End of Week Two, NaNoWriMo!
Last week I wrote about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Writers from all over the world are challenging themselves to write a novel in a month. I’ve managed to write something every day toward my next novel, which is good. My story is so new it doesn’t have a name yet. I’ll be including an extract in my next newsletter. Subscribers who suggest a title will be in with the chance to win a prize. You can sign up for my newsletter here.
I’ve managed to log a total of 21,126 words so far, but it is the roughest of rough drafts. It will take some time to tidy it up, but I’ll worry about that on 1st December!
First Things First
I had the basic storyline planned out in my mind before I began writing. My priority is getting dialogue down on the page. The descriptive flourishes can come later, when I’m not chasing a deadline. Then I can take plenty of time to think, imagine, and get the settings just right.
The only problem with all this writing is that I’m tempted to spend too much time sitting down! Luckily our cheeky canine Alex needs at least a couple of walks a day. That’s a good excuse to get outside and enjoy all the autumn colours.
Birds are beginning to come back to our bird tables. There aren’t so many daylight hours when they can find food in the wild. Winter migrants like redwings and fieldfares have blown in on the north east wind from Scandinavia. That’s good news for birdwatchers, but bad news for anyone hoping to pick holly and mistletoe for Christmas. I’ll need to cover I cover some branches with netting before the birds arrive, or all the berries will be eaten!