It’s that time of year again, when writers around the world go a little bit crazy on the internet. The cause of all this chaos is a challenge. National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNO, where the goal is to achieve 50,000 words during the month of November.
In 2008, when I did NaNO for the first time, I was completely unprepared. I had no sooner finished my last assignment for University when I jumped straight into NaNO. I was days behind and I had a vague idea of what I was going to write. I had hoped to be a bit more organised the second time around. This time I did have a plot outline for my story, but at the last minute it seemed to have done a runner. Obviously, being organised for NaNo was not going to happen. Once again, I would be flying by the seat of my pants.
So far this week, my progress has been somewhat slow. Last week I was sick with the flu, which unfortunately, continues to hang around. My progress has also been slow for the simple reason that I’m editing as I go. A person just can’t afford to do that during NaNO. I had the same trouble last time in switching the internal editor off. If you’ve made a mistake, forget about it and keep going. One has plenty of time to fix it up when NaNO is over. In my last post, I was determined to write badly, now I officially have permission to do so!
It seems I’m destined for slow starts, but come home flying in the end. I just hope I can repeat that again this year.
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