Nov 302011

Fantastic. It’s St. Andrew’s day and I have a nice large whisky tumbler in my hand. In front of me, my completed novel! Yep, after 30 days, and a very patient and understanding wife I have managed to unload my novel, with a grand total of 55,720 words, written from scratch entirely in the month of November. I’ve just uploaded the text with about 90 minutes to spare for verification and now have my winner’s badge.

NaNoWriMo Winner Badge, 2011

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Nov 012011

At midnight I put the first words of the writing challenge together. Clattering from 00:01 to 01:37 I managed to lay down the foundations, the first scene, with 1,697 words (17 wpm). I should be able to pen some more this evening so I will delay posting my first day’s word count and initial extract on NaNoWriMo until at midnight.

It was rather exciting and I stopped after doing the daily minimum only because I do have to work in the morning!

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Oct 072011

NaNoWriMo Participant 2011This has come out of left field. I’ve fiddled about with writing for some time and Scrivener is a great tool for that non-linear approach to putting a complex written project together. Having seen a discussion of the National Novel Writing Month on TV this morning I saw this as inspiration to get one of my ideas kick-started.

Let’s see how I do at writing a novel from scratch in a month – from 00:01 on the 1st of November to 23:59 on the 30th. Clicking on the stamp will take you to my page on the NaNoWriMo site.

The goal?

A 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That’s OK. About 6 pages a day, start to finish.