If you remember, I posted earlier last month that during November I was taking part in NaNoWriMo – National November Writers Movement – in an attempt to write my first Novel.
The aim is that you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words during one month. Just sit and write. And write. And write. And write. And eat. Then write just a little bit more.
I thought November would be the perfect month for me to attempt this, seeing as we were going to spend nearly two weeks in a Motorhome, so I loaded up my iPad with my story idea and we set off.
I’d write. Then Hubby would tell me to put the iPad down and enjoy the scenery….
Lots of wheat and bare trees. Windmills. A Big Apple. A Big Guitar. A Big Banana then rolling green hills.
There’s only so many green hills I can look at. So I’d pick up the iPad and again, start writing. “You’re missing it all” Hubby would gip. Down the iPad went and more green hills. Some gorgeous beaches. Lots of fun at Big4 Parks with the kids. And when they were tucked up in bed, a little more writing.
I didn’t reach my 50,000 word goal but am currently very happily sitting at 22,496. It’s more than I’ve ever written before and I’ve been writing a little more each night before I go to bed lately, so am happy with my progress so far.
I’ve learnt a lot about my writing in the past month. I’m meticulous and will go over what I’ve just written until I’m happy with it before moving onto the next section. I don’t write my book from Start to End, rather having the chapters come to mind and I’ll go there and write out what I need to. The characters jump out at me and let me know that I need to fill in that blank right now.
So, while I’m not going to share anymore of my book with you, I will tell you it’s title, if you like? It’s a Young Adult Fiction novel. A Vampire story I’ve had in my head for quite a while now, and I’m so happy to be getting it on paper. I’m happy with the title and have even done up a simple graphic for it, but that’s liable to change with my hair colour. Right now, it’s:
I’m aiming to finish my first draft by the end of January, wish me luck!!