NaNoWriMo 2020: Writing in progress


In September, I realised that maybe, just maybe, I had the kernel of an idea for an original piece of fiction kicking about in my head.

(It certainly made a difference from the fanfic ideas I normally have kicking about.)

And what with the November lockdown for England now coming in, spending time writing seems like a good idea… like I’ve done the rest of this year.

Seven years since my last attempt

I haven’t successfully completed National Novel Writing Month since the 2013 edition (and I hated that story), but this year I decided that it was worth me giving it another go. Why? The idea from September was, as I envisioned it, actually NaNo sized.

So, I’m working on a supernatural horror novel, with the working title “Haunted” and today I managed to write my first 1,919 words. I’ve done minimal planning for the story, so will be feeling my way through it a bit. (Despite the title, this story has very little (read: nothing) to do with ghosts.)

No real outline

I’ve found that with a lot other writing I’ve done this year, outside of work, I’m just not outlining much. The 80,000+ words of fanfic I’ve written this year have seen me do very minimal planning. I just don’t know what what it is about this year, but outlines and I just aren’t getting along. I do actually prefer writing with outlines, but I haven’t been able to pull one together for some months. So, this story has no solid outline.

Though I am taking advantage of using Scrivener this time round, which does make it a lot easier to keep on track of my writing alongside ideas I come up with as I write (like locations, character names and descriptions).

Getting to 50,000 words

I’ve also taken Fridays off from work this month, using up holiday, to help make sure I can reach the expected 50,000 words that makes a story a NaNoWriMo story.

In order to get to 50,000 words in a month for NaNo, it’s normally suggested you write at least 1,667 words a day.

What’s the story about?

The story is about death personified and the lengths someone might go to in order to bring happiness to loved ones. It’s set in Cornwall and is far removed from the usual idylls that are used to portray my home.

I’ll have an actual summary when I have a clearer idea of what’s being written (the other side effect of not having an outline).

Am I going to try and get it published?

If I’m at least happy about the rough draft once it’s done, I will edit it and get it in front of people.

But I am not envisioning chasing a traditional publishing route for this story. I want to try something else instead. As I explained on a recent episode of Nerds Assemble, traditional publishing has been especially weird this year because of the pandemic.

What I’ll do in terms of getting it in front of people? Not Amazon, but I have an idea. I’m just not comfortable sharing the how with y’all right now.

That’s it for now

I’m hoping to post on here as a degree of accountability while I write. Maybe not every day, but at least a few times a week.


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