The plan: March

In November every month there is a writers competition called NaNoWriMo. There are pretty much only two rules to this, you can’t start writing before the start of the month and you have to have written and uploaded 50,000 words of the same story/novel by the end of the month. Nice and simple, well maybe, 50,000 words is a lot to write in only one month.

My plan for March is to try exactly that; 50,000 words of my next book in just this one month.

When I write I find it incredibly difficult to write straight onto the computer. There is something about having a familiar fountain pen in my hand and a pad of paper in front of me that helps me think so much more clearly about what I want to write. So when I have finished writing for each day I have the added task of typing up those words on to the computer. This may seem like a lot of effort, but I find it helps insert an extra editing phase, without the annoying editing feeling. However, when it comes to writing a certain amount of words in a deadline it can make it a good bit harder.

Trying to abide by the rules of NaNoWriMo this month will hopefully help me get back into the good writing routine I got into writing my last book. Also when it comes to November and the actual competition, I will have some idea what I’m letting myself in for, and if it’s possible with my odd habit of writing by hand first.

For more info on NaNoWriMo and entering you can read the blurb here

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3 Responses
  1. Chris says:

    I really find writing directly on the computer is really distracting. The computer just doesn’t work in the same way that I think and I’m spending most of my time fighting with the computer and not doing what I am supposed/want to be be doing. A pen, paper, post-it notes (and wire) are the way to go, work exactly the way you want them too, you cannot easily delete all of your work, cannot be hacked into and unlike a computer they don’t crash, and can be easily backup up by a photocopier/scanner.

    • Jess says:

      Yeah computers are a big distraction. I tend to work in front of mine though even with a pad of paper as I often need to look up some piece of research I forgot or something like that.

      Why the wire though?

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