July Update


Like the rest of 2016, July has passed by in the blink of an eye. Us Brits love to talk about the weather and this month was no exception as we experienced a mini heatwave with one of the hottest days on record. We moan when it rains but having to go to work, let alone try to sleep in heat like that with no air con, we just aren’t cut out for it! It’s cooled down to a nice warm-but-not-insane mid 20’s average now so we can all breathe again.

For me the highlight of July was the release of Scrivener on IOS. For all the writers out there who use Scrivener writing software – this is huge! It is a fantastic programme, with tonnes of great features, my personal favourite, the ability to list, name and easily reorder chapters which helps me a lot when figuring out my outlines. An IOS version has been on the cards for a while and now it is finally out, I couldn’t be happier.

For me, and I am sure this is the same for many other writers, I have my best ideas and figure out scenes at the weirdest times. Folding laundry, in the shower, the middle of the night and driving to work are all common times when inspiration will strike. I usually write notes on my Evernote app on my phone, then synch to my Mac and cut and paste into Scrivener. This has worked okay but can be a bit fiddly – Until now.

I still use Evernote for notes but having Scrivener on my phone means that I can work directly on my manuscript wherever I am – I found synching a bit tricky at first but have been using it for about a week and a half now and so I love it! So thank you Literature and Latte for making life easier.

The main benefit, I hope, is this will mean I work faster, which brings me onto my next subject, my August Word Count Challenge. My line edits for Contact are not going to be ready until the end of August so I have been trying to crack on with Book 2. I am passed the half way mark and I hate waiting too long for the next book in a series, so I thought I would try and get as much of it done as possible before Contact is released.

August Word Count Challenge
August Word Count Challenge

Sooo, feeling particularly motivated one day, I decided to set myself a target to have the first draft completed by the end of August. My initial word count target is 80,000 words and I have about 51,000 done so far so this means approximately 900 words a day. Doable? Yes. But I have the small issue of normal life to contend with which includes my day job, a three year old (and a husband) to keep occupied through the summer holidays as well as trying to keep on top of running the house. But I can sleep when I’m dead right? I’ll give it a good crack and see how it goes.

Finally, you may have noticed my website has had a bit of a revamp. Thank you to Deranged Doctor Design for the gorgeous headers and banners, I love them. They also designed the cover for Contact which I am planning to reveal late August/early September as soon as I have the blurb sorted out.

I suppose I better go and clean the house now so I can start thinking about my 900 words for tomorrow!