Book Number Two Is Brewing

easyAlthough selling my published book is my top priority, I would also like to start writing a novel this year. As I said in my post about new years resolutions I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. If the manuscript flows and I blink one day and have 70,000 words of pure gold then I’ll be a very happy bunny, but if more realistically I start writing and realise how bloody hard it is to write a novel, and that it will literally take me years to maybe achieve, then that is also fine. However long it takes I’m really excited at the prospect of it all. 

My idea is essentially to take bite sized morsels of my life experiences and turn them into a fiction-type book. Have a look at this recent post for an idea of my background. Whereas I imagine most folk would need to embellish their own stories to make the book gritty and engaging for the reader, I might have to play some of mine down in case my in-laws read it! I’ve written out a list of things I consider to be pivotal moments, and have over fifty. If I can write between one and two thousand words for each of these snippets, I think that would make a decent book. Piecing it all together will be a challenge, but you should know by now how fond I am of those πŸ˜‰  

I’ve also decided not going to include too much detail about my childhood, because in all honesty I don’t want people knocking on my door claiming that I’m making money off them. I’ll leave that up to your imagination to work out for yourselves, but hopefully you know what I mean.    

I’m really looking forward to getting going, and have written a few bits and pieces already. The best thing about writing it this way, is that it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the time to write these little chapters. We’ll soon see won’t we!  

This week I’m lucky enough to be featured on two other fab blogs. Check out Potty Mouthed Mummy’s Newbie Class and my guest post about my writing journey over at Mummy To Boyz



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  1. mummytries says:

    But you did write a whole novel in November! Hope you’re ok lovely? xx

  2. Same here. Except the exercise. Xx

  3. mummytries says:

    Nope! Not a sausage πŸ™ Did do some exercise yesterday though xx

  4. Go, write. I hope you’ve been writing since you wrote this blog post. x

  5. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Morgan, I certainly need the luck xx

  6. mummytries says:

    Thanks Carol, I’m certainly enjoying the flashes of inspiration when they come, but if I’m honest I’ve not written a single word for this project in over a week! Hopefully I’ll get some time to write soon…

  7. mummytries says:

    Oh wow hon that’s impressive! Do you think you’ll ever finish any of them? I signed up to Camp Nano last summer but failed miserably because I couldn’t dedicate enough time to the cause. Anything can happen between now and November though, so who knows!! Thanks for the luck xx

  8. Exciting times! Yes writing a novel is hard but if you’re dedicated to getting it finished, no matter how long it takes, then you’ll do it. Good luck hun. xx

  9. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much for the tip Denise, I’ll definitely check those books out!

  10. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely encouraging words Dana! You’re so right, and my husband said the same to me the other day. Why stick to my story so rigidly when I can create something better? Thanks for the luck, I’m certainly going to need it!

  11. How exciting! You’re on a roll lady, keep going!! I’ve started three fiction projects, all as part of NaNoWriMo – one I completed but did nothing with, one got swallowed up by my last laptop when it died and one sort of fizzled out because I just didn’t have the time to devote to it. But I KNOW that you’ll get there because, well, we know you like a challenge right? πŸ˜‰ The very best of luck honey x #allaboutyou

  12. Congrats! Writing a novel is a big endeavor, as I know since I am toiling/trudging through, but I hear some go faster than others, and it sounds like you have some fantastic germs of ideas all ready to go.

    As far as using real life stories as inspiration for fiction, I do that too, and I think it happens even more than some writers might admit πŸ™‚ For me, it enables me freedom to tell some truths that may be literal, and others than may not be, and there is no shouting about how I “got it wrong.” In fiction, it’s your version, and yours alone.

    Good luck and I am eager to hear how it goes!

  13. mummytries says:

    I’ll certainly need to do my research on what I can and can’t do…it’s a minefield! First though I need to actually write the thing xx

  14. mummytries says:

    With great didficulty at the moment my lovely! My best inspiration usually comes in the wee hours, so i’m hoping the kids are sleeping better by the time Spring rolls around so i can use the time wisely xx

  15. You’re on a role Renee! Sounds like a great idea and one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy fulfilling, particularly with the pressure off! Thanks for linking up to #WonderfulWorldofWriting πŸ™‚

  16. mummytries says:

    Writing is my therapy too, don’t know what I’d have done without it these past few years xx

  17. mummytries says:

    Bite sized chunks are the only way I get anything done lovely, definitely works for me. On saying that, I’ve not written a single thing for the book this week…

  18. mummytries says:

    I downloaded a free trial of Scrivener ages ago after reading one of your posts but have never used it. I’ll have to properly have a play around with it asap!

