A Tale of Two WriMos: NaNoWriMo2016 and the Inner Struggle

A Tale of Two WriMos: NaNoWriMo2016 and the Inner Struggle

Like the sequel to some kind of action adventure book, I find myself undertaking a new NaNoWriMo journey this year, only this time for NaNoWriMo2016, the stakes are higher, the tiredness is greater and the days are passing away faster than ever before. Will I make it to the word count in time? This sequel does have a happy beginning. Following on from the joyous climax to last year's instalment, I have self-published my first novel, The Magic of Christmas, and the sales and downloads on Amazon are encouraging and incredibly supporting to my own confidence as a writer. I still cannot really believe that on a bunch of people's Kindles sits a book written by me. A book that was largely written in a month. If you're still in doubt about what NaNoWriMo can bring, then I feel this is a perfect example. Before NaNo 2015, I viewed myself as an aspiring writer. Now, having had a novel completed for the best part of a year,...
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The Magic of Christmas eBook – on sale now!

The Magic of Christmas eBook – on sale now!

It's here! The Magic of Christmas eBook - my debut novel -  is available to download from the Amazon Kindle store! Nearly a year after I began work on it for NaNoWriMo2015, and just days before I start the 2016 competition, I have got the book onto Amazon in time for Christmas! It has been a long process, one that has been incredibly fun, stressful, nervous, exciting, strengthening, inspiring and, at times, completely demoralising. But within that array of mixed adjectives, it is the positive ones that now are shining through. The long, dark nights of writing last November are a distant memory (although sure to be revisited soon as I enter NaNo spirit once more). The thoughts of 'why am I bothering with this?' have been pushed to the back of my head. The feeling of dissatisfaction with having a completed but hidden-to-the-world manuscript were banished in a click of the 'publish' button on Amazon. Now there is a copy of The Magic...
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8 Tips For a Successful NaNoWriMo

8 Tips For a Successful NaNoWriMo

As NaNoWriMo is now less than a month away (!), I have been thinking back to how I approached the challenge last year. I hope that by doing so I can replicate my routine and the resulting success that it brought. Last time out, I made a few blog posts along the way about what I did, detailing writing routines and the mindset that I followed, but this article will group everything and more into one place. I do not claim to be an expert at NaNo, but these things helped for me last year, and 1/1 is a 100% record, however small it may be. My 8 tips for a successful NaNoWriMo  1.   Decide on your idea early. I think I settled on the idea that I would write a Christmas book around the end of August last year. A very basic plot outline came to my mind, and I knew what I wanted the feel of the book to be. This...
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Thinking of NaNoWriMo 2016: Choosing a Story

As November approaches, I find myself thinking more and more about NaNoWriMo and what I will spend the month working on. Last year, my first attempt at the challenge went really well. In a way, I think it went too well. I am sure that this time around the rigid regime that I stuck to a year ago will falter, crack and fall apart, destroying my momentum and leaving me wondering how I ever managed it at the first attempt. I find myself feeling more nervous about it this time than I did initially. Last year The book I chose to write last year was one that I did not have much investment in to begin with. I came up with the idea for NaNoWriMo, as a story to write within the constraints of the challenge. It had one key idea, one plot, one main character and one point of view. I knew how I wanted it to end, and I knew...
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The Magic Of Christmas: First Draft Completed

The Magic Of Christmas: First Draft Completed

I did it! At the beginning of November, I set out to complete NaNoWriMo. Write 50,000 words in a month. Complete a first draft of a novel. Easy? Not quite. But I quickly found myself in a routine, and the ideas generally kept flowing. I wrote and I wrote, morning and evening, in bed at times, on trains at others. I had a plan, and I stuck to it. Possibly the most pleasing thing about this all is the following image: I was always ahead of schedule. I wrote every single day. Only two days in the month did I update my word count having achieved under 1667 words. (1667 was the average per day that I needed to get to 50K on time.) In doing this, I've realised that I can write an entire novel. Even with a very vague plan. It is not so impossibly daunting that I will hide away from it. My other ideas suddenly seem feasible again, when, to be honest, a...
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