Writing My Debut Novel: NaNoWriMo

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If you knew that November is ‘National Novel Writing Month’ (NaNoWriMo) then you knew something I didn’t know on the morning of 01/11/2018.

But later that day, I did know! So I looked back at a piece I wrote 3 years ago (time flies, doesn’t it?) and decided I would take up the challenge: I decided that, this month, I am going to finish writing my first novel. I will be putting my non-fiction writing to one side and indulging myself into the world of fiction! So far, I’m enjoying it 🙂

For those of you that don’t know, the benchmark for a novel’s wordcount is (according to Wikipedia) is 40,000. The NaNoWriMo challenge is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month, though. That’s my personal target too.

I don’t think I’ve written so many words in one go before … but why not give it a go? The idea I am pursuing is one that I found very easy to write at the time, and have been finding very easy to write for the past few days as well. In fact, according to the NaNoWriMo projections of my current word count, I am on course to complete 50,000 words within the time limit! eek…

I don’t know what my plan will be once I’ve finished writing it. I guess I will send it to some willing friends who would like to read it (that could be you, if you get in touch with me!! My email address is on the homepage of this webpage, if you aren’t my Facebook friend or Twitter follower, etc etc, blah blah). It will need some serious editing after a month of tunnel-vision, word count-focused writing … so I’ll do some editing. Maybe even pay somebody to edit it for me? (Or maybe not)

And then? I guess that’s when I will start submitting the novel to publishers! And if I get a good deal? The whoopy doo! If nobody wants to publish it for me? Then I’ll go down the self-publishing route (a route which, in spite of its bad reputation, has given a number of authors a lot of success).

If you are interested in reading the first 3,000 words of my novel, I actually published them on this website about a year ago! Here’s the link (enjoy it!): 

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