It’s day 12 of the marathon writing month, NanoWriMo. NanoWriMo is a competition where novelists compete with themselves to complete 50,000 words in one month. Some crazies try for a greater word count – 100,000 words in a month, some just want a deadline to help further their work in progress. Anything is valid as the battle is with yourself but whatever the goal for the month, it is a wonderful exercise in discipline.
I’ve only participated in NanoWriMo once before, in 2012 when I needed a burst of creativity to steer me away from an old project and kick start a new novel. The years after have always found me just finishing a novel and creatively pooped.
This year, I couldn’t resist rolling my sleeves up and getting stuck in. In comparison to when I took part previously, this time I’m finding it more difficult, partly because I am more cautious about my writing, more demanding of myself, even in a first draft. I don’t let it restrict my creativity but I have tighter control over my ideas and how I am developing characters. I am also writing in quite a challenging perspective, so this is pushing me technically. I’m about to hit the 20,000 word mark. Only 30,000 to go to ‘win’ at NanoWriMo, which although won’t take me to the end of my plot will give me a very strong foundation from which to build the rest of my story.
Are you trying your hand at NanoWriMo this year? If so, why not leave a comment and let me know how it’s going.
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