Guess what? I’m a Camp NaNoWriMo winner!

I have just finished writing my 10,000 words and it feels great to have met my goal. Mind you, I know that lots of other people have met much higher targets but this was manageable for me and I honestly don’t think I could have done any more this month. The challenge will be to keep motivated to finish my novel now. I’m off on holiday soon and it would be wonderful to finish before then but I don’t think I’ll have time. I’m going to take some time away from the novel after that to give it time to settle before I start editing and move on to the next part of my journey. For anyone else doing Camp, keep up the good work and good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School’s out for summer!

Well, we are officially on our school holidays now and this has meant that I have really been able to step up a gear as far as my writing is concerned. I really want to meet my word count goal of 10,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo and today, I hit 8,052 words!!! I am so pleased. I feel absolutely confident of meeting my goal by the end of the month. I will still have to finish my novel of course but I am hoping to finish the first draft this summer and then to give myself some breathing space before tackling any editing. I have now written more than 80,000 words for this novel and I really never would have thought myself capable of doing that so that’s another thing I am pleased about. Happy holidays to all teachers and to all children out there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m up for the challenge, are you?

Well, as of today, my Camp NaNoWrimo word count is 4,625 and my goal is 10,000 by the end of July. Apparently, I have to write 448 words a day to meet this goal and whilst I may not make this daily goal (term doesn’t end till Wednesday and so my real life begins again on Thursday!), I am absolutely determined to meet my 10,000 words by 31 July.

I am finding that food and wine are helping me, along with lots of lovely music. At the moment, I am listening to Kirsty MacColl. When I listen to her music, I feel both amazed at her beautiful voice and yet so sad because her life was cut so tragically short. I even managed to fit Soho Square into my novel which I hope is a fitting tribute to a wonderful singer and an even lovelier person and mother.

I may have had too much wine tonight 🙂 I have also listened to and been inspired by, Roberta Flack singing ‘Killing me softly with his song’ today. I have listened to this song at least a million times in my life but it inspires me every time 🙂

And finally, I watched a TV documentary we had recorded about Wings and their Wings Across America tour. I loved The Beatles and I loved Wings too and just listening to that talent has inspired me to write more. I had a listen to John Lennon singing ‘Woman’ too, just for good measure. If only we could turn back time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Thank You

Thank you to all those people who are now following my blog or who have liked posts I’ve made or made comments themselves. I’m still quite new to all this blogging stuff and have tried to say thank you directly but can’t seem to work out how! So I thought I’d do it via my blog which I do know how to do at least. I am learning it all bit by bit and I expect it to take me quite some time, given my age!! Please do bear with me though and keep on reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Midway through July – Camp NaNoWriMo update, amongst other things

Well, it has been really hot recently, to say the least and doing anything at all has required real effort. I have been reading a lot this weekend which requires minimum effort and is my favourite past-time. But finally, it was time for me to write again and at last I have managed it. I am close to 3,000 words now but I will have to write 423 words a day for the rest of the month to meet my goal of 10,000 words. It didn’t seem like a terrible goal when I set it but now it seems IMPOSSIBLE 😦 I am still working till 24 July and there is so much stuff to do at the end of a school year that I just can’t imagine meeting my goal and I will be so fed up if I don’t meet it.

Anyway, the Office of Letters and Light tweeted a good post today by Holly Black who advised us to take it all one day at a time and to try not to get too bogged down by the goal and perhaps, if we’re really lucky, we’ll meet our goal anyway. I feel a bit glass half full today, as you can probably tell 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all Andy Murray’s fault!

I had great plans to spend some time writing every day this weekend and then Wimbledon took over my life, just like it used to when I was young and had nothing better to do 🙂 I literally spent all weekend watching the tennis and so had no time left for writing. I am so proud of Andy though and it was such a great occasion that I am really glad we were able to be a part of it. I was also very happy for Ivan Lendl who was my favourite tennis player for all his peak years and it was great to see him ‘win’ at Wimbledon too. So, excuses, excuses, I hear you cry! Well, I am pleased to say that I managed another 500 or so words tonight, bringing my CampNaNoWriMo total to (drum roll please) 1651 words. I have to write an average of 300 odd words a day if I am to reach my goal of 10,000 words by the end of the month. It is hard to keep going when you’re working all day as well but I will try and keep at it, distractions notwithstanding 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on again with the novel!

After a bit of a drought, I am back on again with my novel all thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo! I have written over 1,000 words in the last 2 days and I feel confident that I can keep going. I have written over 73,000 words of my novel in total and was dreading writing the ending which is definitely in sight. I am just going to keep writing my 500 or so words a day until the end of term (I am a teacher) and then work really hard in the summer holidays to try and finish my first draft. I hope fellow campers/first novel writers are doing well and feel as inspired as I do.