for writers and readers….

I’ve decided to jump into the deep end and join NANOWRIMO this year, following the fingertips of bestselling authors like Julia Crouch (Cuckoo) and Elizabeth Haynes (Into the Darkest Corner).
I’m not really aiming at 50,000 words in one month, just dedicating myself to have a go at a concentrated wedge of work with the support of others. I am thinking that it is probably going to feel a bit like a literary Weightwatchers (and I’m hoping I’ll be a tad more successful)…And if I only produce 10,000 words then it is 10,000 I didn’t have before.
If you are not sure what it’s all about then this post will give you Vicki’s personal perspective (I’m hoping she goes for the Faber novel).
Vicki and I started reading each other before we realised that we are going on the same writers’ retreat in West Sussex. Small world writing….

The View Outside

If you’ve never heard of Nanowrimo, get yourself over to C A Husted’s blog and see what it’s all about…..

Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month is where really silly people decide to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, yep, one month. It starts on the 1st November and ends at midnight on the 31st. To consider to be a winner you have to have written 50,000 words (which you then have to upload to get verified before you get your winners certificate).

Ok, we’re not really silly people as such, most of us are in full control of our faculties, most of the time 😉 But, it is a challenge, it does make for a hectic month, and if you manage to do the full 50,000 words you’ll be so sick of your WIP you’ll want to dump it in the nearest river! Just kidding with that…

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  1. Vikki (The View Outside)
    October 11, 2012

    Thanks for the ReBlog Bridget and good luck! You can do it 😉


  2. ann perrin
    October 11, 2012

    That’s brilliant go for it! How far will you prepare?
    Characters ready to walk on to the stage. the setting, the problem? Or do you just wake up and write?
    Will check Vikki out, all this ‘stuff’ for free brill!
    In bed with dreadful cold unheard of for me, but been busy talking myself out it!

    • bridget whelan
      October 12, 2012

      I’ve no intention of writing from scratch — scary seat-of-the-pants stuff — but I know some do and there is a wonderful freedom in knowing that the aim is to get your head and just write…at least I hope there is. I’m setting myself an ambitious 20,000 word target (I’m a slow writer so that would be good for me – five thousand words a week) but not enought to get a certificate

  3. jjtoner
    October 12, 2012

    Not for me, this NaNoMaMoNoMo thing. I’m already || that close to a divorce because I spend so much time at my computer. And anyhow, Writing under time pressure is too stressful for me. Good luck with your November effort, Bridget. I hope you come out the other end with another Water for Elephants!

    • bridget whelan
      October 12, 2012

      I can dream (just realised that Water for Elephants is another novel that has emerged from Nannowrimo).

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