NaNoWriMo (Part 2)

Hello fellow readers and bloggers, and welcome to my very much belated second post about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Let’s just recap: NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that taunts you into writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It requires excessive planning (you don’t have time to look over it or change anything as you go!) and will probably tire you out by the end (I have no idea though, as this will be my first time).

What I’m keen to do is tell you a little bit about the novel I plan to write, and during this month (November), I’m hoping to do a journal of my attempts, wordcount, and thoughts about the challenge – roughly 12 posts in all. If any of you are also thinking/going to do NaNoWriMo as well, it would be great if you would share your attempts on this blog too! My novel will be set in a post-apocalyptic future, although it won’t be because of zombies or nuclear fallout, and this is the premise (but I don’t like sharing lots of my ideas, sorry; I’m very secretive with my work):

After discovering a blood-smeared diary that may hold the answer to where his true family lies, a small-town sheriff decides to risk everything he has in order to find them. With the help of a budding woman survivalist and her dog, he traipses across a barren wasteland. But trouble soon rears its ugly head: the sheriff is captured and beaten, leaving the woman to face a difficult decision – risk her life rescuing the sheriff, or continuing the long journey alone…

This is my idea so far, but since I have not delved into deep planning and reading around certain subjects yet, it may change radically (one of the books I’m going to read is a survival book in association with the Royal Marines Commandos). But I’m fairly happy with it; I have a title in mind (which actually ties in with NaNoWriMo, coincidentally!) but it’s all very hush-hush! 😛 So that’s it for today – if you want to join or know more about the challenge, click this link: On Saturday I will either be talking more about NaNoWriMo, or I will be posting excerpts of the writing I did on holiday with you all. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to what you all have to say!

Are you going to join in with the challenge? What are you going to write about? Let me know in the comments! 🙂


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Posted on August 15, 2012, in Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Tessa Sheppard

    I have tried NaNo twice and succeeded last year. It was a fantastic experience. You learn a great deal about your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. I’m hoping to do it again this November. I want to write the story I never finished the first time. I loved my story and want to give in another chance. Keep us informed of your experiences. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for writing, Tessa! Yeah I’m really looking forward to starting it – I’m beginning preparaion next week! Also, many thanks for letting me know of your attempts (and success!), and if you want to write about your 2012 effort, then email me and perhaps we could sort something out (email address in the contact section). 🙂 Hope it all goes well for you, too!

  3. I like seeing more people join every year. In the past, I’ve tried to dive in without any planning, and was amazed at the things I invented on the fly. It’s a great time to simply experiment freely, and the group has a lot of useful tips and support tools.

    • kdefg, thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂 I found when I started writing my novel that scenes and characters formed which I never even planned (I like to plan a little bit, but if I do too much I lose a bit of the excitement). Anyway, thanks again, and I hope you keep in touch with Writer’s Cabinet! 😀

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