It was one year ago today I began this blog. Part of my successful Arts Council application commited me to documenting the novel-writing process. I wanted those toying with the idea to get a sense of what was involved, as well as offering advice on aspects of craft, such as dialogue, narrative and exposition.
So far there have been 7,993 visitors (though I expect (and hope) some of you have popped by more than once), viewing a total of 13,598 pages. There have been competitions, interviews, book reviews - but mostly just discussions on this dirty old business of writing.
I am a little behind my target of completing the first draft, but stick with me - I've not far to go. After a couple of weeks of 'leaving it well alone', I'll edit and re-write furiously with a view to submitting to publishers in the spring. Stick around and I'll share the rejection - er, I mean acceptance letters with you.
It's been great to meet so many people - some just passing through, others who've become hardcore stalwarts (cheque's in the post). Writing is a solitary affair, which requires a reasonable level of insanity to maintain over a year. So thank you for all your comments and feedback, and, well, your company really.