Yes, folks! That time of year is upon us.
I’m not talking about trick or treating, pumpkins and fancy dress. No, it’s the anxious run up to National Novel Writing Month.
This will be my first year taking part in this exercise and I’m very excited. There’s an idea for a erotic fantasy trilogy which has been squirming around in my head since Swanwick in August, and it’s time to put pen to page and get it started.
It sounds reasonably straightforward to be honest. The target is 50,000 words between 1st and 30th November. It’s a tall order, though, especially when you factor in my demanding day job which already takes up 45+ hours per week and I’m expecting that to increase over the course of the next few weeks.
So, time is of the essence here. There will be no time for procrastination. I’ve already cancelled any potential social engagements for the entire month and I’m even starting to plan a freezer-ful of ready made leftover dinners to see me through the first couple of weeks.
For the first time, I’m planning to use Scrivener from the get-go, which is a first for me. I normally write my first drafts with pen and paper, but this is way too important for me to do anything other than use this tool. I went to a webinar the other day which had loads of tips and tricks for making it work for me.
So, without further ado, I shall be posting my word counts from time to time throughout the month. Stay tuned to watch my progress…