Are you NaNoWriMo-ing?

Are you? Well, are you? Of course, if you’ve not heard of NaNoWriMo, then there’s a fairly high possibility that you think I might be talking about some new trendy form of high-rise city slicker drug parties, or perhaps a new type of technical hackery that’s gradually taking over the interwebs when we’re not watching. But no, this would be the yearly foray into writing a shedload of words in not a lot of time and generally doing ALL OF THE WRITING YOU POSSIBLY CAN. I did it last year, and it was great fun, and I was massively knackered…

Stumbling over the Nanowrimo finish line, and what I learnt along the way

So November happened, and for the first time I decided to get on the crazy word train that is Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month. And I only went and bloody did it. I mean, I hit the 50k target for the month – I can’t really say it’s a novel, it still needing around 20/30k words to finish it off. But anyway – HUZZAH – release the party poppers, the champagne corks and the dogs with novelty party hats. But it was hard. Harder, even, than I’d expected. And as I hit the last week around 5k behind, I wasn’t…

Nanowrimo week 1 achievement unlocked

One week of Nanowrimo down and I’m still here. Not only am I still here, but I’m still writing and I even goddamn hit the target wordcount. *balloons, whistles, wine, sleep* And, I think, that some of the words might even be in the right order. Huzzah, I have survived! (so far) And to mark the occasion, before diving into the next three weeks, it seems like an appropriate time to list my most prevalent nano-thoughts so far: This is great, new characters, new stories, new adventures, I-can’t-stop-the-words-are-just-pouring-out-this-is-the-best-thing-ever-oh-do-I-have-to-sleep-now-really-zzzz I am seriously tired. Perhaps I could have the night off? At…

The dawning realisation that Nanowrimo is about to start

Today I’ve played the harmonica.   I’ve annoyed the cat. I’ve drunk copious amounts of coffee. I’ve cleaned the kitchen. I’ve put the bins out. I’ve even watched an episode of the Apprentice. And now I can’t ignore the fact that Nanowrimo starts tomorrow. Or at midnight tonight if we’re being precise. And this year I’m going to attempt to join in. Which means, all being well, that November is going to be taken up with a WHOLE LOT OF WORD SPLURGING. And by WHOLE LOT OF WORDS I’m talking about 50,000 in one month. And not just any month,…