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Kylie Rodier: Wrimo Week One


One week down, three more to go! How are you?

I’m cool. I built a good buffer at the start of the week, precisely because I knew I’d be super busy at the end of it (a friend’s wedding).

Word count so far:

At the time of writing, I’m in 17,000 word territory.

When/Where have you been writing?

I wrote the entire first weekend, except for sleeping and running a few errands. I wrote in bed (because I could). This weekend (9th and 10th) I’m at a friend’s wedding, so won't be writing as much.

In your introductory blog you mentioned how you’d planned quite extensively to help you reach the big 50k. Are you on track with this, or has your plot taken any unexpected turns?

I’m well on track, but a new character has popped up and is demanding to be taken along for the ride. Not quite sure that’s going to work out. She’s pretty vociferous and fun to write though, so at least she’s adding to the word count.

How’s Mira?

Well, and she thanks …

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The beginning of NaNoWriMo and the End of (Spare) Time

One week down, three more to go! How are you?

Today at work one of my co-workers implied that I don’t get out enough. Well, I should say not. 1667 words a day don’t write themselves.

Day 5 and my novel still fails to pass the reverse-Bechdel test. Sorry, men.

It’s certainly been a great week for household chores. I’ve hoovered the hall, baked a cake, taken the rubbish out and cleaned out the fridge.

I worked out how to quickly update my word count on the NaNoWriMo site today. There’s a place to click at the top. This saves a lot of time, rather than navigating pages. Reminds me of my first term at university, when I didn’t know that Microsoft Word had a special tool for creating footnotes and I just wrote everything in a very tiny font at the bottom of the page.

Word count so far:

7816

When/Where have you found yourself writing the most this week?

Writing has happened in various places. Sunday night had …

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NanoWriMo & Me: Christopher Law's First Week

One week down, three more to go! How are you?

I'm feeling pretty good, thanks. In my other life I've got a proper job so scheduling time to write is a lot easier than I was expecting. The tricky part now is juggling the four weeks training with Nano, but I seem to be off to a fairly good start so I'm confident I'll be able to.


Word count so far:

8361, as of 7pm, November 6th. I haven't written anything yet today but I'll rectify that once I've finished this. It's a much better start than last year. I was on less than 3000 at this point.


When/Where have you found yourself writing the most this week?

I've never been the adventurous type with my writing location so I've been in front of my PC getting slowly dwarfed by the stack of compact discs I should put away. I've only been writing in the evenings, but I haven't had any free time during the days. This Saturday I've nothing planned so I'm hoping to join the writing marathon, for some of the …

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NaNoWriMo - Getting this show on the road!

One week down, three more to go! How are you?

I’m pretty good, thanks. How are you?

Word count so far:

It’s the start of Day Five and I’m on 14,765 words.

When/Where have you been writing?

Mostly at my desk in my bedroom during the evenings and over the weekend. I’ve also managed to get the odd sentence in here and there during downtime at work.

In your introductory blog you told us about the novel you’re working on – The Divine Spark, a supernatural adventure for young adults. How’s the process of revisiting a novel you sketched out when you were a teenager?

It’s a bit like revisiting a childhood home and trying to live in it as a grown-up. I’m travelling through familiar set pieces, and then changing them. When I write dialogue, I keep finding myself going, “No, that’s what they used to sound like. Now [character] sounds like this-” Also, ‘Teenage Me’ liked a good twisty-turny plot, so trying to pin that down in …

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My NaNoWriMo: Louise Elle Craven

NaNoWriMo writers

In this blog post, editor Cressida Downing interviews Louise Elle Craven, a writer who takes part in NaNoWriMo every year and gets her advice for writers looking to take part this year.

When I heard Writers & Artists were doing a month long special focus on NaNoWriMo, I immediately thought of an author I know called Louise Elle Craven.  She’s been doing NaNo for quite a while now – and I first heard about it through her. 

In her own words, Louise spends every November frantically typing and the other 11 months a year whining that she really ought to be writing something.


When did you first do NaNoWriMo?

I was browsing a name generator site years ago and saw two links on the sidebar: NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriYe. They had no explanation and I couldn't fathom what they could possibly be. Being a curious person, I clicked them and the world of NaNoWriMo opened up to me. This was back in about April 2004. I had six long tortuous months before I could even sign up for it.

Why …

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