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!

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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.