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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.

NaNoWriMo

I’ve decided that I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a go.

I’ll be working on the novel I’ve already been working on, which has about three completed chapters written. However, after much procrastination, I realise they will need complete re-writes, so I’m effectively starting from scratch.

Over the next month, I’m going to work hard on chapter outlines, names and world building so that I can write at the speed of light come November.

The goal is to write 50,000 words, which won’t be the full novel. Although it won’t be a finished novel, probably about half of a novel, I think we can all agree 50,000 words would be significant progress from three about to be scrapped chapters.

The goal I have in my head for my finished novel is 80,000 – 100,000  words, which I think is a good length – not too long, not too short.

If I make huge progress this month and a writing fever sets in, I may cheat and start writing before November 1st. But even if I did that, I would still aim to write 50,000 words in November.

It’s an exciting prospect, I feel like a five year old on a friday at school at 3:30pm.

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