- I finally picked up a pen and wrote something, instead of just thinking about it.
- I wrote about 15,000 words of A Fish's Tale.
- The Trelawney Funerals came back to haunt me. No idea how much I wrote there, it was all in pen, in a notebook I had to wrestle back off the bubba who was enjoying scribbling all over every page.
- I resurrected the ole blog.
- I read: The Children's Book by AS Byatt, Saturday by Ian McEwan, The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly, Mortlock by Jon Mayhew, On Love by Alain de Botton, Superior Saturday by Garth Nix, The Bandini Quartet by John Fante, A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbry, Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton, One Day by David Nicholls, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and The Other Hand by Chris Cleave. There may have been some others, and on the whole I've read really good books this year. As I was writing the list I kept thinking: Oh great read. Oh yeah, I really enjoyed that. Oh, brilliant that. The last few were the duds unfortunately.
- I signed up to do NaNoWriMo in October.
- I spent October planning A Twist in the Tail down to the nth degree (or so I thought).
- In November I wrote like a demon.
- I organised four write-ins and met some chatty writers!
- I was introduced to the program Scrivener. Although it is bugging like crazy at the mo, in its current Beta 4 version, it's still brilliant.
- I wrote 50,000 words and became a NaNo winner.
- Incidentally that was also the first draft of A Twist in the Tail.
- The revision is now at just over 5,000 words. I wrote four new chapters for the revision and cut three and a half of them!
- I got back into the critique group.
- I have a name written in a notebook. She sounds like a pretty amazing character, but she's real and I'm not sure what I want to do with her, because I've never done faction before, nor do I know whether I want to do faction.
- I started scribbling down yet another first chapter for the Sands of Time. There are ideas kicking around there, but this will definitely be a 2011 project.
- When I first sat in front of my computer in the summer, terrified at the thought of writing again, I couldn't do it. I could not frame a single good sentence. Not one word came. So I started to write a dancy/play/Japanese type thing. This thing has filled my head for years and years. This music is kind of like my muse, so I will leave you with a little bit of it.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Writing on Wednesday: A round of applause
As this is the last post of 2010 I thought I would reflect on what I have achieved this year.