Coffee and Ink: The Rebirth

While looking for a different file a few days ago, I found a pdf of one of my earliest NaNoWriMo novels, Coffee and Ink (from 2008), and I’ve decided to give it a bit of a dust off, while listening to The Hands Of Man on repeat! I swear I’ve listened to that album about a dozen or so times today.

There’s a lot of stuff I’ve stripped out, because I don’t think it really added to the narrative. Mostly really awkwardly written sex scenes.

I’ve also cleaned up the typos and the sloppy punctuation – from the time I started writing to the last full stop was 262.5 real hours, so probably about 80 hours writing, and with it being a NaNoWriMo novel it was written at speed, so there was little time to go back and edit it. Basically I’ve taken it down from about 62k to 46k, so in its edited form it doesn’t qualify as a NaNoWriMo winning novel, but it’s a lot less full of crap than it was before.

And no, not all the 16k I stripped out was sex scenes!

Basically, I’ve got it cleaned up to the point that I’m comfortable with unleashing it on the world. If you read my post on writing believable characters, this is the novel I was talking about. Having read the novel several times again over the last few days, I’ve decided that Ben isn’t the man I thought he was, but I have fallen for another of the characters.

Jodie Maine: Coffee and Ink

When I first wrote it, I’d intended for Coffee and Ink to be the first of a series of novellas about the MC, Jodie Maine, and so I put her name in the title. While I still see scope for another novella at least (which you’ll understand if you ever read Coffee and Ink), I can’t see it being a long term thing, so I’ve cut her name from the title.

I’ve uploaded the requisite files to CreateSpace and I’m currently formatting the interior for Kindle, so with any luck it’ll be available really soon.

Still working out how to create an iBooks version without a Mac. I have a 2001 iMac, but it’s running Tiger, so I doubt I’d be able to find a version of iBooks Author that works on it. I think it’s going to end up being a VM job, unless I can find someone local who has a newer Mac than mine.

Anyway, I’ll be adding its own page in due course, and hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s available for purchase! And none of this is just me procrastinating to avoid writing what I should be, of course!

Warm thoughts and positive energy,

x Rebecca

NaNoWriMo: Oops… I plotted

NaNoWriMo Participant 2014

National Novel Writing Month ( NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

That’s what encouraged me to sign up for NaNoWriMo many moons ago. I can’t remember how many years ago it was, but I know my triplets were only tiny, so it has to be about 6 or 7. I loved the idea of going Hell for leather into the unknown with only a computer to guide me (which in those days was a second hand iMac I bought on eBay and picked up in Harrogate while taking the kids to see their grandma). Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Oops… I plotted”