Dates with wordcounts written on a whiteboard

My grand white board of writing goals with word counts and targets and everything!

The weird bit on the right is where I write down how much money I haven’t got in my bank account and when my credit card bills are due (I’m glossing over those…).

After far too much pootling around, I’ve starting work on my new novel, which will launch a whole new series.

I’m keeping details under wraps at the minute, but I think it’s going to be bigger and better than Perceivers.

I’m actually really excited about it. I’ve planned out the first book and sketched out follow up novels but, as usual, this is all likely to change as the process continues.

As you can see from what I’ve written on my whiteboard (with pens that were running out!) some word goals. Now if I know me, and I do, I probably won’t stick to this. It’s sort of a guide. I’m going to try to hit some smaller targets on ordinary days and then days when I have time off work (I have a holiday coming up), I’m planning to write a chunk more. Until I get to the horrible bits where I get stuck. I always get stuck. I hate it when it happens, but it’s usually a good thing as my brain has to work its way round a problem in order to find an ingenious solution. This usually makes the story better and a more thrilling ride for the reader. Even if it causes a headache for the writer.

I took this picture a couple of days ago of the empty board. I’ve now started to fill it in. It’s all a bit scary … and exciting!