National Novel Writing Month- I’ve Signed Up… Umm Humm #amwriting #nanowrimo

Last week I found out about NNWM or nanowrimo via another blogger. I just got around to checking out their website. I’ve done it, I signed up just now. Since I have a personal goal to write sixteen chapters in about eight weeks,  by the end of December.  (I’ve completed three of sixteen already, to be fair), I thought what the hell, let’s give it a go. I may as well sign up with millions of other writers around the world, and see if I can pen 50,000 words in the month of November. I’m crazy!  But rather up for the challenge and motivated by what I’m writing. I feel fully engaged, here goes.

I just updated my word count on NNWM, based on their assumption I started writing on the 1st November and  I have just over 7,000 words down,  they calculated  just over 1,000 words  a day I’ve wrote on average, over the seven days of November. According to NNWM’s stats  with this figure, this means I will finish by the 18th December. I can live with that, to be honest as long as I’m done by the end of 2016,  I can use January 2017 for submission prep I don’t mind. It would be amazing if I actually completed it (all), in the next twenty four days…. I have a rough word count of about 50-65K in mind. Again according to the stats that came back from NNWM, if I write just 1,700 words a day for the next twenty four days I’d complete 50,000 by the end of November. Ummm humm sounds good. 

Who has  signed up? Or is thinking of  it? Let me know. Need a writing buddy??

 

November’s Writing Goals.

Write 16 Chapters in 8 Weeks Can I do It?- Meeting Publisher’s Deadlines #amwriting #romance #thriller #2017

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By now you all know about the romantic thriller I’ve had in mind for the last year, well I’m working on it full time now.  I have agreed to submit the full manuscript to a new publisher for January 2017! They have seen the first three chapters and want more :). Silly me, I’ve not got very far  as I’ve been too busy working on the final for Not Just for Christmas (done),and my short story for the charity book Code Red (done).

When I sent out my work on query to two publishers, I never expected to hear back so soon from either of them. Now, I need to write write write! It’s a good thing the month of November is the month of Nanowrimo – writers try to pen 50,000 words- in a month. Personally I’ve never tried but here goes. I’m on it now I am free to focus on it. The goal for Nanowrimo for me  is two chapters per week, from next week for the next eight weeks. That will leave the month of January, for editing and proof reading and submission. I’m so looking forward to writing this story  to share with you all, if all goes well once the publisher has seen the full story. 

Wish me luck! And have a great week.

FREE Chapter Preview: ‘Not Just for Christmas’ #romancereaders #amreading #newrelease #christmas

Happy Guy Fawkes night guys,

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable night, here in London the celebrations have kicked off already. I’ve had  fire crackers going off outside my window, for a few hours now.

Tonight I’m pleased to share with you a free chapter preview from Not Just for Christmas, my second book will be released little later in November. I’ll confirm the date for you all soon. In the mean time,  if you’re not out in the cold watching fireworks, then enjoy the start of a modern, feel-good romantic story, with a Christmas theme.

Book blurb:

In Not Just For Christmas readers are taken on a romantic journey set in London, during the festive season. Following two characters originally opposed to each other fall in love, with a enough warmth and sensuality to keep readers warm at any time of year.

As Christmas draws near thirty five year old social worker Ava Green, finds herself desperate to not be alone at her favourite time of year. Following the break- up of her engagement to her ex earlier in the year, Ava has spent  ten months on a mission to get over her ex.  With the support of her two of her closest girlfriends Tasha and Marie, Ava makes a bold move which surprises her girlfriends in order to find a companion for the festive season.  Ava’s path crosses with tall dark and handsome Detective Jerome Samuels, a forty five year old divorcee also in search of love. Once their paths cross after a few bumps along the way there’s no turning back, these two characters are caught up in  a whirlwind of sensual and heart –warming romance, that Detective Jerome Samuels hopes is  not just for Christmas, he’s on a mission to claim his lady Ava.

Click the link below to download the first 2.5 chapters for free.

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Christmas 2016

 

 

1 Bottle of Wine, 1 Pizza and 1 Manuscript= It Must Be Friday! #amwriting #writerslife

wp_20161104_001This afternoon during my lunch break I ran across London, to meet my new editor and collect my manuscript for Not Just For Christmas. It burned a hole in my bag as I went back into work, I was keen to get home and look over what small tweaks I need to make for my final, to send to my publisher.

Tonight, I’ve been working on it, armed with a bottle of wine, and a pizza. I can confidently say it will be done by Sunday. Which means a chapter preview  for Not Just For Christmas is coming your way this weekend 🙂

Have a great weekend, I’ll catch you on Sunday.

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Christmas 2016

 

 

Publisher’s Call For Submissions! #amwriting #scfi #fantasty

 Just a quick share of this email that popped up in my inbox today.Are you a sci-fi writer? This one is for you. A few agents are looking for manuscripts in  the scfi  and adult fantasy genre. And there’s a writing competition, click the link below. Good luck!

http://view.writers-community.com/?qs=ee9a61df21db1545ef0a2127b91fb317eada5e3e3f628b836472de20130e0abd560aef074097e3d678ee34152b41683f0e7d4064bb821703b0e3705bd00dd39f4bf9f8f0641b6fb117179d4aa7e40a5b

 

 

Writing Prompt: Write About A Book That Affected You – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn #amwriting #author #inspiration

Another writing prompt from the random situation generator I found on line, to spark writing creativity. There were a few  random situation prompts,  this afternoon that caught my eye- being a writer this one stuck out. I’d love to share why I love this particular book , (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn), and how it helped me make some hard decisions as a writer and now author.

