Ah Nano! I love it! This is my fifth year of taking part in NaNoWriMo, and I am pleased to say I have been successful each time, some more than others.
This year, I was excited to be writing a sequel for a novel I wrote during Camp Nano in June. To my memory, Red Sky flowed from my fingers onto the page with ease. And I guess it must have been fairly easy, for I finished it in 19 days. Dark Sea, however, was like pulling teeth. Or rather – as I explained to my partner the other day – it was like there was a blockage in the pipe. The inspiration was there, I mostly knew where I was going, but it just took so darn long to get anywhere! I’d sit for hours, and end up with a meagre 500 words, and then all of a sudden, bam! The blockage was gone and the words poured out, and I had an extra 1500 in 45 mins. But the next day, the pipe was blocked again, and I had to go through the painstaking effort of unblocking it before the words would flow again.
Looking back, now I’ve finished the first draft, I’m feeling pretty good about the story as a whole, though there were moments when I thought what I was writing was utter tripe! Mind you, I haven’t been back to reread it yet, that won’t happen for a month or two… probably January… so I have no doubt that there are moments of utter tripe, but I’m hoping that mixed in all the mess there are gems as well, just waiting to be polished.
And now I’ve used every cliche in the book, perhaps I should go do something a little more constructive with my day. 🙂
Posting has been sporadic this last week, with a sick daughter earlier in the week, and now a sick husband, alongside two ‘sick’ cars – writing posts has been at the lower end of my priority list. Which isn’t to say I haven’t written any – it’s just that I saved it as a draft to return to later, and so far later hasn’t come… tomorrow, maybe.
Anyway without further delay, I’ll announce this weeks winner of The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton.
Looking over this weeks comments, I think I’ve only had two this week – Karen and Monica? If I’ve missed anyone let me know, and I’ll add your name twice to the next draw. With only two commentors this time, I thought I’d flip a coin…
Heads Karen, and tails Monica… and Karen it is! Congratulations. I’ll be in touch shortly so you can be reading your book in no time!!
Oh – and a Nano update? I’m still on track, thanks to a few wordy days of 2000+, sitting at 27,548.
DS however, has not bee so motivated, and without the assistance of my motivation, his word count sits at: 587. By the end of today he should be at 750 words… Hoping I can help him get back on track, and build up that word count. Maybe I need to bring back the incentive of chocolate…?
There are still two more copies of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton to give away this month, all you have to do to get your name in the draw is comment on any post! (For more info check out this post) And to help you out, I’ll try and have a few more posts to comment on!! 😀
The first winner of a copy of The Secret Keeper by Kater Morton is:
Laura!! YAY!! I’ll send you an email shortly to let you know you’ve won and get some details from you!! 🙂
Don’t forget there are 3 more copies to give away, over the next 3 weeks. Keep commenting!! 😀
And for those of you who’ve only just stumbled across the blog – check out this post to see the great book that’s up for grabs!!