Friday, 2 November 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018

November is here which means a couple of things actually... My days of being 27 are coming to an end this month. Vala's birthday is also 10 days after my mine. But also... NaNoWriMo has officially started!

That's right, at 12:01am yesterday NaNoWriMo officially started and I made sure I hit the ground running. I was sitting at my pc the minute NaNo commenced and I put my fingers to my keyboard and typed out an amazing 1,280 in the space of an hour before calling it for the night. During the day I had to focus solely on the kids but when Flynn was napping and Vala was watching tv while eating lunch, I saw an opportunity and got my word count up to 3,685! But I wasn't done there; at 23:59pm my total word count was 4,226 words by the end of day one. I've not started writing yet today but I'm setting myself a target of 7,000 words by the end of day two.

Of course I have it easier than a lot of other NaNoers because I am not starting my novel from scratch. Most people start NaNo with a blank page/screen and nothing more than an idea in their head. Not me though. I've declared myself a NaNo Rebel. NaNo Rebels are people who are writing anything but a new novel. Mine technically is an old novel since I've been working on it for nearly two years. But I have started it again. I never finished my first draft so I'm not calling this one, draft two but instead draft 1.5. I'm rewriting the entire thing, making big changes as I go. The new first chapter is already substantially different to draft one's first chapter and it's not even finished yet!

I've been looking forward to NaNoWriMo for more than 6 months now and I am determined to not only reach 50,000 words, but to smash that target and go beyond it.

Wish me luck!
Until next time,
Alli xo


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