In October I signed up to the NaNoWriMo Challenge for 2021. National Novel Writing Month is an annual challenge and starts in November. Participants aim to write a complete draft of a novel during the course of the month. I’ve never done anything like this before but, as usual, I started with grand ambitions and have ended, well, not quite a failure but not quite a success either.
I didn’t finish my first draft, or write x number of words every day – in fact I didn’t even write every day! My novel in progress looks more like notes than a coherent story and maybe I might end up changing my mind on the whole idea anyway – but still, I started and did more than I otherwise would have done.
The good news is that I did write more than usual, yes, sometimes I was sidetracked and wrote my blog instead but I did progress with my novel idea. I now have an outline of chapters and characters, ideas of themes to explore, and some draft chapters which require a lot more work on them.
So okay, I’m far from being an unpublished author, let alone a published one. But I am nearer to being one than I was before the challenge and that’s good enough for me. Now, where’s my manuscript….?