NaNoWriMo starts today

I may have mentioned, just a few times recently, that I’m participating in Novembers National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m pledging to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month along with hundreds, or thousands of others around the world.

This past month I’ve spent planning the plot for my novel. That’s right, I’m a planner not a pantser and proud of it. All this planning has involved the research of a variety of writing methods and formulas. The creation and recreation of a premise, scaling that out into a synopsis, beat sheets and scenes, working on character development, and rewriting everything over and over again. It’s gruelling, enlightening, disheartening and exciting work and I love it (even if it may result in my husband divorcing me until the end of November).

My word count goal is 1667 per day.

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere (like I do) then today is November 1st. What I want to do is sit down, undisturbed for the entire day and write, write, write and when I’ve finished with that, you guessed it, I want to write some more. Unfortunately, I can’t.

This morning I have to finish getting things organised to attend a funeral for my husbands grandfather and then I’m getting on a train for a 4 hour trip to the country town I grew up in. I am hoping that I can spend that train trip writing till my fingers bleed and my story begins to take some form on the page and out of my head.

To anyone else who is starting NaNoWriMo today – good luck and I hope the creative juices are flowing.

Tracey Ambrose
"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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