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9 DAYS ‘TIL NANO

I said on the 4th October I was going to do/attempt NaNoWriMo for the first time.

It has come up on me fast. I’ve been trying to do more work for university on top of university. Also, I’ve been saying I’m going to go to the gym (I must point out that I’ve done a lot of saying, not a lot of going). Plus, I’ve got an exam as soon as the 31st October, and a couple in November. At £9,000 a year (plus £4k+ on accommodation), exams need to take priority, unfortunately. My course is bloody hard so I won’t be able to ‘wing’ it.

But I guess that is the point of NaNo, putting all that effort in despite everything else, writing every second you’re free for a month. If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing, and everyone would do it.

The goal in my head is still the obvious 50k, but I’d be content with about half of that. I’m 18 years old, I (hopefully) have a lot of years left to write this novel. But, I think that would be a solid base to build on, and that would be enough momentum to keep me cracking into December. I get three weeks off at Christmas, so hopefully I have the entire thing finished by the end of that. I’ve never set a word goal, but I guess 80-100k would be nice.

I’ve prepared more than I thought I would have over the last two and a half weeks, with a lot of chapters planned out, more names created and more work done on my map. But, bloody names are still the bane of my life. On the plus side however, 60% of my POV characters have names. They’ll be the ones I crack on with in NaNo.

I’ll be trying hard to do more preparation over the coming weeks, and hopefully everyone can smash NaNoWriMo.

Have a good week everyone x.

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Writing Update + October Plan

I still haven’t got much writing done.

I have plenty of alone time (I’ve only been in lectures for about 6 hours in the last 10 days), yet I still manage to avoid doing anything productive.

However, NaNoWriMo is next month I do believe, so my goal for October is to have a relatively detailed plan of every chapter I envisage being in the novel.

Then, when November starts, I can blitz it! I can just write and write and write as I’ll know what I’m writing.

I keep finding wholes in my plot, and I’m still trying to flesh out the world. Names are needed, more names are needed, and maybe some more names. Also, just deciding on some names. You probably get the picture at this point.

The problem has risen due to me knowing how it ends (before the planned sequel… Like that’ll happen). However, I don’t know how I’ll meet that ending. So perhaps the ending I’ve envisaged needs to change. A shame, it’d have looked good as a Hollywood blockbuster.

I will keep you updated. I might have a EUREKA!!! moment and write 80,000 words in the next two weeks. We’ll see.

Why I Want To Write A Novel.

Hello again, fancy seeing you here.

People who follow me will know that I’m making slow progress writing my first novel, like now for example. My pen and paper are next to me, but I’m writing this post instead. If I could have wrote as many words on my book as I have on my blog I’d be flying and delighted, but the words seem to flow easier when I’m blogging. No idea why, it just does.

I haven’t told many people that I am writing a novel, I’m not sure why, I just haven’t felt the need to. I think it might be because I have this image in my head of nobody knowing about it, and then having me sitting on a chat show on TV talking about my bestseller and previewing the movie of my novel. I think that’d shock a few people from school…

I was with a friend for the first time in the school holidays and he asked me what I’d been up to. I said, “TV, homework, playstation, writing…” He cut me off. “Why are you doing that [writing]?” he replied.

I didn’t really tell him, I didn’t know what to say, but now I’m going to tell you.

  1. One day, whilst going through my favourite things in real world history (The Romans and Hannibal Barca, Joan of Arc, English and Scottish History) and learning about new interesting things (Custer’s last stand, unknown religions to me, etc.) a story just came to me in my head. I wrote down what I was thinking, of how many main characters there would be, a map started to form in my head, and I was excited by it. I knew I had to write it down. My favourite books and some of my favourite films/TV shows are fantasy fiction, so I’d be writing something I would enjoy aswell. And I was that excited, I just wanted to tell people.
  2. Since then it has been a struggle. The map has gone very well, but I’ve struggled with names, and the naming issue has held me back to now. This adversity (I like that word…) has motivated me in a different way to point number one, I now want to prove to myself that I can do it. I rarely stick anything through to the end with maximum effort, so I want to do this to build my character, and to give myself and hopefully my family something to be proud of.
  3. If I do finish it, which I of course will *gulp*, I will just love the feeling of seeing my book on a shelf, and being proud I accomplished it.

I’m not writing this book now for money, I’m writing it for a sense of achievement in myself. Then it will be to perhaps entertain people I’ve never met for a few days. The money doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think I could be a full time writer, I don’t really know why, but I want to have a career in the degree I will be pursuing from September (Sport Science). If it gets me a couple of quid a week for some pocket money, that would be great.

Obviously deep down I want my novel to be the greatest book ever written, most sold and most read, making me rich enough to never do anything again, all the luxuries possible, knowing my children and my children’s children will be financially secure and be able to have many luxuries.

But I’m more than content at being proud of myself.

That is why I am going to finish this novel my friends, to say I, Alex Wells, did it all by myself.

Thanks for reading.