50,078 NaNoWriMo words in 2015!

Yes! Over 50,000 words written in November, to win NaNoWriMo for 2015.

National Novel Writing Month is a self challenge.  In the end, it’s just me, committing myself to getting the barest of bones of a novel onto paper.  Although with support from thousands of people worldwide. Which is what I love about NaNo, it’s truly international.

As in 2014, it was a great opportunity to take the kernel of an idea and run with different aspects of it.  There are more directions that I want to explore,  and without the time pressure I’m going to read what I’ve written, rearrange it into a beginning, middle and end (I never write in a linear fashion), and see if I have a story. And then see what it needs to become a better story.

I find it really difficult not to edit as I go, and did  a bit more of that this year than last. Hopefully that means ‘Angels Above and Below’ won’t take as long to finish off as ‘Born in the USA’ did. But now, I need to put it away for a while and come back to it cold. See what’s worth keeping and what was just my fingers working without engaging my brain. I think there’s the potential for a good story in there somewhere. Now I just have to pull it to bits and put it back together to find it!


47,000 NaNoWriMo words and counting – vote with me!

So, I’ve got 3000 words to go before I can ‘validate my novel’ and win NaNoWriMo for 2015. And there’s loads that I COULD write about. After all, there are so many scenes that the novel needs that I haven’t even started yet.

So what should I write to finish off this particular challenge, and leave me free to start pulling the novel into some sort of order? Here’s a quick poll – please have a bit of fun and help me decide what the last 3000 words should be on! Click on your choice and then the ‘Vote’ button.