If you follow my blogs, you’ll know how excited I become as October draws to a close. It isn’t just the beautiful autumn colours and seasonal delight which I adore but with each passing hour National Novel Writing Month nears. For all that I love of October, and I do truly love October… I love November more!
November means the arrival of a manic month of writing in which I attempt to write 50,000 brand-new, sparkly words alongside millions of other fabulous authors around the globe. Every other month of the year, I sit alone in my writing room plugging at the keyboard and sipping hot tea. For November, I imagine all my friends, known and unknown, crammed into my tiny room, alongside me, jostling for desk space to write their daily fix of 1667 words. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what time of day I write in November, I know I have company.
My 7th year is no different - I have my routine. I will sit at my desk on Wednesday, 31st October waiting for midnight to arrive – I will hear my local church clock strike and watch SkyNews as confirmation that my metaphorical starter gun has sounded. This is the night writing which I love. The rest of the world sleeps while us writers dash forth capturing as many words as we can. I will write until the early hours ensuring I make my usual start.
My project this year is the final 50,000 words of draft 1 for a brand-new book (NBARC) which I must deliver to my publisher on 4th January 2019. My followers will know that my previous three published books have all started life as a NaNoWriMo project - another reason why I am geared up for this annual event. It has proven to be so productive and viable for me as a writer. My plan is to have three writing sessions per day: morning, noon and night aiming for 2000 words a day… which will give me a word safety net if the unexpected occurs (which it usually does!). My calendar already shows several events: a Birmingham Chapter meeting, a RNA Winter party in London plus my usual weekly activities which help to guarantee that I won't become a NaNoWriMo recluse!
I know many authors who dislike the annual event. I understand their complaints, their quips and their avoidance. But, for me it simply works – so, why would I not return year after year?
At this moment on 30th October, I have less than twenty hours remaining in which I can polish my post-it note plot points and get ready to make this my best NaNoWriMo… but, I won’t know until 30th November when I submit for an official word confirmation.
To follow my progress either revisit this website (see my progress graphs on the opening home page) or follow @ErinGreenAuthor via Twitter.
For further details visit: NationalNovelWritingMonth
P.S. for those that know I am a tea monster - I have stocked up on my favourite brand @TwiningsTeaUK