Another step on the road to publication...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A new blog

I've started a new blog, Tannia Talks, to talk myself through to publishing success. I am keeping this one to report on challenges, beginning with the RWNZ BI50D challenge which I'm trying to get into now. I'm working on one of the part novels I found when taking stock of where I am. (See Tannia Talks). Next month, NaNoWriMo again.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Next step

So now I have a schedule in place for the next two months... baby steps. I'm going to work on a piece for the Cup of Comfort series. I think a change of genre, length and approach will freshen me up. Also working on a brand new website to launch me on the next stage. Watch this space.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Claytons Conference

Wow! What a great online event. Hats off the lovely table top dancers for organisation, input and energy. My time management mini workshop and editing thoughts were well received, so I was happy with that too.

Have been flat out with paid work this last week, but about to sit down and make some new writing plans/goals. My own time management was getting very slack so presenting the workshop motivated me too.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Steady progress

Things are improving a little. I'm making the commitment to myself and my writing to leave the chores/housework etc and write. I am not going to make one of my deadlines, but I'm not happy with that WIP anyway so not a tragedy if it is not submitted on time. However, the other ones, for contributions to the upcoming Claytons Conference for RWA are on track. About to set some new short term goals. I feel more positive now.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm trying...

Hmmm... motivation seems to have slipped a little. Or maybe it's just a lot of 'clutter' getting in the way. You know, life, work, family... LOL. I have dabbled on the odd evening, but not making much progress. Seem to be very tired a lot of the time. I think it's the mid-winter doldrums. Determined to kick myself out of it. I have deadlines, real and self imposed.

I will do better, I will do better....

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

And then it was July

So, it didn't go so well. It was like a whole bunch of 'life' was waiting in the wings for me to try and write. So, I didn't reach the 50k.

I was very disappointed, but delighted that I had written SOMETHING for the first time in months. Delighted too that not achieving my goal made me stop and think about my future as a writer.

I've been dabbling way too much for way too long. I have to take this seriously. I have to give it priority and so...

I have set myself a series of tasks, writing tasks. These have deadlines, and involve me writing for submission and to present to other people. I have a timetable and am working towards it. I have missed too many opportunities by not doing these things.

I've had a hectic time at work, and with family, and am very tired. But I'm battling on. I'm going to do it this time.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Week 1 - done and dusted

Well, there were good days and not so good days. Mainly, it was just good to be writing. Every time I try and convince myself it's all too hard and I should just give it up, I take on a challenge like this and come to life. The ideas flood into my brain at all times of the day and night. The characters come to life for me and go about their business whether I choose their actions or they do it themselves. It's the best feeling. So, I don't see me giving up this addiction any time soon.

My first week netted 4199 words. I would like to have written a good deal more, but this is new week and the potential is unlimited. Better get to it before I break into verse... LOL like that would ever happen.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


I sometimes seriously consider seeing a psychiatrist. I must need help - I've committed to another 50k in 30 days writing challenge.

I guess I have to prove to myself that NaNoWriMo success in 2008 was not a fluke. Don't honestly know how I will go. I am busier in 'real life' now than I was in November. Mind you, they do say, if you want something done, ask a busy person. I guess this time, I am the busy person.

I have only the germ of an idea for a new book. This will probably be a good thing, or not... It remains to be seen.

I'll pop in to report progress when I can between, day job, voluntary work, second job, various appointments and writing.

Here goes...

Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm excited

The book is going so well. I'm not as far into the edit/revisions as I would like BUT the past week in SA has produced temperatures over 40 degrees every day. This affects everyone's ability to sleep properly - even in air conditioning and it snowballs. I'm still making progress albeit slower than I would like.

That said, the story is taking new directions and new ideas are presenting themselves all the time. I'm excited about the prospects.

Back to it now.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Progress still good

So far so good. Almost through a first edit on the NaNoWriMo novel. I had anticipated having done by today, but family commitments got in the way a bit last week. However, I'm happy with progress, I can see the holes in the plot and areas that need work. Looking forward to the next stage.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just popping in briefly...

To say that the BI50D challenge is going well. I've gradually increased my editing word count target each week and, so far, have reached them. Almost through a first edit, then the rewriting, remoulding, filling out, removing begins. I'm excited - the book is really taking shape.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back again

Took a bit of a step back during December. I did continue to write most days - which pleased me. Even participated in a BIAW, achieving my goal for once.

Now in a BI50D (yes, book in 50 days) challenge with some NZ writer friends. This leads up to the RWNZ full manuscript contest. Not sure if I will enter yet. This will depend on the progress of the story I've chosen to work on - the draft from NaNoWriMo.

Set a goal of writing/editing 4000 words for Jan 1-4. Well, the DH was still off work. Need I say more? Have set myself 8000 for 5-11 Jan. Back soon.