#7DWC – Done!…

i did it! i finished the 7-Day-Writing-Challenge i started last week.

7dwc_DONE20180131Ok. Now i did not write every day and i did not meet the word goal most days BUT… i wrote 6 days out of 7, wrote about 3500 words (give or take a few) of the required 7000 and edited more than half my novel! i would say that is not bad at all and would even call it a triumph šŸ˜‰

i didn’t think much about it when i started this challenge, i did it on a whim. However, it has been great to see so many people doing it and encouraging each other daily to keep writing in spite of lack of time and sleep, and even in difficult circumstances (some of which were quite hard and sad), people were writing.

Doing this challenge has enabled me to edit half my novel, which has given me the boost i needed to push ahead and get it done and then onto crit groups we will go šŸ˜€

So if you are thinking about writing, don’t think – just do it! Join a challenge like this or better still join a writing group. If a group is not your thing, find a writing bubby. i know that my writing bubby has been the one who keeps me writing and i hope i have helped her too. And it is lovely to have someone to bounce ideas off, someone to pull you out of the dumps if you fall.

Keep Calm and Write On!



7 Day Writing Challenge…

So in keeping with bringing the theme of writing back to this blog and to get my story, which i have been working on, off and on, for the last couple of years, finished, i joined the 7 Day Writing Challenge by The Write Practice.

7-day-creative-writing-challengei have been lurking at The Write Practice for a few years now and like reading the articles but i have not taken part in anything. i am hoping that taking part in this challenge will give me the push i need to finally finish this story i have been writing, or at least get it to a stage where i am happy to have others read it.

The challenge is to write something, everyday, for 7 days, and therefore forming a writing habit. And of course, as with any writing challenge, there is a word count goal, 1000 words a day. Doesn’t sound like a lot. It is totally doable. i know because when i do Nanowrimo,Ā the daily goal is something like 1600.

Now it is Day 3 of the challenge. i met the writing goal on Day 1 and fell off the wagon on Day 2 (meeting just half the goal). i haven’t written anything for Day 3 yet (unless you count this blog post). But i am still feeling good about the challenge.

The Write Practice sends daily pep-talk emails and here is my favourite quote so far:

“Being a good writer is 3% talent,
97% not being distracted by the Internet.”

How true that is! Hahha… So the idea is to write, write, write…

Wish me luck! Or better yet, ask me over the next few days, “How’s the writing going?”.

Thanks very much.


i was in Belgium…

Two Fridays ago, it was Mother’s Day. Two Fridays ago, i packed my boy off to school and make sure his father knew the plans for the day and left for the airport. Two Fridays ago, i gave myself the gift of attending my first-ever writer’s conference, for an entire weekend!

It was the Europolitian, organised by the 5 regions of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for Europe. Loved it!

It was held in the lovely city of Brussels, Belgium. i had never been there before and had a great time walking around a small part of the city for the Scrawl Crawl, which was a pre-conference event.


Some of my favouriteĀ buildings we saw on our Scrawl Crawl through the city.
The weather wasn’t great; it was rain one minute, sunny the next. But we made it through; rain, sun and fun.
The Grand Place with its gold paintedĀ buildings. Quite impressive, indeed.

There was a lovely dinner after all that walking and then it was off to bed because we had an early start to a long day.


The conference venue was a beautiful manor house in the suburbs, with lush green grounds, stunning grand rooms with wood paneling and sparkling chandeliers. It was an inspirational place to have the conference.

i enjoyed the lunches which were served from food trucks! And it was an informal stand up affair.

The keynote speeches were superb (one made many of us cry, another made us laugh a lot), the workshops were helpful and insightful, my one-on-one crit was good, the many chats with fellow attendeesĀ made it feel warm and family-like. i came away stirred and recharged with ideas to move ahead with my writing!

Thank you to the hardworking, amazing team which put the conference together.


What a contrast! The cathedral at Grand Place on a rainy day and at night. Both beautiful!

The next one is in Switzerland in 2019 – i am definitely there! šŸ˜‰