And so to day 1 of the month that is often referred to as November and my, almost certainly futile, endeavour to successfully navigate the choppy waters of NaNoWriMo and in doing so, produce a full-length novel in 30 days.
I’m simultaneously participating in NaBloPoMo, meaning I have committed to blogging everyday this month. An easy way to achieve this might be to just publish my novel writing endeavours as posts each day, but I’m not going to do that for the simple reason that the novel is likely to be quite a shambolic effort – I’m very much going for quantity over quality in the hope that, when the dust settles, my literary sins will be redeemed by a rewrite or two. Or twenty.
Nonetheless, I’m certain that the first draft will be quite bad. Because I’ve already started writing it and what I’ve written so far is indeed bad.
So instead of posting excerpts of my novel on here, I’m just going to use these posts to keep track of my NaNoWriMo progress. Which should make for pretty dull blog posts. But they will, at least, be short blog posts, so even if you do elect to read them, you won’t be bored for very long.
Progress at this early stage is fairly positive and I’m well ahead of the requisite word count. However, I have cheated somewhat and repurposed a previously abandoned attempt at novel-writing, so not all of the words I’ve written today are new words. As of tomorrow they will all have to be new words, or my November novel-writing exploits will quickly flounder, but that really is tomorrow’s problem and today I shall bask in the relatively unearned glory of being ‘on target’.
The current count stands at 3579 words.
And on that happy note, I will sign off for today, lest my promise of a short but dull post becomes a half truth.