So I’ve signed up to do NaNoWriMo again; I must be a real sucker for punishment, eh?
For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a month long writing challenge. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Obviously what you end up with isn’t a fully formed, beautifully crafted novel ready for public consumption but it is something that can be tweaked and edited over the following months.
I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo before but so far I’ve only got as far as 21,000 words before the poor thing died on me! This year I have an idea that I want to write about so that’s a minor win – last year I had no real idea, started writing and ran out of steam after 3 days! I’m not too much of a planner with my writing, preferring to write by the seat of my pants (pantser in NaNoWriMo speak) but I’m getting a bit stressed as my characters don’t have names yet. I’ve tried various combinations but nothing I’m happy with yet. At this rate they’ll be called A, B and C!
I hope that this will be the year when I get 50,000 words down and have something I’m moderately happy with, something I can share and improve. Maybe even – whisper this bit – something I can think about publishing.
So wish me luck, put the kettle on and look out for anguished tweets about NaNoWriMo burnout!