start reading again. Sounds like a normal evening around here, lol!




By Yvonne Green, Dec 11 2017 06:08PM

Things have finally settled down here after my mad writing month of November. The idea was that I would put everything on the back burner during December to concentrate on more pressing issues (like Christmas!) and begin the editing process in January. This I intend to do, but thought it might be good to reflect on what I did get done during November, and what I would do differently in 2018. It will be a reminder for me, and if you're thinking of diving in anytime, it might give you some help and advice too.


1. The most important thing I would not do, is to trial a new piece of software for writing the week before NaNo started. Especially since every review I had read, indicated that it was a 'steep learning curve'! And, my goodness, it was. I did manage to fumble my way through it and found ways to make it do what I wanted to do, but every book will get easier to do from now on. And of course, I did get to my 50,000 word target which was the main aim. This has allowed me to buy a lifetime subscription to it at a lovely 50% discount.


Scrivener is a fantastic tool if, like me, you write (or plan to write) books or courses with lots of information or research, or chapters, or characters etc. in. It enables you to have all that information and more in a 'binder' which shows down the side of your screen so that you can access it easily, move it around and much more. And you can compile your finished book in many different formats depending on which market you're aiming for. And there's so much more to it that I haven't even discovered yet, but I will, I'm sure.


2. I've also found some free (and some paid, but very low-cost) courses which I've downloaded to take as soon as the madness of the season has passed. Check out Udemy.com for courses in all sorts of subjects. I've signed up to a Scrivener one, which I'll take properly in January and then, when I come to edit and proof-read, I'll have much more idea of what I'm doing.


3. One thing I'll definitely be keeping up with, is my writing journal. It's there that I was able to log all the words done in a day, total word count and hours spent. A valuable reference for next time and great for motivation and seeing how far you've got. I also added things for writers to know, such as how many words for the average adult fiction novel, teen novel and more, as well as ideas for other books I plan to write. A definite must-have for me, as my everyday journal is full of things for home and work. Much better to have a separate one for the writing.


4. I didn't do as much 'NaNo' socialising as I could have because I was busy writing and running a business too, but I did manage to catch up with some local people who were also doing NaNo. This was a good thing which I will definitely do again. It's good to share experiences and ask questions. And talking about your novel helps you to focus on it more I think, and reminds you that you actually are a writer. This is something I'll get into earlier next year. I'm also looking at getting a new laptop so that I can take my work with me to the 'write-ins'.


5. I think I'll schedule just an hour a day for writing, instead of doing more hours on most days and then missing a couple of days. I found it quite tiring on the days when there was a lot to get through and setting aside some time just to write each day was one of my goals anyhow, so I'll organise this soon.


6. Although I had the story planned out quite well (it was started 30 years ago now!), I didn't count for what the characters would do, and found that their back-story was integral to the way the plot went. Next year, I'll take more care to cultivate my characters beforehand, so that I'm not having to stop and think 'what would he/she do now?'


I'll definitely have a plot, characters and locations mapped out before I start writing. Then all I have to do is write. I'm not a 'pantser' (flying by the seat of my pants). 'Pantsing' may be something for me to try sometime, but definitely not during NaNo!


7. I'll aso create a map for the territory. This avoids any obvious holes in the plot and I found that the place names kept changing as I went along, and thought of better ones, and it took me time to sort all that out which takes time away from the actual writing.


8. There was a 'dip' in the middle of the process when I thought that the whole thing was rubbish, and being able to go away from it for a while helped. I'm now using Dropbox as my backup drive which means I can access the files from anywhere and just sit and read through in quiet moments, which then helps me get back on track.


So have I enjoyed the experience? Yes. Tremendously. It's great being a part of something that millions are doing worldwide, and it's definitely achieved my aim of bringing me back to novel writing and given me some great ideas for other 'Rainbows Guides to' as well.


And of course the new software and writing experiences I've had will come in very useful for those books, and also for any new courses I may write. I even found some new programmes for creating online courses. That's something for me to look at. I have learned so much doing NaNo, and it's been well worth it, I think.


Will I do it again this year? Well, there's this little cozy mystery novel fermenting in my brain which may just be the thing. Or not - we'll see...


By Yvonne Green, Nov 28 2017 12:47PM

27/28 November. Well, I finally finished!


Yesterday I added a few more words to the manuscript and then decided that enough was enough. So in the afternoon, I went on to the NaNo site and officially verified my word count. (You have to copy and paste your novel in and they turn it into gobbledygook and count the number of words apparently.)


Although their word count was slightly lower than the one that Scrivener gave me, it still came out at an impressive 51,356 words. I wasn't even sure if I could do this, but I'm very glad I did as it's now got Runestone and friends to a stage where I can begin re-drafting and editing, and there is a very good chance that you will be able to see (and buy if you wish) the finished product sometime next Spring.


I'll be writing a 'reflection' on the process next week when my head has cleared somewhat, and I've caught up with all the Rainbows things I have to do. Meanwhile, just so you can see for yourself...





By Yvonne Green, Nov 26 2017 07:40PM

26 November. So here we are again then. To say I'm tired would be a bit of an understatement right now! I did manage to knock out another thousand and a half words yesterday, but in the end, decided against doing the blog as I was ready for a good sit down. Somewhere other than at a computer, and where I could enjoy a cheeky little B & C and a nice dinner.


This I did, and got back to it today. In between lunch, phone calls from family and friends and more than a few cups of tea, I think I've now cracked it. I was hoping to have it finished by Monday so that I could verify my word count then. I don't want to leave it until Thursday, which is the cutoff date, as I know that many thousands of others will be trying to verify their word counts that day, and I don't fancy getting all this way, just to have their system crash on me due to overload!


There are more words to add of course, and I may be tempted to try and get some more done tomorrow before I finally give in and finish, but I actually passed the 50,000 words set by NaNo, sometime this afternoon (I was too busy writing to notice exactly when)!


The totals now stand as follows:


Today's Word Count: 2,123


Today's Time Spent: 4 hours


Total Word Count: 50,818!


So there we go. Hopefully, there'll be time tomorrow evening to let you all know what happened and if I got verified okay. Meanwhile, here's a (maybe last) little snippet for you to read.


Tamsin was struggling too. It was still difficult for him to think of himself other than as a coward. He didn’t feel worthy to be in such a great battle. But he must prove himself, ‘Or die in the attempt,’ he thought ruefully. Everywhere he looked fallen Dwarves, Goblins and dogs lay. All thoughts of bravery gone, now making their last journey home.


Vowing to himself that this would not be his fate, he jumped in, feeling fiercer than he had ever felt. Although, he decided, he wouldn’t like to be doing this for the rest of his life, he could feel the blood and excitement coursing through his veins and it filled him with fire and heat, and a desire for vengeance and justice. Perhaps he was not such a coward after all, he thought, bringing his bow down and aiming another shot. It landed perfectly and he felt the great satisfaction that he was at last doing something worth remembering, if not in song, then at least in his mind.


So it's goodnight from me and Tamsin for now. Hopefully, I'll see you all back here tomorrow with good news and a little happy dance...

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