Lessons from NaNoWriMo

Like all writing, NaNoWriMo teaches you things about yourself, and things about your book. This was my third NaNoWriMo, and each one has taught me something different. As a first-timer, I was fuelled by a fear of the unknown: could I really write 50,000 words in a month? Second time around was about testing if […]


I realise I neglected to post any word count for yesterday. It wasn’t much, just over 360. Today, I’ve done 673 but I’m still hoping to crack 1000. On my morning walk, I was trying to imagine whether my novel could be a film, and I struggled to see how it could. Too many sub-plots. […]


I read an interview with John Banville yesterday. Part of it traversed the very common ground of “Writers who hate their own books”. Banville says of his books (and let’s remember, he’s a Booker prizewinner!): “They embarrass me because they’re all failures. We’re aiming for perfection and never attain it…What one does is so little […]


448 words so far today. It’s not often I feel like quoting myself, but after the sugar rush of the start of this week, the last few days have been sluggish, partly due to a lack of time but also because of some other stuff in my life that has demanded my attention. So whenever […]


I did 451 words this morning and have finished the first “section” of my novel, just shy of 10,000 words. Most of those words have been written since Saturday. It’s been a really good week, though I can feel the momentum slowing. I need some thinking time now, to figure out where next to take […]