Let’s do this

November’s here, and that can only mean one thing.

Well, two, technically. The first is that I really need to start thinking about my Christmas shopping.

The second is that I have to write a novel.

NaNoWriMo started at midnight on November 1st. For anyone who missed my previous post, this is the National Novel Writing Month, when you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November.

Naturally, me being me, I wasn’t satisfied with 50,000 words, because short books annoy me a bit. And because I don’t want to write half a book and then lose my motivation and possibly end up having to wait till next November to finish it.

So I’ve decided to try and write 100,000 words. As you do. Which means I have to write an average of 3,333 words each day.

Unfortunately, I was away this weekend, so I decided to make a start at midnight. After sitting around twiddling my thumbs all evening, I was poised and ready to go at twelve on the dot. Two and a half hours later, I had my first 3,333 words (well, 3,336 actually, but you get the idea), and really needed to go to sleep.

Today, I managed 755 words before breakfast, and then got lucky and had more writing time later in the day than I’d expected, so my current total now stands at 7,020, slightly above my target for the weekend.

Back to work tomorrow though…

Because of all this, I probably won’t be blogging – or sleeping, or going out – much for the next month (unless I need a break; the subject matter of my book is pretty dark, and I might need a bit of silliness from time to time). But I’ll try and check in with word count updates at least once a week.

Good luck to anyone else attempting NaNoWriMo – see you on the other side!

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