Monday, 4 November 2013

NaNoWrMo and TV excuses

It's been a funny old few days. Motivation to do some writing has been high, but other stuff has had to take precedence. Then of course there's sport - how's a bloke meant to do some writing when there's so much football on TV? Then when I'm not watching football (or darts) a number of my favourite programmes are back - step forward Revolution, Walking dead and Person of interest.

I know what you're thinking - a dedicated writer would make sacrifices and give TV a swerve and you're probably right, but unfortunately I'm easily bought!

Still, the last few days haven't been a total wipe-out as far as writing goes. I finished the last and final edit on my Christmas ghost story, started plotting book 4 in the Chronicles of Arkadia series and have been kicking around a couple of short story ideas which at the moment just won't fall into place. I know the ideas aren't bad and that there's at least one decent story in there somewhere, but at the moment they just won't fall into place. Perhaps I'm trying too hard and when I turn my mind to something else it will all fall into place.

Being November it's that time of year again. No, not Movember when footballers grow a ridiculous amount of facial hair, but NaNoWrMo. For those of you who don't know what that stands for it's National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that you commit to write the first 50 000 words of a novel in the space of November. It's a great idea if you've been looking to kick start your writing but I've never fancied having a go. From my point of view it could be counter-productive. It's all right I guess if you've got a novel structure mapped out in rough, but if you're going into it cold, it could be really frustrating when the words don't flow and the daily target increases. That's just me though - lots of fellow writers I speak to have participated - some take part every year to varying degrees of success. Good luck to anyone reading this and taking part though I've just one question - shouldn't you be writing?


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