23 days until the insane writing begins…

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Nanowrimo

The complete and utter insanity that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is creeping ever closer. And for those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo…

‘National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.’

It all sounds very straightforward and I guess in essence it is, but 50,000 is an awful lot of words and to then somehow cram those into just 30 days 😯 There’s no grand prize if you’re successful (just a print your own certificate), no promise of being published, just a huge sense of relief & achievement. I’ve attempted the thing 4 times already, so I’d know!!! I was successful (God knows how?) the first three attempts, but failed miserably last year, which has made me more determined than ever this year…

I’m also cheating (only slightly 😎 ), but I really don’t care!!! I guess I’m just bending the rules a little, with one of those rules stating…

‘Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!’

Well, what I consider to be a novel this year is an action packed roaring adventure about 2 couples & a troublesome little boy, bumbling their way around 7 countries in an exhausting & unexpectedly exciting 18 days… Sound familiar πŸ˜‰ I have a rather tatty journal packed with scribbles & notes to guide me, which again is not strictly in keeping with the rules, but as I said, I really don’t care. I want to write, we did have a very interesting little adventure and it just seemed appropriate to put the 2 things together…

So at some point after our Halloween party (I’m guessing quite a lot after!!!), I’ll be beginning my 30 day stint, insanely tapping away at the keyboard. Watch this space…