My first NaNoWriMo

November books 2015

After years of threatening, half-baked ideas and wishful thinking, I’ve finally done it. No, not lose my marbles, the plot (not yet) or go loopy (although I might in about 30 days). I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

I’ve been playing around with short stories for a few months and a story came to me that needs more than 9 pages to tell. An embittered, disillusioned 30-something year old woman takes some time off from her temp job to go on holiday. She had planned to try to have that perfect week away, even though she’s on her own and hasn’t seen any friends for months. Instead, she gets obsessed with graffiti she sees from the train on her way to work, especially the two tags that read ‘lager’ and ‘pie’. She sets out to find the people behind the tags, but re-discovers herself.

I signed up on the NanoWriMo website. I decided that I’m a planner (as opposed to pantser), which if you know me, will not surprise you in the least. One day, I’ll admit how far in advance I schedule blog posts and divulge my tricks for what I call efficiency and the Scot refers to as my “rituals” with a barely-suppressed giggle.

I’ve even made some writing buddies (hi guys!).

I bought No Plot? No Problem and Ready, Set, Novel! and index cards to plan out my story. I have notes. I have ideas. This time next month, I’ll have half a novel.

Anyone else in?

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