Well thirty days have passed and despite the last week being laid up in bed with the norovirus, I have stumbled over the line and completed Nanowrimo. It was a good job I was ahead of the word count before the bug hit, otherwise I would be writing about another Nanowrimo failure. I didn’t post anything at the outset as I was in two minds whether I would it again this year. I also didn’t want to herald another failure. At the last minute I decided to do it. Thankfully I did as I have now a draft completed.
At this moment I have a feeling of elation, tiredness, and weakness (as a result of the illness). The first draft stands at 50, 067 words, though a quick scan of the finished draft suggests that some of that will be cut from the final version.
The story arc is complete but I now need to give it a thorough edit. Given that it has been written at speed, my pages are awash with green and red squiggles that Word kindly uses to indicate the error of your ways.
This is a long way from being publishable which I am under no illusions at this part of the process. I see this as the something to edit stage. This is more than I had at the start of the month. Which I suppose is the point of the exercise with Nanowrimo.
Here’s to the editing process. Which I am assured is just as painful as sitting down to writing a novel.
A recent blog post mentioned Nanowrimo and how I had set myself the task of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.
Today is the halfway point and I should now be bragging about my achievements so far…Well the dog ate it, I left it on the bus… blah blah blah! excuses ad infinitum.
This year, like last year, I was probably a little presumptuous that the work situation would have calmed down by November. That has not been the case, if anything it has become increasingly busier. So with great reluctance I have decided to wave the white flag and give up. The novel that everyone supposedly has in them (so the cliché goes) will sadly have to wait for another year.
Though I have written 5,000 words for an academic paper in the last few days – though I doubt that will be able to count towards to the Nano word count.
Today is the first day of Nanowrimo and like last year I have tentatively signed up to it. For those that don’t know Nanowrimo is a novel writing challenge that sees you write a 50,000 novel in 30-days. Easier said than done? Well last year for me it was, as I struggled to make it over the 25,000 barrier. This year after much delaying and dithering, I have signed up to it again.
Tonight, if I was on course I should be signing off with a daily total of 1667 – so far I have done everything else other than what I was supposed to be doing. Already my idea, one that I have figuratively blown the dust off for this year, is looking like it may be discarded for something else!
It’s still not too late to join in the fun, you will no doubt catch up with my not be revealed paltry total so far. I can be found here on their site (I need to update this too).
If you are still undecided here’s an interesting article on why it is a good idea