Turning Point

I have been trying to write this post for about a week now, but I keep getting distracted. Today I have a couple of minutes before I have to brave the snow to go get my son from school, so let’s see if I can get it done in record time.

First up, big news, I finished writing my mystery! With a whole day to spare! My WIP, newly titled: The Incident at Palmer Road, is a full first draft. It is probably also the cleanest first draft I have ever written. Mainly because I made it a habit to reread the previous day’s chapter before I started writing.

My plan is to wait until after NaNo, and likely after the holidays to start editing, but that may not be what happens. I am very excited about this project, and I want to have at least one read through this month, which will lead to notes and likely editing. If I’m careful, I may be able to limit myself to typo fixes instead of rewrites and formatting changes, and just make notes of things to fix later.

This month I want to focus on whittling down my To Be Read pile, and getting my brain back in line for my new novel, Gloria, which will be my NaNoWriMo project for 2018. Once I get into it, I will likely replace the pinned post at the top of this blog with an excerpt from that story.

I am going to try to keep up with the Instagram Prep_tober Challenge (cute play on words) this month, so there should be a lot more activity on my IG account than usual.

I have also been having ideas for a third mystery novel set in the 1920s. I have created a new Scrivener project for it, and it is tentatively titled The Reception. I am loving the fact that now that I have finally embraced my favourite genre, there is no end to the amount of ideas for novels and characters. This is so much fun.

I can see how Agatha Christie managed to write more than 80 books in her time. Not that I expect to get anywhere close to that, but I can definitely see myself being one of those authors ‘working on her 16th novel’. That was something that just always seemed so out of reach. How do you write so many books? Well, when it’s fun and the ideas keep coming, I guess it’s easier.

As I mentioned above, it is snowing already here (as in six inches last night), and that really puts a damper on the whole autumnal mood of October. Now I find myself wanting to hide under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and a cozy old book.

I recently picked up the Otto Penzler anthology of Jack the Ripper stories, and I discovered that he’s done another about Christmas mysteries. This is my new ‘book I need to own’ goal. What’s better than a murder mystery at Christmas?

What are your plans for October? Anyone thinking of taking on NaNoWriMo this year?

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