YAY!! Fantastic News…

I am so excited to announce that I have signed with literary agent, the amazing Pamela Harty from The Knight Agency, one of the top romance agents and agencies in the US! It was such an exciting process to get an agent and it completely felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride at times. In the end I had 4 agents that offered to represent me (feeling so blessed, and will do a post on exactly what I did to be fortunate to get in such a position at a later stage).

But just wanted to share the good news with you all… Oh and I may have some more good news very shortly too, so stay tuned!!

Some exciting news developing…

Hi All,

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted but I’ve been hard at work with submitting The Devil Duke and finishing up the first draft of The Bachelor Bounty. I’ll post a longer article about exactly what I’ve been up to, but I did want to whisper that there have been some exciting developments in the pipeline, so stay tuned…

 

 

 

Why I’ve fallen in love with my Mac all over again!

Mac dictation

I love my mac. Yes, I know, I’m one of those people that swear once you use a Mac you’ll never go back… But honestly it’s true!! lol.

Seriously, though I have used a macbook now for about seven years and until today I didn’t really understand the full capacities of what wonderful built in programs and functions the OS came with. Today I discovered the built in dictation program… OMG mind blown… Coming from a PC perspective, anything to do with dictation meant having to purchase Dragon dictation software and would cost a lot of dollars, so to think that Mac simply has the dictation software already build into it’s OS system, that can be used in pretty much any writing program (it works in Scrivener too, whoo hoo!) had been something I’d never really considered. I’m actually writing this post of mine using the dictation software, there’s been a few little errors like when I said the word writing it actually wrote brushing, but apart from a few typos so far it’s been perfect!

I’m actually quite excited to see how it goes using it to dictate my novel, or at least parts of my novel, using the software itself. Because as we all know, we can think and say things a lot faster than we can write them out (sometimes to our detriment, lol). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fairly fast typist, but I’m an even faster speaker, as my family will attest to, so if I do get the hang of dictating, I’m hoping it will increase my word count!

How about you? Did you know about the built in dictation software for the mac? And if you did I’d love to hear your experience in using it – has it saved time? Has it sped up your daily writing word count? Let me know 🙂

If you are like me and did not know about this feature, Apple have a great how to on setting it up  – click here

Scrivener for iPad is nearly here!

I am sooooo excited that Scrivener for iPad is finally being released on the 20th July!

I have been waiting for an iPad version for years, so to say I am counting the sleeps until its release (it’s 3 sleeps btw, lol) is an understatement. I’ve dabbled with Scrivener over the years and unfortunately as I started several of my novels in Word I stuck to that program to finish them off. However, I vowed that with my next new book I started, I would use Scrivener from the get go though to the final compilation of the novel. So with my new novel that I am currently working on ‘The Bachelor Bounty’ I have used Scrivener right from the initial brainstorming period, to the outlining, character development, the writing itself, and finally through to the editing and compiling. I had read several other authors say that once you used Scrivener fully from start to finish of a novel there would be no going back. Can I say, this is absolutely true! It is a fantastic piece of software and if you haven’t tried it, you really must (particularly now with the iPad version days away from release). I myself will never go back to any other program, it is that great (I’m not being paid nor am I an affiliate with the company either). So do yourself a favour and the next writing project you start, download your free trial of Scrivener and give it a go. You will not be disappointed I promise!

Resistance and Writing

Resistance… I don’t know about you but for some reason I find that when I hit a certain point in my current WIP (work in progress), and it’s usually somewhere between the 15,000 to 20,000 word mark, that for some reason I seem to do all I possibly can to NOT write!

It’s bizarre really; I’m so excited by the beginning stages of writing that I write like a bullet, with complete effortlessness and joy. But then I hit that unsweet spot and literally like clockwork, nothing. Instead of writing I seem to waste inordinate amounts of  time checking FaceBook, twitter, doing the dishes, cleaning up… pretty much whatever I can to get out of writing! Even though I still want to write my story, it’s like I come up against a solid brick wall and feel completely stuck. Once I can get over this beast, then the writing flows again, but actually getting past it is difficult (as many of my previously unfinished novels hitting the 15,000 word mark would attest to).

The definition of resistance is varied, but most define it as something akin to a refusal to accept or comply with something. Well let me tell you that my creativity and subconscious are certainly seeming to be stamping their mark and are refusing to comply with my self-imposed deadline and writing schedule. Now because I’m pitching at the upcoming RWA conference in August I MUST have this second book of mine completed. It certainly won’t be polished but I can work on that after the pitch!!  However to get it finished I have to write 10,000 words each week leading up to the August conference – any less than this and my WIP simply won’t be finished. So I really do need to nip this resistance thing in the bud.

Now how do I do that? How does a writer push through resistance, when it is clinging so desperately to them? I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way for myself to budge this beast is to literally place my backside in my chair, turn on my current WIP music playlist, open up Scrivener and simply write. I anticipate a lot of editing needed but as the great Nora Roberts said ‘I can edit a bad page, I cannot edit a blank one’.  So I am off to write, and regardless of how strong this unruly and stubborn resistance beast is, I will beat it into submission!!

PS I do know this post is also a way of NOT writing my WIP!! But writing (even when it’s not fiction) truly helps to knock down resistance and get your subconscious into a more creative and receptive space to work on your fiction. Give it a try 🙂

Have fun writing!

 

 

 

Writing and Rebounding

Well today I’ve been hard at work working on my latest WIP and I’ve got to say that sitting in a chair for hours on end is just not great on the back!! As I was making yet another cup of tea I was hit with inspiration… pull out my Bellicon rebounder from the garage and take it up to my writing room. With it there I can set my timer and for every 25 minutes of writing I completed I would then jump on my rebounder and have a bounce for 5 minutes!

Brilliant! I get to write and get in some exercise too, all without having to leave my writing room and the creative flow. And I’ve got to tell you I felt fantastic after a day of writing! So I highly recommend getting yourself some form of portable exercise equipment (be it an exercise bike, rebounder, gym ball, trx etc) and set it up right near where you’re working, then set a timer and off you go. Writing & rebounding… a match made in heaven!

My Current WIP

 

I am so excited with my current work in progress ‘The Bachelor Bounty‘! It’s a lot darker and grittier than my previous work, plus my heroine is highly unusual for Victorian standards… Lady Kaitlyn Montrose is a woman who is as proficient in her knife skills as she is deficient in her needlework!

I just love unusual and eccentric heroines, don’t you?