Author: Sean Broadchest

Pushed Hard and Made It!

As you can see from the NaNoWriMo Winner’s Badge, I met the challenge–writing 52,000 words in November!

After a false start with the first novel I set out to write in November, the characters of the second novel were glad to share their story with me. Given that I always take a day of rest on Sundays, that took a whole 6 days from my writing schedule, meaning I had to write about 2,100 words per day to make the 50,000. It was brutal!

At one point, I stalled, but the characters insisted I could get back on track by adding some alien-like beings into the story. Aliens! You’ve gotta be kidding me! This is a romantic mystery–not sci-fi! They insisted, and so it is, there are other-worldly characters in my (who am I kidding!) story. In fact, they worked in very well, adding some unexpected interest to the story. I’m sure it will put a smile on readers faces.

Now, the challenge is to finish the novel. At 52,000 words, it’s about 40% to 50% done, but there’s still a lot of story to tell–at least that’s what the characters are telling me! Then, of course, will come several rounds of heavy-handed editing to tighten the story up, and make sure it’s all cohesive. One of the perks of winning NaNoWriMo is that I could purchase Scrivener, a writer’s software, for half price–which I did. For the last few days, I’ve been stuffing my manuscript into Scrivener, and learning how to use all its features. I write more on Scrivener in a later post.

One More Week!

Well, there are only 7 days left in the NaNoWriMo challenge. I still have a lot of work to do. I finished 38,000 words of my novel, so far, and have another 12,000 to go before midnight on the 30th. If I can keep up my current pace, and my characters are cooperating, I might just make it! There’s just one little downside, now that we can verify our word count on the NaNoWriMo site, I found their counter is not writer friendly–showing 200+ fewer words than my count in LibreOffice. 200 words may not sound like much, but they could be the hardest ones to write!

Good luck to all NaNoWriMo writers out there! Just one last push!

OOPS! Missed That Turn Again!

 

I am very pleased to announce my new book OOPS! Missed That Turn Again!, subtitled: And Other Funny Stories from My Past. As you can guess from the title, this is an anthology of funny, silly, interesting, and poignant stories from my life. These are all true stories, but I have saved many red faces by changing all the names, except mine, of course.

This was a fun book to write, albeit a three-month effort. It’s what has kept me quiet on the site and everywhere else. What amazes me most about creating this book, is how much I was able to remember from way, way, way back! I couldn’t believe I still remembered the school cheer!

The book cover image is very appropriate. It’s a photo of a lone vehicle negotiating the dunes of the Namib Desert, in Namibia, Africa. I had the opportunity of driving through the Namib Desert while visiting Namibia back in 2001. I experienced first-hand what it’s like to be caught in a sandstorm. It was frightening! It’s also in Namibia that I “missed that turn again” several times, getting myself, and my companion, hopelessly lost in what I was told was a dangerous place!

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!

This book, as with all my titles, is published by Raw Sienna Press, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada, and is available as a Print On Demand book, on Blurb.ca.