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How Not To Do Camp NaNoWriMo

Unfortunately, April’s Camp NaNoWriMo has not gone according to plan. The intention was to treat it like November and write a whole 50,000-word story: a sequel to my 2015 fantasy project, which was my second choice for last November’s effort. … Continue reading

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I Finished A Second Draft!

Twelve years of participating in National Novel Writing Month have left me with a sizeable collection of first drafts for novels. I’ve attempted to edit some of them before; a few of my Camp NaNoWriMo projects have involved full rewrites. … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Tough One This Year

Every National Novel Writing Month is hard work, but this one has turned out to be more difficult than most. Basically, I was being kept busy with various other things, and while I could technically find time to write, finding … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Year Twelve!

Since Camp NaNoWriMo, writing has actually been going really well. I’ve been applying the common personal development tips of a) taking small steps and b) persisting with something until it becomes a habit. Maybe I’m putting myself under less pressure, … Continue reading

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Going Better Than I Thought

I don’t have the best record when it comes to Camp NaNoWriMo. In recent years, I’ve been saving new projects for NaNoWriMo in November, and trying to use Camp to edit existing drafts. But I haven’t tended to get very … Continue reading

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How’s The Writing Going? (February 2020)

So far in 2020, my attempts at fiction writing have not been going as well as I’d hoped. For several weeks, I’ve continued to wrestle with the vampire story that I’ve been working on for some time now. Sometimes, I’ve … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2019: Finished Again!

Last night, I finished this year’s National Novel Writing Month story at 50,397 words. Once again, what used to be a brief idea jotted down in a notebook is now a fleshed-out draft, and it feels good! This year has … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2019: At 20K!

NaNoWriMo 2019 is going pretty well so far. My current word count is 20,414: I managed to get a day ahead of schedule on Saturday, when I hit my daily target in the morning and then attended an afternoon write-in, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2019: What to Do This Year?

With the end of October approaching, I’m once again looking ahead – not to Halloween or Bonfire Night, both of which I’d rather avoid, but to the National Novel Writing Month challenge. This year being my eleventh NaNoWriMo, it’s become … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2018: Ten Years, Ten Victories!

Since my last blog post on NaNoWriMo 2018, my motivation continued to come and go – sometimes I did 700 words in a day, sometimes more than 2000 (usually when I could split writing sessions up – that’s a good … Continue reading

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