Winning NaNoWriMo 2010
Winning NaNoWriMo 2010
I blogged a couple of days ago about having a hell of a lot of writing to do this weekend to succeed at the task I’d set myself of joining many others attempting to write 50000 words of a novel in 30 days. Well I did it, and it feels so good.
Here is my progress chart day by day.
|Day||Ideal||Actual||Left to Go||Day Total|
As you can see there were rather a lot of days where I didn’t write anything, and I didn’t feel well on a number of those days (or was travelling round Italy in the rain!). But to be honest this is how I work, I have never really been a plodder, routinely working on something until it is finished. I have always been a last minute wonder, needing that adrenaline to keep me moving.
Doing this for sponsorship and having people put their money towards a cause I believe in has been a good motivator and when I have actually sat down to write it has been a joy. Although, on more than one occasion I found myself eyes drooping, nearly nodding off at the computer (hopefully that is more to do with how tired I was rather than my story). But I did plod a little more than usual and sat down to write when sometimes I din’t want to, I even did a bit of planning and outlining before I started.
Now, I know some of my facebook and twitter friends are still working and I wish them all the luck and determination in the world to keep going. One thing I know is that this is only the beginning and that despite the ‘Novelist’ badge that I have been wearing from the No Plot No Problem Novel Writing Kit I do not have finished novel under my belt. So I need to keep going and finish the manuscript and then go back and cut out lots of the rubbish words and add some better, more magnificent ones, and correct the name changes and that dreadful tense change, and develop my characters and fill in the plot holes and foreshadow and… I think you get the point.
Please keep nagging me and you never know you may be in position to get a (self-published – I’m not foolish enough to think I’ll be snapped up by an agent or publisher) copy of Training Time (Book 1 of Cop Across Time) in your stocking from Santa next Christmas.
Roll on NaNoWriMo 2011 when I can write ‘As yet Untitled’ (Book 2 of Cop Across Time)
Now excuse my blatant adding of NaNo Winner’s badges (which one is your favourite).
Good night and good nano one and all.
Kirsty (aka CharmedP3 and kirstyes)
(Ps. My sponsorship page for Cancer Research UK is still open if you are feeling generous – UK taxpayers don’t forget to select the gift aid button – http://www.justgiving.com/Kirsty-Stanley)