And we’re off!

nanowrimo badgeFirst of November, and most of those who enjoy writing and have anything to do with the internet knows what that signifies – the start of nanowrimo.
NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, the month of November, the month when the aim of thousands of writers round the world is to reach the magic target of 50,000 words by the 30th of the month.
So why the mad dash of writing? Nothing quality can ever come of that rush, surely?
But the theory is that it’s better to write something than to write nothing. By writing something, you’re actively practising the skills you need, and by producing so much quantity so fast the learning curve is steep.

I’ve done it before.  Twice, I think.  Neither time have I so much as looked at a word I’ve written after.  But still the feeling of the words flowing and writing themselves is like a drug, and I want to get back to that feeling.  And it’s a challenge, and I’m a sucker for a challenge.

So I’ve started.  Tool of choice is google docs – a very basic word processor, none of this fancy novel writing software, but the advantage is that I can write from any machine with internet access and still collect my scribblings into one place, avoiding the problem of handwritten content which then needs to be typed up to add to the word count.

Progress so far? 271 words. Round about the same as for this blog entry once I’ve finished.  But I’ve started.  Need to find the pretty spreadsheet that shows graphs of progress, and need to think about what I’m actually going to be writing, but I’ve written the first few words.

No, I’m not going to share them here – they probably reveal far too much of what’s going on in my head in this raw stage, and you’d probably get totally the wrong impression of it from those first few words anyway – or at least you’ll get the first impression from one character of what sort of story it will be, and she’s wrong.  Oh so wrong.  But more of that to come…

ps this blog is now nearly 100 words longer than my story so far…

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