|Worth Every Minute…|
The alarm’s just gone off for NaNoWriMo 2014. That’s it: the deadline was midnight on 30th November, no excuses. If you’ve read Writing A Book In A Month, Parts One, Two, Three And Four, this is the big reveal.
I put off reading through the whole of my NaNoWriMo project, Tasting The Peach until the last possible moment, in case I had a crisis of confidence and didn’t submit it. I was relieved to see the story all hung together (although there are some big gaps I’ll have to fill in during second, and subsequent, drafts). My characters mostly turned out the way I hoped they would, although as they came to life for me they developed and grew in ways I hadn’t expected.
I sent Tasting The Peach for validation on 29th of November, and my total word count was logged at 55,295 by NaNoWriMo central. I’ve printed out my personalised Winner’s Certificate, and now I feel wrung out and quite honestly, a bit emotional. What am I going to do, now all the pressure to finish is off? Read on, to find out…
NaNoWriMo is an invaluable hub and resource for writers. You’ll find mentors, tips and pep talks, shoulders to cry on and writing buddies to help you celebrate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting out, or an old hand who’s trying something new. Everybody learns from the experience, and has a good time in the process. For an investment of around £6, I got a month’s writing retreat right here in my office, but away from all other artistic distractions. It gave me the chance to dedicate an exclusive block of time to a project I’ve always had to sideline through pressure of other work. Sometimes you have to say “No” to requests. That’s always hard, but being able to say “Sorry, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year!” made it a bit easier.
The NaNoWriMo writing marathon each November is an international event that keeps on growing, but maintaining the site and networks takes money. They rely on donations, so read the testimonials here, then make a resolution to join NaNoWriMo 2015.
So, what’s next? Tomorrow I start a new WIP, but that’s quite literally another story. Or rather, two! I’ll be writing about this next project in a series of blogs called The Birth Of A Book. If you want to follow the roller-coaster ride all the way from basic idea to publication, click the “Subscribe To My Blog” button, at the top right hand side of this page.
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