So for the last thirty days(ish) I’ve been taking part in the glorious NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. It was hard in some parts but I managed to come up with a system. That system was to write 500 words at a time and take twenty minute breaks in between. It makes writing 2000 words a day seem a lot easier. The results of using said system were……
I completed 50,000 words in one month and bought a t-shirt to celebrate!
Now, I got a bit giddy upon seeing the ‘Winner’ title above my name and that’s why I bought the t-shirt but I don’t think it’s too geeky. Well, if it is I’m not bothered anyway. I’m proud of what I’ve done but I just hope an American size medium t-shirt fits me.
The novel is still a few chapters of the end and I’ll be posting some of it at some point. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, I suggest you sign up for NaNoWriMo 2013. We won’t regret it.
Sorry I’ve not been updating my blog recently but I’ve been busy with this NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) thingy that I’ve not had time. Well, I probably have had time but I’ve just been so sick of looking at a PC screen I’ve wanted to do something else.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying NaNoWriMo immensely and have now written 33,610 words of the 50,000 word total. I have to say I’ve never been so happy with my own writing or what I’ve been able to accomplish.
What’s the novel about john? I hear you ask. Very good question. It’s about a world in which all the really bad crimes (rape, murder, child kidnapping etc) are not done by humans they ate done by demons who frame the humans for it for their own ends. To stop this, the world has demon hunters or ‘searchers’ who search out the demons and kill them. The demons have so far always worked alone but what would happen if they all banded together against the searchers? Can the searchers stop them from taking over the world?
That was how the story started in my head and has pretty much gone like that so far. I’m very happy with it and will share some of it with you once it’s finished.
The word count goal of 50,000 in one month is something different and challenging. Though it does give you focus. I managed to get 6000 words written in a day this past Saturday which I’ve never done before. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if not for NaNoWriMo. If you ever consider writing a novel in future, you should definitely consider this challenge.
Right I’m off to bed. Later
Following on from my last post, I’ve completed the secondary heroine’s point of view chapter of the book I’m working on. It was hard but I have to admit I enjoyed every minute of it.
Having already written one chapter from another point of view covering the key event in the story so far, I had something to refer back to when starting the next chapter. The next chapter and view point being from the main heroine’s point of view. One of the things I thought would scupper me was the dialogue I had to use. The main heroine is within earshot of the secondary heroine so she can hear what the main has said. But not all of it. I had to balance what she hears and what she says along with making sure the chapter flows well enough. And on top of this I had to get across the characters feelings about the whole thing. I think I managed it but I’ll go back to it at a later date.
I’ve now started the next chapter which is from the point of view of the main villain of the piece. This has started easily enough as he reacts to a lot of what the other characters in the room are saying. This means I can just copy and paste a lot of dialogue I’ve already written. Though I have to try and make sure his feelings are getting across as well using the voice in his head (not a demented one but the one we all have).
All this is challenging stuff, which I have enjoyed immensely. I’ve also decided, in the heat of loving a writing challenge and deciding to quit drinking for the month of November and needing something to occupy me, to attempt NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month). This involves writing the first complete draft of a novel in one month.
One chuffing month!! Can I do it I wonder? I’ve signed up to the website now so hopefully. But I have got a lot of ideas I’d like to change into full blown stories so here’s hoping.
Ok, that’s it from me. All comments welcome.