NaNoWriMo

We’re sliding through to the last third of September already, and that means several things. First, it means I have an essay due pretty soon and a lot of history readings I haven’t done yet. Eep. Second, it means NaNoWriMo is just a month and a bit away. The NaNo forums get a wipe every […]

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Spotify shoved this song in my face today, and I am overflowing with the rightness of it for this point in my novel. Because it’s November 29th. I have 47,550 words. And I am almost finished. This novel has been in my brain for a while. I knew what I wanted – the theme, the […]

Starting My Writing Journal

One of the early pep talks for NaNoWriMo this year was from Daniel José Older. His whole pep talk is great; this sort of writing about writing is something I just devour and something I’d one day like to really contribute to myself. In particular Older talks about his writing journal, something that he’s only […]

I don’t know about you, but I feel like October just flew by. How can it be November already?! And yet here we are, Day One of NaNoWriMo, and I am HYPE. It’s fun being in New Zealand on November 1st. You can start hours before anyone else, and being able to update your wordcount […]

Hitting the beats

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day about how our lives are stalled cars on the highway of life. He seemed surprised that I was in the same position. “What do you mean? You go running three times a week!” The implication being, of course, that this means I am a […]

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The NaNoWriMo forums are frequented for two months out of the year. I prefer it like that, actually; like there are two months of Annual Writing Holiday, one month of sharing and preparation and excitement, and the second of panic and coffee and procrastination. NaNoWriMo is genuinely not the same without the forums; it’s a […]

I was on track. I was going to win. 50 thousand words in 30 days? I could do that. I was going to make November my bitch.   And then my hard drive fell on its sword.   Thankfully I had everything backed up. My draft was safe. But with no functional computer in which […]

NaNoWriMo has been going well. I am on-target with my word-count, essentially forcing 1667 words out of myself every day and often exceeding it. I’ve never been on-target in week two before. My usual habit is to start taking days off, fall around 4,000 words behind, freak out in week three and finish in a […]

It’s been a year since last NaNo, and longer still since I’ve won. This year, I’m determined to succeed. I want to write at least the requisite 1667 words per day. Per day. That means every day. I am focused. I am resolute . And I am stubborn. (Stubbornness is one particular failing that can […]

Ah, blue skies and cool breezes. Spring! I am so filled with motivation this time of year. Perhaps it has something to do with the coming of the summer holidays – Christmas and New Years and so on – and the general good feeling of that time of year. The New Year period always makes […]