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I’m not very good at preparing for NaNoWriMo. Most of the time I get to November 1 and write a sentence and then wish I’d spent more time figuring out what the next sentence should be. But if you’re the kind of person who chooses to shame and embarrass people like me, here are my suggestions for starting the month with a bang instead of a scrawl.

WINNER

So here’s something: I “won” on the 27th, actually. I got to 45,000 words and just went a little ballistic trying to get to 50,000, so I could go to Officeworks and get the whole thing printed. Why I won this year 1. I’m self-employed I would go so far as to say this is probably the main reason I won this year. Not because that means I’m not busy, because Lord knows being a freelancer is total chaos and nightmares, but because it meant I could essentially write whenever the mood struck. It also meant I could set aside…

NANO

To my surprise, I am still writing to the curve. It feels strange, day after day. Every morning thinking¬†this is the day I’ll stop writing it, but being pushed on by that brown line. I’m competitive, even with myself. Especially with myself. Sometimes the story comes together in pockets, and I sit back and go, “Aha! That’s what it’s about!” and then two hundred words go by and I have no idea again. I am equally enchanted by my characters and also feeling like they’re bits of paper in the wind. Writing intensely makes me feel so close to the…

NANO

Today I am sick and hiding in my office with the window open, trying to cool my skin, which is on fire. I’ve written just over 10,000 words, which was par for yesterday, but I’ve not written anything today. I might, just to see what kind of strange fevered stuff comes out. In the meantime, here is a wee excerpt from chapter three, for your interest/to fill the gap. There were days when we had lived at the beach (a plasterboard monstrosity with a wrought iron balcony that kind of slipped away into the sea) when there was harmony. Dad…