Novel Writing Winter (NWW) 2013 — What’s Next?


Novel Writing Winter (NWW) 2013 ended today with the advent of the Vernal Equinox (just couldn’t resist replacing the word Spring, with its posh relative Vernal). I’m not sure whether all the people who registered an interest in NWW are still on board, but I know of some who’ve stayed the course. From the feedback I’ve had, nobody has yet finished their project, which is why I’ve decided to start a new page titled “Novel Writing Spring, 2013 ( Forum)” — link below. On the NWS page, you’ll also find a new image to paste in your sidebar, to replace the NWW one.

For me, January 1st heralded a change in direction for my writing — different style, more literary than before, and speculative. At first, my head could only deal with writing 250-500 words per session, or I would end up with one of my “school algebra” headaches, which is my name for anything that taxes my head to exploding point. Once I’d written the first 10,000 words and sketched out a complicated family tree for my incestuous cast of characters, things started taking off for real, and it was time to throw away the paracetomol. This week, I’ve reached the point when I’m breathless with excitement, so it’s on to the tranquillizers (only joking!).

Yesterday, in anticipation of the Vernal happening, I wrote an explosive and passionate chapter that’s pivotal to my whole novel.  Approximately 20,000 words in, here’s a small tease of a paragraph. Publication of anything else from the chapter would require me to slap an adult rating on to this post, so anyone interested to read on will have to hope, with me, that the novel ends up published.

  • But there she is, standing there in the middle of the room, tears rolling down her speckled cheeks, her tawny irises swimming in a sea of pink. Alone. Adrift. And it’s my duty to rescue her before she runs aground, splinters, and drowns in her own desolation.

Does anyone else want to celebrate the start of spring, by sharing a paragraph of their Work in Progress?

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

4 thoughts on “Novel Writing Winter (NWW) 2013 — What’s Next?”

  1. the little teaser paragraph sounds good Sarah 😉
    My work in progress? Will never see the light of day I’m afraid. My writing is not polished enough in that genre to be seen by the rest of the world 😉


    1. Except for literary geniuses, no first draft is ever polished enough to be seen by the rest of the world. And for most of us, a first novel means about 20 drafts D: Many published authors have had to write 5 or more novels until they have a breakthrough. Hope that’s me, as I’m on my 5th and feel a teeny bit more hopeful about it than the ones that have gone before. Every novel is a learning experience never wasted. Keep at it 🙂


  2. I love that excerpt. I will think about what’s next, too. And share a short piece, Sarah, next week, if that is okay. I have company and life is a whirlwind, but things will quiet down very soon.


    1. Thanks, Naomi. I look forward to your excerpt 🙂 I’ve just had a good day for a Monday, beginning the week by writing just over 1,000 words in one sitting. This morning, I was so excited about what I was going to write next, it was a 9 a.m. start at the PC, which I haven’t managed in a long time!


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