Nanowrimo2016 – Winner

November can be a strange month if you’re signed up to NaNoWriMo. A month filled withelvislive words (of course) but also numbers… that constant word count check, am I up to the target? My usual plan is always to try and write as much as possible on a Sunday and (hopefully) that way manage to get a few days ahead to allow for those days when you just can’t write – like if you have plans to go and see an Elvis concert for example (and that was AMAZING by the way!!)

And then you get to a day like today when I started the day with just under 3,000 words left to hit that magical 50,000 target… with each check the number got closer and closer and then, almost without warning,Β you do the validation check to see where your word count is up to and BOOM!!!!!

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winnerYes the 50,000 target has been hit – granted at this point I am only 56 words over the target but even one word over would count πŸ™‚ The Imagined is in no way a complete book yet – there is still more of the story to go and I hope to keep on writing it for at least the rest of the month. And then we shall see πŸ™‚

So, fellow NaNo-ersΒ I hope the target is in sight for all of you and if not, well there are still a couple of days left to get those fingers tapping on those keys πŸ™‚

Happy writing!!

The Imagined – Nanowrimo 2016

So, we’re at day 20 of Nanowrimo – doesn’t seem that long since the long hard slog was about to begin and now we can see the end just over the horizon. I know that many have already crossed the 50,000 word finishing line – bravo to you. Many others are lagging far behind – don’t give up if you’re at that point, there is still time to get your write on and race to the end.

As for me, well I am comfortably ahead of target at the moment – at the point of writing this I am on 38,224 words with the aim (or at least hope) to hit 40,000 before bed πŸ™‚

This seemed like a good point to introduce you to the world which has taken up a large portion of my time and concentration so far this month… the world of The Imagined.

Novel synopsis:Β On the world of Nihedr (nee-hed-r) existed The Imagined. A race of creatures brought into existence by The Iigned (eye-gned).

Being creatures of imagination The Imagined were not considered alive. They were not real.

The Imagine disagreed.

Chia was Imagined but he always believed that the family of Iigned he worked for considered him to be one of them. When Chia was accused of a terrible crime his world came crashing down around him and his status of being “only” Imagined came painfully home to him.

Was there anyone out there who could help him now? Anyone who would even want to?

I hope someone is intrigued by this little introduction πŸ™‚

But enough of this procrastination – there is a-writing to be done πŸ™‚

 

Nanowrimo 2016

The first of November is almost upon us. For many this is just the start of another month, but for many others this date signifies the start of another Nanowrimo.

NanoLogoIf you don’t know what that is Nanowrimo stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth… yes that’s right – a month… to write a novel. Thirty days in which writers from around the world take on the challenge to complete fifty-thousand words of whatever they choose, but it has to be written within those short thirty days.

“Why would you do this?” People may ask. “How do you do this?” Others will enquire.

The HOW I would imagine is the same for all participants… you write… that’s it… you just dedicate the time and you DO it. The trick is you have to just keep moving forwards… it doesn’t matter if things aren’t quite right or if there are typos/mistakes… that’s what rewrites and editing is for… Nano is the time to get that story OUT…

They WHY I expect vary wildly and I can only speak for myself. This year will be my fourth year – the first three I have managed to win (meaning that I hit the 50,000 word target in time) and I hope that this is something I will continue this year. I have to confess I can be somewhat of a lazy writer and I find this challenge a great motivator – that story that has been swirling around in my head finally gets its release and I just go for it πŸ™‚

So, if anyone else out there is signed up for this please feel free to add me as a writing buddy – seeing how others are doing also helps keep you going http://nanowrimo.org/participants/dawneh

Good luck Nano-ers – we can do it!!!

How Goes Nano?

Well hello there my fellow nanos… nanoers… nanobites… nanobots (oh they are something else entirely aren’t they?) my fellow Nano participants πŸ˜€ How has the first week of NanoWriMo 2015 been treating you?

NanoLogoI know a lot of people struggle with their inner editor this month, the idea of just writing down the story with no concern for correct grammar, punctuation or even spelling can be an alien concept to master but at the same time it can be so easy to get into an edit-loop where you spend so long getting a section “just right” that there is no time to actually write the novel in the first place πŸ™‚

I started out this year with mixed feelings, I had little confidence I would get to the 50,000 by the end of the month (and there is still no guarantee that I will of course) but one week in and I am feeling more confident about it.

Starting the month on a Sunday was a bonus as I managed to get ahead of the target word count and have managed to keep that cushion for the whole week. It’s nice to be ahead of where you need to be so that on those days where you don’t manage as much as you would like you’re not suddenly falling behind and wondering if you will ever make up the gap.

I also have the added bonus of a long weekend off work coming next weekend so that should help get a good chunk written.

procNo my only real obstacle is the damned procrastination… why else do you think I’m writing this post… πŸ˜‰

Current word count – 16,387

Back to it nanoites πŸ™‚