Every day around 5pm (UK time) during November, instead of the 5pm fiction slot (because it’s on hiatus for November / December – there are only so many hours in the day, even mine), I shall be updating you on my progress of my NaNoWriMo novel.
Where have the past three days gone? I spent the weekend at the Festival of Romance, Bedford (just under an hour from Northampton). Despite me not really being a romance writer (I say “not really” as my NaNoWriMo 2009 debut novel is a girl-meets-boy-boy-boy-boy… – I could go on, she meets over 40 of them! – chick-lit) I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed meeting up with some ‘old’ friends and meeting new ones.
I wasn’t expecting to get any writing done and I managed a big fat zero on Saturday then 142 words yesterday (don’t ask me how!) but have made up for it (almost) today with 2,815 words today. I’m still over 13,000 behind (13,618 to be exact) but still not panicking. I’m home all this week so hopefully if I have few distractions I should keep the momentum going.
The lovely NaNoWriMo stats tell me that at this rate I’ll finish on December 22nd (it said Christmas Day earlier today) so if I can squeeze 33 days into the next 11, I’ll be fine.
How are you doing? I know some of my Facebook and Twitter compatriots are not only storming ahead but they’ve passed the finish line (woo hoo!) but as long as I get over it I’ll be happy. Plus I’m loving what I’m writing (tighter perhaps than it should be but that’s no bad thing) so that’s what’s important.
More on the Festival of Romance (report on the Sunday morning pitch session and photos from the Saturday night rock art party) to follow shortly.
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