Yes, it’s that time again. It’s time to torture myself by trying to write a 50K word novel in 30 days. I’ve participated 7 times, won 3 and lost 4. I haven’t achieved this goal since 2014. Surely this has to be my year?
For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place each November when hundreds of thousands of writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. If that sounds like a tall order, it can be – if you don’t stick to the word count of 1,666 per day. The whole idea is just to get the words down, without editing or overthinking. Just write!
Given that I have more on my plate than ever before, this could be a real challenge for me, but think of how sweet that challenge will be to conquer. It’s going to be awesome. I work well under pressure anyway. So, here is my official NaNoWriMo 2017 announcement:
This year, I am writing a novel called Silent Disco. It’s a magical realism novel and I have literally no plan. I’m “pantsing it” in 2017. All I have is the title, an idea and the following blurb…
“Somewhere in the backstreets of Aberdeen, there is a shoe shop full of patient Cinderellas, waiting for their fairy godmother to turn up and magically transform their everyday lives into their dreams come true. Unbeknown to them, the fairy godmother is an unemployed gambling addict whose infatuation with the shop’s cleaner causes him to place a bet that changes everything.”