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This weeks word count = 15,910. As I've got to week 10, and as my 'adventure' now has a tentative title, I've changed the name of the blog. This week I have mostly been grappling with how to weave my A story and B story together. If you haven't read 'Save the Cat!' by Blake [...]

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This week I sent the story so far to one of my SCBWI critique group buddies Kate Poels. She has become the second honorary book club member. Kate is really brilliant at feedback (as are all my critique group) and gave me loads of helpful advice. One of her take home messages is that I [...]

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Just to prove that I really did make it underground last week! Sadly the caves where my story is set aren't limestone (from my geology searches so far anyway) which means no stalagmites and stalactites but it was still good to get down in the cold and dark. It's absolutely not my favourite thing as [...]

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It's forecast to be the hottest day of the year so what am I planning? To go caving. Yes, for research purposes, I am venturing underground to soak up some atmosphere and take some pictures so I can imagine myself in the dark of an underground cavern while basking in the heat of the summer [...]

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Chapter 9 has just been delivered. I've been a bit distracted working on a picture book text as well this week so I was a bit slow in really cracking on. But I was spurred on by the encouragement of Sarah Broadley and the other Nearly Nanos on facebook. The regular posts of the ups [...]

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