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NaNoWriMo Update #1

It has been slow going so far. I was so excited to get going, had it all in my head, but the second pen met paper, the words just wouldn’t flow.

I seem to have lost the ability to start a sentence with anything other than a name or a pronoun. It is disappointing for sure.

I am a country mile behind where I need to be to meet the target. I can’t believe we’re a week in already.

I’ve switched from pen and paper to computer, for the first time, and I think I’m going to stick to it.

I’m going to have some tea, and then I will be cracking on. Hopefully I can get two chapters done by bed time. My chapters are extremely short. Most people, upon editing, shorten their paragraphs. I aim to double the length of mine. I use few descriptions of the setting, so I’m adding bits in where relevant.

I’m not in uni for three days, and I have no plans, so I should get quite a lot done.

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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.