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Elise K. Ackers
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You know that book I keep banging on about - my unpublished Young/New Adult Romance, One For the Road? I'm so excited to share the news that it's a shortlist finalist in the 2016 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction!

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I'm so incredibly proud to announce that I am a 2016 National Novel Writing Month winner! I wrote 50k in 28 days (two days ahead of schedule); mostly in my office, occasionally on the couch. There was even a stint in Bali.
Good luck to all the other participants ahead of the 30 November deadline, and a big thank you to everyone who put up with me and the many, many times I said, 'Just a few more words.'
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28/11/2016
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From November 1-30, I will be participating in the annual National Novel Writing Month, with the goal of writing 50k in 30 days. I love this activity and look forward to it every year, and I congratulate the NaNoWriMo not-for-profit organisation for creating a strong, crazy community for like-minded people around the world, and its investment in the "transformative power of creativity".
You can follow my progress on my website. This year I will be writing a contemporary romance tentatively titled Into the Fire - wish me luck!
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I'm incredibly excited to share my new cover with you. Midnight Mask - coming soon!
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"Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes."
An interesting twist on the stock-standard big questions, "What do you want to be/want to do/want to have". Asking ourselves what we're willing to suffer for cuts right through all our wishful thinking to the core of how to make our dreams a reality.
I'm willing to get up at 5:30am to write. I'm willing to give up evenings and weekends (and sanity), because my books won't write themselves. Read any author's story and I'm sure they'll say the same smile emoticon
What do you suffer for?

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In the spirit of a new year and looking back, I found myself reflecting on my current project today.

I've been working on One For the Road, my first young adult/new adult title, on and off for about three years.

I've written 276,690 words, have so far discarded approximately 120,000 of those, and am almost 40,000 words over my word count goal. I'm aiming to finish this manuscript this month and send it out into the world.

I have six chapters to go - four to edit, two to write. Twice I never wanted to see this manuscript again, but my stubbornness won out.

If you're a writer, you'll understand my need to get it right and get it done. If you're a reader and you come across this book one day, know I gave it everything I had, and then a little more I didn't know I could find in myself.

Writing can be easy. Some days you can look up from your computer and realise you've been so absorbed that you've missed two meals. Other days it's like this. You lean on the months or years you've already given a project, and you stagger forward - word by word.

Either way, I love this gig :)
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Limbo
Something that kept me busy during a lunch break when I was at loose ends.  

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The process of writing a book is a personal one. I've never met two writers whose processes are alike, but I have met enough to know that the above image would resonate with many. Our self-confidence fluctuates, our enthusiasm wilts then revives. It's a see...
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