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Nov 11


This year I’m taking part in the annual NaNoWriMo, a one-month intensive writing stint. The aim of NaNoWriMo is to write ‘a novel’ in the month of November. Now, the actual aim is to write 50,000 words, which is more like half a novel in many genres. But still, even half a novel in a month is pretty damn good.

And it’s somehow comforting to know that writers all over the world are putting their daily lives on hold for this month. We’re all at our computers, making the extra effort to:

  1. Write, even if we’re tired or don’t feel like it.
  2. Turn off the internal editor/critic and focus more on getting something on the page (becauseĀ for most writers it’s easier to edit something into the shape you want, rather than start with a blank page).

So far I’m doing pretty well. I already had a new book well under way when November hit, although I’d been struggling to dedicate the time I’d like to the manuscript. It’s also something totally new, something totally different. More mainstream drama/fiction than anything else. It’s certainly NOT crime and it’s not Sophie.

Anyway, I’m 11 days in to NaNoWriMo and I’ve written just over 11,000 words. So I do need to get moving. Mind you, most of those 11,000 words were written over just 3 days, because my schedule has been tight, as usual.

I’ll post another news item when I’m finished NaNoWriMo and hopefully finished my new book!