NaNoWriMo Winner

I finally did it. With a final push this morning, I wrote the ending of my book, which panned out almost exactly as I had planned, and achieved the 50,000 word target of NaNoWriMo! I can’t quite believe I actually did it!

Keep an eye out on my blog, you might just be treated to a few snippets from my newly finished novel ‘NDA’ in the coming weeks.

NaNo-2017-Winner-Certificate

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Last push to 50,000

I have less than 8,000 words to go before I reach the NaNoWriMo target of 50,000 words, but only 7 days to go! And I’m working most of those days. At the start of the month I really didn’t think I would come close to achieving this goal. I expected to lose interest, or be overwhelmed by work, and eventually give up, as so often happens. But now the finish line is in touching distance, I am determined to succeed. I know how my novel ends, I have it all planned. I just need to get the words down on paper (or, more accurately, computer).

But there’s one thing that I know could throw me off track. I have started re-writing. I reached a point last week where I realised I had written myself into a hole and without a redraft I wasn’t going to be able to end the novel the way I wanted. So I gave in and rewrote an entire chapter (and thank God I did, the new version is much better). However, that one re-write opened the flood gates and now I am seeing all the places I could add new things and make improvements. I’m telling myself to avoid it, to resist all urges. I’m struggling to listen to my own advice.

I know I must get to the end before I go back and start again. I have two weeks in December perfectly reserved for re-writing. I need to step away from the story before I start again. I have 8000 words to write. Yet my brain keeps thinking “wouldn’t it be great if…” whilst my phone is growing ever more full of notes and my characters are telling me they want to be more rounded people.

Must… resist.

Bring on a weekend of writing (Can I reach the end by this Sunday? Time will tell).

Accepting the terrible writing

I’ve been struggling the last few days. I’ve finally hit the chapters in my NaNoWriMo book that are the hardest to write, the chapters that develop the characters rather than having big plot moments. Normally, when writing other projects, I would allow these sort of chapters to make me pause, I would let writers block sink in, frustrated with the struggle to write decent chapters. But this time, I forced myself to keep writing. I accepted that the writing would be terrible, obvious, predictable passages. Writing that, when re-writing, would be heavily edited. That’s okay. That’s what I’ve come to accept. Writing doesn’t have to be perfect from the starting. Everything is a work in progress and I can’t let some tough chapters stop me from moving forward.

11 days of NaNoWriMo remain. I have 9 chapters and 10,367 words left to go. Must. Keep. Writing

Reaching halfway…

Yesterday marked the halfway point of NaNoWriMo and I’m pleased to say I am just about staying on track. I hit 26,000 words on Sunday.

However, the last few days have probably been my worst in November. My work/life  balance has gone haywire whilst I’ve been trying to work across two time zones with a five hour time difference. This has left me with limited free time to type up my handwritten words or update my word count on NaNoWriMo.org

However I have tried my hardest to stay motivated and on track during this time and now I have a half filled notebooked with around four chapters of my novel which I have yet to type up, have no idea how many words it is. Tonight, my challenge is to get everything updated and see where I stand at the halfway point. That is, if I ever get out of work…

My slightly shameful addiction

With NaNoWriMo underway, I feel it’s time to come clean about my deep dark addiction.

I…am addicted… to notepads.

My whole house is littered with them, all various shapes and makes and sizes, each with odds and sods written in them. All stuffed in random cupboard and under my coffee table. Every time I see a new notepad, I get an overwhelming urge to buy it. And I never throw any away, even if they’re full, because what if one day I need the random idea I jotted down in that notepad (this has yet to ever actually occur).

I’ve written 10,000 words of my NaNoWriMo novel so far and almost all of it has been done by hand in a notepad which lives in my handbag for train journeys. Whilst it means I’m getting lots of words done in the hour and a half solid writing time I have each day, it also means I’m spending almost two hours typing a night. I could take my laptop on the train, but writing directly into my computer just doesn’t have the same satisfaction as scrawling across page after page of a pad.

Until next week, Happy Writing!