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My first NaNoWriMo

A journey to writing 50,000 words in a month

· Writing,NaNoWriMo

50,000 words in 30 days. A novel, from scratch, in a month.




Turns out, all of the above!

I started prepping at the end of September, getting some ideas together, working on characters, some of the setting and background. Taking advantage of the O2 priority/Cafe Nero free coffee on Tuesdays I sat writing notes, looking at tarot cards and letting Lady Muse come to me as she wished.

The subject of my novel was Tarot so not only did I get to write about something I love but I was in full research mode, looking at different decks, concentrating on individual cards, going in depth on the landscapes, the clothing and the subtler symbols found in the Rider-Waite deck.

I took advantage of Scrivener's free trial for #NaNoWriMo I found it really easy to use and loved the ability to move chapters, create storyboards and swap things around. The word count was also tailored to #NaNoWriMo helping to keep on top of daily goals.

I'd never used a creative writing software before and was really impressed how easy to use it was and I will definitely be downloading the full version.

So set up with my paper notebook, my writing software, 30 days and my tarot cards, it was just a case of getting on with it. 

There were times I was frustrated and it felt never ending. Having a goal in the form of a word count and a date really helped to focus me. A few days I just felt no creative drive, I would stare at the screen and have nothing to write about but somehow I would squeeze a few hundred words out and still come back the next day to try again.

It's hard to explain the feeling of relief and pride when I saw the word count tick over 50,000 words.

It was such an incredible achievement. I felt incredibly proud of myself and it reminded me how capable I am. To dedicate time every day, to commit to a project daily and achieve what is the beginnings of something I am really proud of feels incredible.

Not only do I feel this has shown me what I am capable of, I actually think there were some truly beautiful passages. Times where the muse granted me an audience and creativity communed in my veins.

I loved every minute.

My partner then surprised me with this gorgeous notebook to start my next writing adventure in - he knows me so well!

So... will I be taking part next year? YES! and I hope you'll join me.

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