Post NaNoWriMo Editing Begins

This morning I returned to my novel-in-progress ‘The Roar of the Lion’. Having written Part One in NaNoWriMo 2012 and Part Two in NaNoWriMo 2013, my first job was to stitch the content from these two sessions together, interweaving them to make them make sense as their parts were spread throughout the plot. Next up will be a read through before I return to write Part Three – in other words try and finally finish the story! That, however, will have to wait for another day. It certainly felt like it was heading towards a climax back in November before Christmas interrupted but we’ll have to see what it looks like now in the cold light of day. I used the fantastic program Scrivener to write the novel in. According to its statistics, it would be a 305 page paperback. Checking my bookshelf, I see that is about the same size as my childhood copy of the Hobbit. I wonder, should I get in contact with Peter Jackson to see if he’d like the film rights to produce a trilogy from it…


NaNoWriMo2013 Week 1

So that’s the first week of NaNoWriMo2013 done (National Novel Writing Month) and what a fantastic first week it’s been. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not to enter, but having toyed with the idea contemplated writing the sci-fi novel my novel was supposed to have been last year, only to end up returning to my book from last year’s effort. So far 10726 new words written taking the whole book to about 61,000 words. Having looked back at last years effort I have been surprised by it, there was more going on than I recalled, which is a good sign. What I’m finding concerning though is even with another 10,000 words past there are still vast swathes of the heart of the novel which I haven’t even touched on yet! Will I need a third year to get the first draft done? I do hope not… Still enough procrastination! Today is supposed to be my big push to catch up with the word count required to be on track for the magic 50,000 (missed the first couple of days having been away). Would be nice to try and get a little buffer in there too over the weekend, but I don’t see that happening for one moment. Verdict so far? Having a creative blast!

A slow restart

Ok, so my plan to really get back to work on my NaNoWriMo started novel this month is a little slow off the marks. This is only the second day I’ve really managed any work on it, having allowed other interruptions to impede getting going. Excuses, excuses. To be honest, having been away from it for a number of months, it’s taken time to get my head back in gear and to remember what was going on! Still, a quiet evening tonight and I’ve managed to get the best part of a 1000 words down. That’s a start, now I need to simply press on and see where the story takes me. It was a surprise back in November that I ended up in Sierra Leone when I’d set off thinking I was writing a science fiction novel. Who know’s how it might all end…

Word Count: 51,188

Back to the Book

Back in November I took part in NaNoWriMo and wrote over 50,000 words of a novel set in Sierra Leone, ‘The Roar of the Lion‘. It started off thinking it was going to be a sci-fi novel but quickly became something completely different. It was a highly enjoyable process, and one I shall certainly do again. The story, however, proved to be much larger than the 50,000 words would accommodate, in fact it might only be half way through, and has since sat languishing on my desktop waiting for me to find some time to devote to it. Christmas got in the way, and I lost the habit of regular writing that NaNoWriMo encouraged. The New Year proved to be a busy one, fairly continually until just now when the last of the big projects for the year, The BIGPicnic, has just gone. Now at last I am determined to get back to it and see if I can knock it into shape, setting aside some time each day this month. Target: 500 words a day. Not as many as during NaNoWriMo where I was aiming for 1,500, but possibly more realistic for this month with some editing included.

Word count: 50135 total at the start of the day