My Writing

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 11

I’ve been trying to write for NaNoWriMo this morning. I’ve churned out 501 words according to Scrivener, although I think they are probably the worst  of my 21,000 so far. So I thought I’d write this blog post instead.

21,000 words! Yes, somehow, over the past 10 days (plus the 40 minutes I’ve spent this morning) I have cobbled together nearly half of what I need for my novel, and I still have 20 days to go. I’m starting to think I can actually pull this off.

I have actually found myself settled with a pretty good writing routine. Every morning I’ve been getting up an hour earlier than I need to and splurging around 700-900 words. This gets me well on the road towards meeting my daily word target of 1667 before I even leave for work. I then aim for around 1000 when I get back, and so far, this has meant that apart from one day last week, I have exceeded my daily target on each day AND I have time to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. At the weekends I am aiming to add as many words as possible. I’m getting words in the bank, should I have whole days that go like this morning where the creativity just doesn’t happen.

My story is turning into a strange beast. I like it, and don’t like it at the same time. I’m writing about Christmas, yet I don’t feel at all Christmassy so far this year; a dull, wet start to November has not brought the feel of winter that I thought it might. I know how the book is going to end, and am excited about getting there, but I know that the third quarter is where things are going to have to ramp up significantly and I don’t really have a plan for that yet. I’m hoping it will just sort of happen as I write – this seems to have worked for most of the book so far to help build up to this point.

Overall, it is turning into a good experience, and one I’m pleased I’ve taken part in. I am even more determined than when I started that I will finish it this month. And after that, I will attempt to stick to the routine (although maybe allowing myself a few days with a bit of extra sleep…).

So, I continue to not really do anything else. My desk and living room are seeing a lot of me at the moment. They’re probably sick of my story. But if you’re interested in the tale of a child who is given the power to speak to animals, flies around on a reindeer, meets Father Christmas, travels to Ice Palaces and meets Kings and Princes and people in need, eats lots of Christmassy food and ultimately has to save Christmas from evil people trying to destroy it for good… let me know and follow me on Twitter!

(Image: Reindeer sleigh ride Kuusamo Lapland –  CC BY 2.0

Chris Phethean is a writer and blogger. He is working on a range of sci-fi, fantasy and adventure stories, and dreams of writing interactive narratives for video games. Find him on and Twitter.


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