Day 20

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I hit 50K on day 18, but couldn’t validate until today, so there you have it. I’m officially a winner.

The very best thing to have come out of this year’s NaNoWriMo is that on most days I’ve been able to ditch my old school ways. I’ve barely written with a pen for the last two weeks. I’ve been typing straight into the PC and it’s been easy enough. I won’t lie and say I’ve written the most brilliant prose ever seen, but it’s no worse than anything that flowed out of my pen.

I had a bit of a strange moment when I realised how different my routine could be. My usual way is to write a few thousand words by hand, type them up at night, then update my word count before midnight. At this point, I would be done for the day and spend the rest of whatever time I had before bed reading trashy historical romances. My new routine is to write straight into the PC, updating my word count often, watching it climb in steady little bursts. I write best late at night, but had previously been using this time for typing, so now I find myself working past midnight, updating before and after. By the time I start writing the next day, I usually have at least a thousand words in the bag, which is an excellent motivation for me.

So this year, because of NaNoWriMo, I’ve changed the habits of a lifetime.

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Day 10

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So it’s day 10 and I’ve hit the halfway mark. Twenty five thousand words. Two new characters. Lots of questions to delve into. A ghastly tour around an abandoned mental hospital. Menace on the underground. An unexpected comedy crush. The return of some favourite but relatively unexplored characters. I’m having heaps of fun, especially as I never intended to write a sequel. I didn’t think I’d bury these characters for good, but I didn’t expect them to be getting up to such mischief so soon either.

Obviously if I continue at this rate, I’ll have 75K in the bag by the 30th, but I don’t want to tempt fate so I won’t.

I hope those of you doing NaNoWriMo this year are enjoying yourselves.

NaNovember. Already.

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It’s that time of year again. Falling leaves. Hidden dog turds. Fireworks. Whole TV channels dedicated to Christmas films. Hot chocolate. And most importantly of all, NaNoWriMo.

This November I’ll be writing the sequel to the project I started last July. I’ve been outlining for the last few weeks, and although I don’t know exactly where it’s going, or even where it starts, I have a scene list that ought to get me over the 50K mark. This is the least prepared I’ve ever been when embarking on a writing project so I’m a little nervous. But I know my characters and my location better now, which should help the words to flow.

Two unanticipated side effects to all this outlining occurred. One, it gave me the opportunity to backtrack over the first installment to plant little clues. And two, it gave me my ending. As I said in a recent(ish) post, I wasn’t happy with the ending. The battle scene was a bit too final, and I couldn’t work out the exact thing that would make my protagonist so devastated in the aftermath of the battle. But I’ve got it. It even ties in neatly to her fear of abandonment. I could not be happier about this development.

If you’re taking part this year, good luck!