NaNoWriMo – The Slog Continues

Firstly, I want to thank every single one of you who commented on my post yesterday. You encouraged me no end, and I hope I can help you in return. The blogging community does wonders for motivation. 

How is your writing coming along? Are you on target, way below target or dragging your sorry writing muscles along and just about making it work?

No matter how you are doing here are some things to remember – 

NaNoWriMo is MEANT to be hard. That’s why its such a big thing

Nothing worth having comes easy. Writing fiction won’t feel like a walk in the park, it’s hard and wonderful all at once.

If you write even a little when you don’t feel like doing it, you are winning Camp NaNoWriMo. 

Keep going in the hard bits as on the other side it gets easier (or so I’m hoping!)

Best of luck fellow Campers – we can do this!


My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My Sister's BonesMy Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an incredible book. It has so many twists and turns that you will get travel sick. The writing style is mature yet incredibly easy to read. It captivated me from the very first page.

I won’t give away any plot details from this book because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, however, I do urge you to read it.

To my shock, I read the first part of the book and found it set in my town, Herne Bay, in Kent. Initially, I laughed at the way the sleepy seaside town was portrayed to be sinister as my experiences are of a rather boring and pretty town. I did eventually start to see the place through the lens of the author and appreciate the danger she was showing. That is the sign of a great author!

Read this book, you won’t regret it.

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NaNoWriMo – Hitting the Wall

Is anyone else there yet? That place where NaNoWriMo stops being exciting and becomes, well, a chore?

Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy writing when I do it. It’s just taking longer to get into the groove, and there are so many distractions.

I wrote a grand total of 0 words yesterday, and today reaching 1000 felt like pulling teeth. I hope I break through the wall quickly and find my writing flow again.

NaNoWriMo is HARD!!!!

Anyone else who feels like this, I’d love to hear from you! We can do this together if we spur each other on 🙂

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NaNoWriMo – Drink a lot of Coffee – Write a lot of Words

Good Morning Campers!

We are now three days into Camp NaNoWriMo. How are you getting on? I know my plan was to feverishly write nearly 6,000 words in the first two days (this is a scheduled post by the way. Can you guess why?). It’s not even the first of July at the time of writing of this, and I am pretty sure I would have failed my goals already. (FYI – I didn’t! Why are our inner critics so harsh I wonder?)



Do you know what? That’s okay. There is only one rule for Camp NaNo, and that is to KEEP GOING. A missed word count sucks, but the ability to stick at something is worth so much more. 

Crack on – you can do this!


NaNoWriMo – Day 3

Today has been another good day. I’ve hit the 10,000 mark. I really didn’t expect to get so much done so early, but the thought of my holiday and also the nervous energy from my new job has spurred me on.

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I now have a nice buffer to protect me if I fall off the rails a little. Towards the end of the month, I imagine I will get a serious case of writer’s block. At least, that is what happened in November, so this is a good start.

How are you all doing? I’d love to hear from you. The blogging writing community is such a huge blessing, isn’t it?


Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 2 Update

Despite all my procrastinating day 1 went really well. I wrote 3297 words, which I needed to because –

  1. I’m starting a new job tomorrow, and so my brain will be focused on that instead of writing
  2. I’m going on holiday on the 9th July, and I want to make sure that I have a really modest word count goal on those days.

So far I’ve written 1022 words today, and I’m hoping to hit the 3,000 mark again. I’m finding it harder today, however, because I’m so distracted! So I should probably get off of WordPress.

For those of you taking part in July Camp NaNoWriMo, good luck! I hope it is going well for you.