For those of you who don’t know, November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known is a global event where crazy writers such as myself, commit to the goal of writing 50,000 words on a project they are working on, usually fiction. I say crazy because to actually reach the 50k goal is no mean feat. It requires a minimum of 1,667 words for the 30 days of November and although that doesn’t sound like a lot, when you sit down and attempt to write that many words each day you realise it is so much harder than it sounds.
I’ve been writing again. The ever-amazing Anna Spargo-Ryan has kicked my butt into gear via our NaNoWriMo writing group on Facebook, inviting us to be accountable to each other and aim for 500 words a day for each day in June. It’s worked.
I find I need accountability, not only for the pats on the back but for the support when something doesn’t quite go to plan. Having a deadline gives me a goal, forces me to put on my blinkers and focus. I’ve always been the same. Something to do with my inner control-freak combined with my obsessive compulsive nature I guess.
You certainly don’t need a lot to be a writer. A creative mind, stories to tell and a laptop is really all that is required. However, there are a few tools that can help in making the process a little easier. Here are a few of my favourites. Scrivener I was introduced to Scrivener … Read more
Today was a good day. I had some unexpected writing time so I sat down with my laptop and began tinkling away on my novel. I’m currently working on the novel I started during NaNoWriMo. Although I would love to have more words down than I do, I am actually quite happy with my progress. … Read more
I really love this quote. Because it is so god damn true isn’t it? How many times have you been asked or even asked yourself what is your ‘dream job’? You may reel off things like an author, a chocolate taster, or personal hands-on stylist to Jon Bon Jovi (or that may just be me), … Read more
Ever heard that expression ‘when life throws you a curve ball’? Well, I’m taking that to a whole new level. During NaNoWriMo in November I began a new novel. You can read about how well (or not so well) I did with my NaNo efforts here, and although I didn’t get to the much … Read more
Better late than never they say, so here I am. Yes NaNo is over (eight days over in fact) and I did cross the finish line, but not in style as I had hoped. It was more of a limp, crawl at best. I didn’t reach the 50,ooo word mark, in fact I only have … Read more
Day nine of NaNoWriMo is slowly slipping by. If you want to wish away a month I suggest taking on a challenge like this. It only feels like yesterday that I sat down at the computer cursor flashing and waiting for me fill the page with the story in my head. Now as I sit … Read more
Today marks the end of day two of National Novel Writing Month, the 50,000 words/30 day challenge that I’m undertaking for the first time. I’m fairly happy with my progress so far managing to stay on schedule with the required daily word target. I have been writing early in the morning and catching five and … Read more
Tomorrow is D-Day. NaNoWriMo begins. The 30 day challenge to write 50,000 words,. That’s 1, 667 words per day people. Am I ready? Well, I guess I am ready as I’ll ever be. I have a great support group on Twitter. We even have our own hashtag (haven’t you always wanted your own hashtag?) … Read more