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NaNoWriMo – Why I won this year, but not last year, but did win the year before that

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...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 19

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...

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NaNoWriMo – Day 7

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...

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So in summary …

Sometimes life calls for a summary post. It's not always easy to make the words come out in the right order, especially if you've been giving them to NaNoWriMo instead. Georgia Six months ago we went to Georgia's teacher in desperation, to have a go at figuring out why she's lonely and sad. Last week we got the results of the school's monitoring and subsequent assessment. Now we have a list of new people to go and see and ask the same...

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Tenses

I struggle with tenses. I like the way past tense reads, but I feel like I can represent emotions better in present tense. So the idea I’m kind of working on is to have the first part of the book (about 50,000 words) in past tense, with the story unfolding in a narrative way (though a little fantastical), and then have the second part of the book (about 20,000 words) more like a stream of consciousness.

Clear as mud, right? If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them (on the tenses, not on how bollocks I am at first drafts!).