    Real life is often stranger than fiction lovely. The old phrase ‘you can’t make it up’ applies to a lot of my life xxx

  19. Hi Renee.

    Go for it and good luck! Just one piece of advice – read a few books before you start, such as the “Write Great Fiction” series – the Plot and Character books are especially helpful. You don’t have to have loads of technical knowledge about how a book works, but it saves you loads and loads of time and frustration if you have some idea of the conventions that books follow, which we might not even notice when we read a novel. The main thing that it saved me (although I did still experience a lot of it) was the frustration of knowing the effect I wanted to have, and not being able to convey it – either getting stuck or reading back over it and thinking that it seems flat compared with what you had wanted it to be.

  20. Welcome to the fictional side! Expect weirdness.
    Great project. I find novels take a much shorter amount of time than non-fiction (my non-fiction project didn’t get off the ground.).
    Using other people in fiction can be dangerous, as if they recognise themselves they can sue for libel (slander? one is verbal, the other written). It’s a fine line; you can’t help but have your storylines influenced by your surroundings and the people within those surroundings.
    Anyway, good luck with it all, we’ll be here with pom-poms at the ready again xx

  21. Exciting! I would love to write a novel one day, though in all honesty I don’t know where to start, and I don’t know how you find the time lovely! Hopefully I will get there one day πŸ™‚ xx

  22. I’ve found writing a fictional account of stuff I have experienced has been incredibly therapeutic but also much more enjoyable than I thought it would. I’ve got 4000 words of a novel, based on my own experiences, and which I’m incredibly pleased with. Go for it, and I totally understand your reluctance to keep it ‘real’. Look forward to reading and I think it will fit quite naturally into your current book too xx

  23. So exciting! It sounds like you’re approaching it the right way, and I can’t wait to hear how it’s all going, and to read the book (whenever that may be?!). I think breaking any task into manageable chunks is the way to go, even if I’m not very good at doing it myself… Tend to throw myself in and then get overwhelmed!

  24. I think this sounds like a brilliant challenge. And from my experience breaking things down into bite sized chunks really is the way to go… I’d recommend taking a look at Scrivener for the actual writing if you haven’t already. It’s interesting what you say about toning down some of your life experiences to make them novel-worthy. I’ve actually found that to be quite important too! There were a couple of key life events that influenced the novel I’m editing at the moment, and one scene in particular that was lifted almost exactly from me experience – and that was the scene of course that people said was a bit too far-fetched to be believable. Truth really is stranger than fiction πŸ™‚ xx

  25. mummytries says:

    Haha, not sure about that Mel! You’ve read my posts about my defiant child and sleep deprived nights haven’t you? πŸ˜‰

  26. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Nikki!

  27. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much my darling xx

  28. mummytries says:

    I’m hoping so Emily! I’m very excited about it all anyway, which is nice xx

  29. mummytries says:

    Ahhh thanks lovely lady, I’ll be banging your door down for support when my resolves starts fading I’m sure xxx

  30. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much lovely, hope I don’t disappoint! NaNoWrMo sounds fab, but I’m not great with pressure due to time constraints. I’ll get there xxx

  31. How fabulous! I’m sure – no matter how long it takes – it will brilliant. Best of luck with it! x #allaboutyou

    P.S I know in November many people try to write a novel in 30 days! You might want to check the project out and get some ideas x

  32. Exciting! When I read your book I did think aspects that you mentioned could make for a gripping novel. Since you’ve had such an ‘interesting’ (for want of a better word) history it’s a great idea to put it to use in this way. Glad you’ve caught the creative writing bug! Looking forward to reading and finding out more! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting xxx

  33. It’s great you have the ideas and motivation to get started – that’s half the battle! Good luck with getting started, I’m looking forward to reading it x

  34. Yay, sounds like the perfect next step, can’t wait to read xx #allaboutyou

  35. Sounds like a great challenge and a fun one too. Looking forward to hearing all about it as you go along.

  36. That’s an exciting new venture! Your plan sounds perfect: fab idea to go for small chunks of the book at a time, with a rough outline of what each chapter will cover. You almost make it sound easy! Well done you for your stamina!

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