NaNoWriMo- 4 days to go

With less than a week until NaNoWriMo begins, the panic has started to creep in. I’ve never done anything like this, normally my writing just happens when I’m inspired, so writing projects take a long time to complete and usually lose their way in the middle.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo I’ve been pushing myself to write more on my Hunters Ridge novel (which I will take a break from completely across November). In the three weeks since I decided to write as much as I could as a warm up, I’ve managed 20,000 words. But I’ve discovered an issue which I need to resolve for my NaNoWriMo writing. I do most of my writing by hand in a notebook whilst sat on a train. That gives me about an hour an a half of solid writing time with no interruptions each day. Problem is, I then have to type it all up, which, although giving me a chance to have a second pass and improve my writing, wastes time when I could be writing new words. I’m currently debating whether to try and type up everything at the end of the day, or have a set portion of my weekends (when I expect to achieve my biggest word counts) set aside just for typing up. I don’t want to get to the end of NaNoWriMo with 50,000 hand written words, because I will never write it up.

If you are also taking part in NaNoWriMo and want to add me as a buddy on NaNoWriMo.org my username is Jennifercw26

I’ll see you at the start line in just 4 days.

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The NaNoWriMo challenge

For years I have heard about NaNoWriMo – a month to write a 50,000 word novel. I have always been intrigued by the idea of it, by having to force yourself to sit down and write because there is an actual deadline to make an achievement by. Normally, I forget all about it until half way through November, by which point I decide there’s no point starting late.

But not this year. A few weeks ago, during one of my regular ‘I must think of some new ideas to keep my brain in shape’ sessions, I came up with the idea for a novel and I was really excited by it.

Instead of doing my usual; rushing into writing, quickly growing frustrated and giving up before the novel has even begun, I decided to hold on to it and save it for November. Safe to say, I am looking for to November 1st. However, there’s a lot to be done before then.

I don’t like writing without a rough plan. I won’t allow myself to write any words of the actual novel before the start date, but I need to plan out characters, a rough plot line and the core events, otherwise I know my writing will turn a scrambled jumble of junk.

With just over three weeks to go, my preparations have begun. I’ve join NaNaWriMo.org (Username: JenniferCW26 if you’ve also signed up and want to find me), created my novel and I’m ready to go. I’ll be sharing updates on my progress as I go. Here’s hoping by November 30th I’m celebrating hitting 50,000, not still staring at a blank piece of paper!

My NaNoWriMo Novel

NDA – After a whirlwind night of drinks, dancing and daring moves, Ellie wakes up in the bed of a stranger. A rich, attractive, very famous stranger.

But when Ellie discovers her celebrity one night stand is going to have a much longer lasting effect on her life, she is thrown into a world of secrecy and lies, and forced to sign away all rights to the truth through a legally binding NDA.

Ellie’s realises path to motherhood isn’t going to be easy.