After a couple of days taking a break from NaNoWriMo so that I could catch up on some other odd jobs, I finally sat down today and completed the first draft of my 'Primary School Diaries' novel for kids. The goal of National Novel Writing Month in November each year is to complete 50,0000 over the course of the month. My word count came in at 61,133 words and will likely be more by the time I finish editing the first draft and filling in gaps.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the process and being a part of a worldwide community of people writing and I definitely think it will be something I do next November. Anyone can take part, it doesn't cost a penny, and you can easily achieve the 50,000 words over a month if you just sit down and write your 1700 words each day. I think the trick is to just write and get things on the page, rather than to go into editing mode, since the whole point is to get your first draft rather than a perfectly finished novel.
If you took part in this year's NaNoWriMo or plan to take part in future events, let me know how you get on.
What's next for me? My plan now is to spend the rest of November catching up on all the tiny and somewhat tedious jobs I need to get done, with a view to giving myself an early Christmas present come December. One of the biggest pressures I have each day is a fight for survival and bringing in enough funds to make sure I have rent and bills covered, so I'm currently working long days with a view to freeing up all of December so I can focus completely on my writing.
The goal is to spend the morning out walking in the mountains with my little dog, and the afternoons will be sat by the log fire and Christmas tree, stuffing my face with mince pies, chocolate, and mulled wine, and working and writing away to my heart's content. December is also the launch of my Rydal Water adult colouring book and diary, and much of the marketing that goes with that will be put in place so that should free me up to focus fully on being creative, without interruptions.
My first romance novella 'Lake Love Found', the one I wrote to cut my teeth on as I learnt about the writing, publishing, and marketing aspects, is selling surprisingly well as an ebook and physical book, with great reviews so far, and an audio version is scheduled to launch mid December. I'm really glad that I didn't let fear stop me from publishing that one, and it has given me the boost I need to commit a month to sitting down and writing the books my heart wants to write - books for kids and teens and adventure and exploration. I've still a lot to learn, but the best way to do that is to put my bum in the chair and to write!
So that is all of the news from me for now. I've loved every moment of NaNoWriMo and I'm looking forward to getting on with the editing and publishing the Primary School Diaries in the coming month.