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A WriMo Update

I had forgotten how much I love taking part in NaNoWriMo. This once a year feat where you and countless other strangers are united in reaching that one all important target of 50,000 words and have the workings of a novel at the end of it. It’s amazing. Seeing other people’s successes makes me want to try even harder to get to my own goal. Last year, as I mentioned in a previous post I didn’t take part, and I think that has made me appreciate it all the more this year.

I now have the vague workings of a plot; haunted hospital, psychic girl, weird stuff going on. It hasn’t moved along in a pace that I would have liked; my original plan had a different overlay in telling the story – but that’s okay. It’s all about where the characters take you, you can’t force them to be something that they are not.

Something that does concern me about my novel though is that at the moment it all feels very one dimensional. The characters, the plot. But I think this is caused more because I haven’t planned things out. I didn’t know what I was going to write about until November 1st. This is the joy of writing a first draft though. You can see what works and what doesn’t and the joy of not planning a novel also means that you don’t necessarily know how it’s going to end.

I am pleased with my progress so far. It’s only day four, which means the target is 666,7. I have spent last few hours working on my novel, and have breached the 10,000 word barrier. For me this is usually the first hurdle. Working towards double figures sometimes feels like a never ending uphill struggle, but once you hit that target it feels like that first weight is lifted and that you have made progress. The same comparison can be made when knitting; those first few rows feel like it will take forever to make progress, but suddenly you’re there and you know that it is going well.

So I have a fifth of my novel complete. My boyfriend suggested that I aim for 100k but one of the reasons that I have surged ahead and used my time effectively today is because the next week or so are going to be really busy and I’m not sure how much time I will be able to spend writing. I plan to make the time available but work will typically get in the way, no matter how hard I try.

I finished reading my book a couple of days ago as well, so a blog about that will be on its way shortly. And I’ve nearly finished my current knitting project so a blog about that will be on its way as well, then the rest of the time will be dedicated to writing as much as possible.

That’s all for now folks,