Saturday, 22 October 2011

Head in the clouds


No, not here in real life (I wish!): only in my imagination at my desk, in one of the settings of the new novel. But I'm looking up to say hello with a little teaser...does anyone recognise where in the world this is?

For those of you who like to know how books progress, I'm now 36,000 words into the first draft, about which I am feeling quite proud, as it's currently school half-term - two whole weeks for us! - and it's been a busy time. We're mid-way through, and we've had friends to stay, an evening at the theatre in London, cinema and shopping trips and lunches with friends, as well as a few commitments for me with The Lantern.

I'm setting myself a very realistic target of 50,000 words by the start of the Christmas holidays, which will give me lots of wiggle room to re-write and improve as I go along. I'll let you know in a while if you're right about the location I'm revisiting and trying to bring alive on the page and screen...

18 comments:

Spangle said...

36,000 is very impressive! I don't recognise the location, but it looks like a beautiful setting for a novel.

Pet said...

I cannot point the place. But you will let us know at some point, won't you?

Beverly said...

Just going to thrown something out from My imagination...Corsica? Or someplace that starts with an S....can't pull it up.

Richard Moisan said...

Quel suspens!

Steve said...

I cant wait for the new book. Really loved the last one, any idea of the final word count target.

vanessafrance said...

Well done, it's clearly going well. And how sensible to set an achievable target by Christmas. I was going to try the NaNoWriMo challenge in November but decided that 50,000 words in a month is just not the way I want to write.

Haven't a clue where the photo is. It doesn't look like Corsica, but I'll probably be proved wrong!

vanessafrance said...

Sorry to leave multiple comments - it told me I hadn't got the word verification right and to do it again!

Yvonne Osborne said...

It could be Mackinac Island during the sailboat races except for the mountainous background. Maybe Greece or South of France?? Beginning a new novel is so exciting. I love the exhiliration of being lost in my characters, never knowing what they're going to do next.

Harvee said...

Wherever it is, we'd love to be there. I'm guessing the Mediterranean somewhere.

aguja said...

No, I don't recognise it, but there are maritime pines. It could be the Mediterranean .... but could it be Cornawall?

Wow - not a very literary comment! Many words in a short space of time. Hope you make your terget ... and then you can look back through and discover your book.

victoriacorby said...

It reminds me of the islands around Hong Kong but those aren't Chinese junks.

You're really cracking along with the book,I find that the more I write the slower I go, the inner critic which seems to get sronger and stronger as you grow older keeps on insisting that I correct this or that.

Cottage Garden said...

Thanks for popping by my blog to say hello Deborah and for following me too.

I'm sure you will reach your target of 50,000 you are certainly doing extremely well up until now!

Could that location be Cornwall, along the Helford River? Maybe not. It looks fairly busy - somewhere along the Cote d'azur perhaps....

Jeanne

Elizabeth Young said...

Well done Deborah! The writing grass doesn't grow under your feet, you must be quite disciplined. Good for you! We should all take a lesson from you, make goals and stick with them. You're doing something right!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

So exciting! It sounds like you're making great progress :0)

Anonymous said...

Bonne inspiration !

Adiante

Paintdancer said...

You have been very busy! Creative inspiration is wonderful, but it sounds as though you are tempering work with pleasure, too. I am looking forward to that next book!

The photo reminds me of Les Calanques, but I guess it could be somewhere even further south as someone already mentioned. Sardinia?

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Thanks to all for the inspired guesses! Yvonne's South of France has it, with Beverly's Corsica a close second. It is the island of Porquerolles, off the south coast of France. See the post above for details!

Thanks too for all yor encouraging comments about the work in progress. Always a time of ups and downs and losing my way, but pushing on...

Blinds Installation said...

Thanks for this inspiration book. It has a lot of stuff. I am waiting for next one. Thanks for this.

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