Writing Wednesday: NaNo Immersion

It’s quarter to eleven on Sunday night, and I see I haven’t posted for over a week. I want more followers, but I’m not going to attract them with no posts. The reason is NaNoWriMo. I’m six days in, and a little behind on my word count (900 words behind, actually).

Take my advice: if you’re going to take up an intensive writing challenge, you need to clear your diary. This week I have been so busy, by this weekend my writing was like pulling teeth. The week to come is clearer, so I hope I can catch up and get ahead. I have also discovered holes in my plot which have been hard to fill.

Because it is a true story, I have all the facts, but what do you do while you’re waiting for the next event to happen? And how do all the characters react to what’s going on? I am starting to work it out, but it’s hard.

Harder still when you’re not concentrating properly. Ever tried writing while watching tv? And the last episode of Downton Abbey. Not recommended. I’ll probably look at it tomorrow and find it’s a load of rubbish. But this is NaNoWriMo and there’s no time to edit!


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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