Friday 11 December 2020

NaNoWriMo - how was it for you?

 The National November Writing Month descended again. Last time I turned around, it was March, so how come it was suddenly November?

My writing activity has not been stellar in this year of lockdowns. I think many writers have suffered this malaise. Initially, we all probably thought we would be able to sit down and devote the time we were normally out and about to writing. But it hasn't turned out like that.

And that's where NaNoWriMo has been a godsend for me. I thought at one point about giving up writing completely, but, again, like many other writers, it isn't only habit that sends us to our desk and keyboard, it is an internal need to tell the stories that teem in our heads. Every day away from my desk is a day when I feel I am not doing my job, leaving me with a melancholy regret. But I had lost my mojo.

I decided to do NaNoWriMo to regain that discipline of sitting down every day and banging out words. Because that is what NaNo is all about. Banging out the words, taking yourself on a white-hot ride and not worrying if you have just used the correct word. You've used the word that will probably be changed when you edit, but you've said what you wanted to say quickly. NaNo is about speed.

I managed just over 60,000 words by 30th November, writing two-thirds of the latest Georgia Pattison mystery Who Wants To Live Forever. And if you want to know a bit more about Georgia's latest adventure, you can read about it on my blog -


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