4 reasons Nanowrimo sucks as a professional writer

I know. It makes absolutely no logical sense. I’m a professional writer -Nanowrimo is just me doing more of that same job. Surely it’s not any different? Well amongst the other reason that Nanowrimo has been tough – even impossible – this year, I’ve also struggled with adding it to my workload generally. So here, […]

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Nanowrimo is…well, shit

It’s the 12th November, and I have written 8,053 words for Nanowrimo. Par – which is the target for this day to hit 50,000 by the end of the month – is 20,000. I haven’t allowed myself to fully give up yet, but I think I might need to. I think I need to accept […]

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Nanowrimo’s False Start

So we’ve already gone over that I didn’t have the most productive Preptober. All of my Nanowrimo planning was done in the scant few days before it started, but by the last weekend of October I’d managed to scrabble together a bunch of plans that I then started fleshing out over the next couple of […]

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(Last-Minute) Planning for Nanowrimo 2018

Let’s have some real Nanowrimo honesty first of all, shall we? I didn’t start planning until the 24th October. I didn’t even know what I was writing until then. All I knew? Was that I wanted to write in first person. That was genuinely the only thing I was set on. I was waffling about […]

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My First Camp Nanowrimo

For some years I have been aware of Camp Nanowrimo, the secondary challenge run by the wonderful team at Nanowrimo. A little different to the core Nanowrimo – which is simply to write 50,000 words in 30 days – Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own goal. You can set a goal based on […]

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Nanowrimo Is Just The Beginning

It’s over halfway through November. You’re taking part in Nanowrimo…and you’ve only written 10,000 words. You’re panicking. Par is nearly 30,000! How are you ever going to manage to catch up? You’re never going to finish. You might as well just stop now, really. Better that than pushing yourself through the next less-than-two-weeks only to […]

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Nanowrimo Five Step Plan

With Nanowrimo on the horizon and my fear of it growing with every passing moment, I have spent the past days devouring every prep and plan guide that I can get my hands on. With the help of some incredible resources from brilliant people, I’ve got a five-step plan for how I’m going to make […]

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Healthy Fear

I have a confession to make: I am afraid of Nanowrimo. This will be my 9th year competing, and hopefully my 7th time winning. I’ve done this a lot now. I’ve published one of the novels that has come out of it. My lifetime word count for Nanowrimo is 328,809. I have a lot of […]

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Nanowrimo: Where Garbage is Golden

Today I’d like to talk to you about Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is an annual writing competition where you compete against yourself, attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This works out to 1,666 words a day, which doesn’t sound like much…until you’ve tried to do it. Nonetheless it is an incredible encouragement tool, […]

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