It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – And Another Pocket Novel!

Rena George Pocket Novels, The People's Friend, Uncategorized, Word counts 6 Comments

       This is Bridlington from the clifftop on a sparkly, frosty Yorkshire morning.

I love Christmas, but it doesn’t half take its toll on the writing.

There are  puddings to make, shopping to be done, decorations to put up, pantomimes to attend, menus to plan, cupboards to tidy….you get my drift?

The upshot being that the writing schedule has taken a tumble. My current WIP – a pocket novel for The People’s Friend – is half written. The plan was to finish it before Christmas and email it to Tracey at the beginning of the new year, but that won’t be happening.

I do try to get at least some words down every day, even a few hundred is better than nothing, and it keeps the thread going.

Here’s one I did earlier. It hit the newsagents’ shelves this week!

If you’re reading this, Suzanne, I didn’t pinch your title, honestly. When your My Weekly pocket novel came out I did think of contacting Tracey at PF to point out the titles were the same, but then they always change them anyway…except that this time they didn’t. Sod’s Law, eh!

As I’ve already mentioned, I adore the Christmas celebrations. It’s a joy to us having all the family, and extended family, in the same room at the same time.  And being Scottish, our celebrations tend to continue right up to (and beyond) Hogmanay.

So although I’m missing the pleasure of settling down at my computer for a concentrated writing session, I know it will all be there waiting for me when I’m ready.

And just so I don’t flag, I’ve signed up for the lovely Sally Quilford’s ‘100,000 Words  in a Hundred Days’ challenge. here

It’s all very informal but great fun, and it really does get those words on the page.  In my case the 100K words equates to TWO Pocket Novels. If I can achieve that by next April then I’ll be well  pleased.

I took part in Sally’s challenge last year, so I know it can be done (and more if you’re really keen). Of course the words don’t have to be for novels, you could write short stories, poetry, prose, articles and magazine features. Check in with Sally, she’ll keep you right.

And just to make sure I stay on track I’ll also be taking a leaf out of  Maria’s book.  Here who inspires me with her weekly work logs.

Happy shopping everybody…

Rena xx


Comments 6

  1. Hi Rena – I’m busy, busy, busy with Christmas, too. And I’m not writing. But, yes, I am reading :0) And I know you didn’t pinch the title. Congratulations, I’m really looking forward to reading it.

    I’ve also signed up for Sally’s challenge – and also took part last year (though it did take me until day 248 to get to the 100k, but I’m determined to do better this year).


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      Hi Flowerpot, I thought I was all organised for Christmas but I’m still rushing around buying last minute presents and writing cards to people I forgot about, which is a shame because all the hype seems to overwhelm the true meaning of what this special celebration should be all about.
      Thanks for the kind words. Hope you enjoy Trust in Me. xx

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