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Tuesday, 1 December 2015


I did it! 

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Yes, I'm as surprised as you are. 

After attempting this novel on and off for the best part of three years now, I finally knuckled down, signed myself up to NaNoWriMo (courtesy of Bex) and actually wrote properly.

Not just fleetingly (although there was a week somewhere in the middle where I barely wrote at all and totally miscalculated how many words I had left), but properly. I sat down, I typed most nights with a plan in my head and I actually got somewhere.

Although 50,000 words may not seem much - it's certainly not enough to pass as a complete novel (which is a good thing because I'm nowhere near finished yet), it's something. And it's something to be proud of.

So how did NaNoWriMo help?

Well, by setting myself the challenge of writing 50,000 words by the end of November, I actually sat down and wrote them. I know that's an obvious response since duh, that's the point, but it helped push me and challenge me to get the words out of my head and onto paper (or rather word document).

There were without a doubt times when I sat there with writers block, not knowing where I wanted the story to go next. And I don't know if this is just me or not, but when I wrote, I didn't think about it, I kind of just...went with the flow and let the ideas come out without a second thought. I suppose I was writing aimlessly, but what I did write I actually liked. 

And I ended up kind of surprised in the end too. I hadn't realized I wanted my novel to go that way, but apparently deep down I did.

It also helped me figure out the middle so to speak. I had my beginning down since I first thought of the idea and I have a general idea of how I want it to end but getting from A to B seemed near impossible before I began this project.

They say the middle is usually the hardest part because it's connecting the beginning to the end but it's not easy to do so without the writing becoming too boring. And I felt it really helped me connect to my end, to set those trails rather early on that would eventually lead to the end of the story.

Finally, it made me look at my novel more professionally. Obviously, I want to get it published. Obviously, I've got a sound track ready for when it gets made into a movie (haha) and a general idea of who I want to cast (wishful thinking anyone?!). But I hadn't yet sat down and wrote it.

NaNoWriMo helped me get off my arse and do the most important part of writing a story - actually writing it.

And for those of you who want to know, it's a zombie/chick lit book (two genre's I've never seen mixed before) about two people who fall in love in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It might not sound original but I personally have never seen it done before.

And that's all I'm saying on the subject because I'm very paranoid someone will steal my idea.

And it's a working title too, obviously.


I didn't actually use many of the resources the website offer, probably because I simply didn't have time, but I have no doubt that these were super helpful to most people. I suppose I just wanted to keep it simple - I didn't want to plan, I didn't want to sit and create back stories for my characters (although that'll likely be the next step), I just wanted to sit down and write.

And that was enough for me.

Have you ever done NaNoWriMo before? What is your opinion on it - does it help or hinder budding writers? Let me know with a comment!

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  1. Well done you. You should feel very proud of yourself. Tx

  2. Wow! What a commitment! I'd love to imagine I could have a bach at writing something one day and good to know there are support resources like theses out there! Good luck, look forward to hearing where this goes :) x

    1. You should take the plunge and go for it! The best bet is no one really reads your writing as such (you can jamble it all up when you submit it to make sure you've hit the word count) so it takes the pressure off a little :) x


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