Category: Odds and Ends

This is a collection of posts that don't fit under the Writing Review or Inspiration category.

Apr 27

End of Camp NaNoWriMo and escaping on a writing retreat

Hello everyone, I’ve temporarily escaped the toxic smoke that is London. I’ve ended my Camp NaNoWriMo project at 30,000 words. My target was 40,000 but due to a mixture of work commitments and health issues I wasn’t able to reach my goal. It’s disappointing but 30,000 words is better than 20,000 or 10,000 or nothing …

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Apr 01

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019

Hello everyone, No. This isn’t an April fool’s joke. I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo 2019. Last November I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and wrote 50000 words in thirty days. Camp NaNoWriMo works along the same lines. The main differences are that it takes place in April, you are placed …

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Jan 01

2019 goals

Welcome to 2019! 2018 was a big year for me. As I said in my last post it was the best year of my life. So how am I going to top it this year? True, I’m not publishing a novel this year. I still don’t think I have the energy built up for another …

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Dec 09

Reflections on 2018

I had a conversation with my friends the other day about what the best and worst year of our lives were. My worst year was 2011. I was in sixth form, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, I had little plans for the future and the present consisted of me stuck in …

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Dec 04

Brixton Book Jam 2018

Hello everyone, Last night I read the opening chapter of Empty Nights at the Brixton BookJam. It was a fantastic evening. The organisers were brilliant, the crowd was fantastic and a great night was had by all. The Brixton BookJam is held on the first Monday of March, June, October and December. I recommend that you all …

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Nov 13

Stan Lee tribute

Hello everyone, I was sitting on a delayed and diverted train from London Charing Cross when I heard the news. Aptly enough I was watching a fight scene between Wolverine and The Hulk on Youtube when the story broke. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now the legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has …

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Oct 01

Returning from a writing break

Hello everyone, I’ve spent all of September on a writing break, to recharge after my book was launched on 1st September. Although I did end up writing, so it wasn’t much of a break to be honest, I enjoyed not working to a deadline. The pressure is off. It also gave me time to plan out the rest …

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Sep 01

My novel Empty Nights is available now

Hello everyone, I’ve just finished the live video on my Facebook author page in which I dropped the link to my début novel Empty Nights.  I can’t link directly to the video but here is a link to my Facebook author page where you can find it. https://www.facebook.com/jackdowdswritingblog/ If you enjoy the book please take the time to …

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Aug 28

Guest post on Amanda Fleet’s website

Hello everyone, I’m delighted to say that that Amanda’s Fleet has kindly published a guest post by me on her website regarding perseverance as a writer and on my upcoming novel launch. You can read the post by clicking… here! I’ll like to give a big thank you to Amanda for this opportunity.      

Aug 21

Article in my local newspaper

Hello everyone, I received a phone call today from a reporter at the Newsshopper, my local newspaper. She was responding to a submission I sent them about covering the launch of my novel. I’m glad to say that they decided to publish the article. You can read it by copying and pasting the link below …

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