Where do I start with this book? Have you read it? If not you really should. If you’ve seen the movie the book is miles better, even though the movie is also good. A few of the things I admire about this book is firstly the genre, (psychological) thriller, the characters, the actual story line’s nuts a bolts (human relationships) and the way Gillian wrote the book. She did something that a lot of writers/authors (not me) shy from- she wrote in the first person. Some say, that this is a sign of amateur writing, I completely disagree and fight this point tooth and nail … I think if you can do it and do it well – get on with it. From experience it is a challenge to do this, if you write in the suspenseful type genres. Do y’all know what it takes to write in first person well enough for it to have the right impact on readers ? A hell of a lot! Gillian did a fantastic job, I can’t praise her highly enough. You have to react to situations like the character, not how you personally would and be consistent- challenging not easy.

When I read Gone Girl, I was there, totally engrossed, mouth open. I felt like I was right there with the main (crazy ass) female character, Amy dressed in black with my hat low, ready to commit the crimes she did in the book, along side her. I saw, felt, heard, tasted, smelt and experienced everything she did in all the (unthinkable) acts of madness Gillian made this character do, in this brilliant suspenseful thriller. In my (humble) opinion the story would not have had the same impact on me as a reader, if it she  wrote in third person.

Apart from the choice of  how Gillian decided to tell the story, through her characters as opposed to third person as the author.  And the brilliant ( unpredictable) twists and turns, the character development was spot on! From chapter one, I sensed Amy was a nut job I never liked her as a person, she was out of this world crazy, but guess what I was not about to put that book down. In my view Gillian created a villain and unusually a female villain- a total bitch I hated, but she ( Amy)  made me want to read right to the last page. To do that as a writer I think is something to be  very proud of.  Nice job Gillian.

How this author’s book helped with my own tough decision making as a writer is also quite important.  Firstly, I honestly believe that when one has a story-line knocking between their ears, the story will tell YOU how you write it eg suspenseful,  scary, horror, thrill, third person, first person whatever. That’s been my experience, while writing two books and now on my third. A Stranger in France (my first book) the story-line and characters I had in mind told me three things 1. suspense is the theme and overall feeling of the story 2. Kim you have to write first person if you want readers to feel and experience, what each of these characters go through, in the twists and turns you have in mind, third person won’t work.  What reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl did  for me personally as a writer is  to allow me to  say f*ck it! I don’t care what anyone says about writing first person. I am in the driver’s seat I am the writer damn it I’m going against the “norm” or what is considered as the usual approach for my genre ( romance),  I’m writing in first person, and I’ll do it  as well as I can !  To be honest if an editor or publisher said to me “Kim write this  ( book) in third person” I would have said no and self published, that’s how strongly I felt about it and how much I enjoy first person writing- becoming the characters as I write. So Thank you Gillian! You gave me some balls  that I will carry with me for life as a writer, after seeing an example of perfect first person writing, with excellent character development. I’d do it all again …  in fact I did 🙂   and I plan on writing more stories maybe in first person, using excellent character development. Thanks Gillian!

 

 

#Giveaway on Goodreads! #amreading #romancereaders

I’m running a giveaway on Goodreads between 2nd November – 2nd December 2016. Two signed copies of A Stranger in France are up for grabs. UK residents only for this one. To enter pop your details in below on the Goodreads entry form. Winners are selected at random by Goodreads.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Stranger in France by Kim  Knight

A Stranger in France

by Kim Knight

Giveaway ends December 02, 2016.

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Ready, Set, Write!

I’ve never heard of this, have you writers out there heard of this? I’m participating in secret- I think I can do about 25,000 words but I’ll aim for 50,000 as best I can time allowing

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Ready! Set! Write!Ready! Set! Write!

Today is November first and the beginning of Nanowrimo –when writers worldwide try to pen a 50,000 novel before the end of the month.

I’m not participating in Nanowrimo this year. The novel I’m working on is fermenting in a box. Instead, I’m working on a book of non-fiction about learning to hunt, and this is the month when I take my newly minted hunting license into the woods. Nevertheless, I applaud everyone who signs up, sits down and writes.

I applaud anyone who sits down and writes. I applaud anyone who sits down and writes.

Edit that: I applaud everyone who sits down and writes. Regardless of whether or not you sign up for Nanowrimo, here’s encouragement from famous authors for writers of all genres, embarked in projects of all kinds, wherever you are.

Somerset Maugham famously said, There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

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Just Entered Top #100 on Amazon.com #amreading #romance #halloween

Technically Halloween is over in the UK it’s almost 12.30 a.m and I’m about to go to bed. But I just have to say this is the best Halloween ever! And now I REALLY  want to say  Thank you.  A Stranger In France  just entered at #85 in the romance, suspense and mystery category for top downloads internationally on .com, and hit #30 here at home on the UK Amazon. I’m amazed both here at home and away I’ve entered the top 100- how has this happened? Every author’s dream.

Believe me when I say it does not matter to me it’s free and I’m giving away my book, it’s encouraging  and enough to know that I’m appealing to readers, and building on top of the sales/readership I’ve already banked since release day. Still 7 hours to go until the free download ends…

People THANK YOU and happy reading.