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November 10, 2010

NaNoWriMo – 10 days in

Filed under: Writing — Tags: , , , — PD Martin @ 10:42 am

This year I decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. If you haven’t heard of this before, basically the idea is to write a novel (well, 50,000 words) in the month of November.

Of course, most crime fiction novels come in at around 100,000 words, but still, 50,000 words in one month is an impressive achievement and obviously half a novel in a month is mighty fine too!

It’s the first time I’ve ever done it, although last year I saw lots of status updates on Facebook about it and decided I was too late to sign up. This year, despite knowing the first five days of November were out for me, I decided to give it a go. Especially given the first book in my new series could do with the major kick start of 50,000 words!

So far, I’m not exactly prolific — 10 days in I’ve written just over 5,000 words of the new novel, giving me a total of over 41,000 words for Hit and Run (working title). Still, it’s nice to know that there are lots of other people sitting at their computers tapping away.

And I guess that’s the point of NaNoWriMo – to bring together writers around the world to inspire us all to dedicate time and space to our writing, even if only for one month.

I’ll let you know how I go at the end of November!

Comments (2)


  1. Hi Phillipa, Good on you. That’s amazing that you are going to write 50,000 words in a month. Are you going to publish this or will we be able to read it on the internet?
    What a good idea it is to bring the writers together from all over the world for this occasion.
    Fantastic work Phillipa!

    Comment by Monica Subai — November 16, 2010 @ 12:19 am

  2. Well, hopefully I’ll write 50,000 words this month – that’s the aim at least! I think Coming Home will be a once-off. I haven’t pitched the book to my publishers yet, but I will be soon :)

    Comment by PD Martin — November 16, 2010 @ 11:01 am

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