Something is better than nothing: Thoughts on losing NaNoWriMo

statue of Belgian artist Pieter Bruegel something is better than nothing

In October, I shared this blog post from two years ago on Facebook and announced my intention to participate in NaNoWriMo for the third time. Subscribers will also have read about it in the newsletter I sent out in October. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can find out more here or read about my previous NaNoWriMo experience here. Like the previous time I did NaNoWriMo, I did...

8 Things I learnt during NaNoWriMo 2017

A bit more than a month ago, I announced that I was participating in a writing challenge known as NaNoWriMo. The aim was to write 50,000 words during the 30 days of November. You can find out more about NaNoWriMo here. It is a fantastic initiative which promotes creativity and a sense of community among writers at all stages of their journey. It was the second time I participated –...

NaNoWriMo 2017: still writing

A view inside the author's head during NaNoWrMo

So it is now four weeks since I announced that I was doing NaNoWriMo this year.  You may recall that I promised weekly updates of my progress. You can read my account of how week one went here. What about my account of week two? Or week three? How can it possibly be week four already? As you’ll have  probably guessed, I didn’t get around to writing those updates. I...

NaNoWriMo 2017: update after week one

NaNoWriMo 2017 week 1

One week ago, I wrote here that I was going to do NaNoWriMo this month and post weekly updates. And here we are at the end of week one and so I suppose it’s time for an update. I started with plenty of time (for the first five days), a blank screen and ideas for ten short stories scribbled in my notebook. A couple of those ideas were quite developed...

Why I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year

In less than an hour it begins. NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, but which has actually become an international movement over the years. It stands for a commitment which writers make to write 50,000 words during November. It is kind of like an international writing party which exists on and offline. The fact that others, all over the world, have undertaken the same commitment is intended to...

My current WIP: Stories inspired by Tango

I’ve been working on a collection of stories inspired by tango on and off since 2017. It started out as a NaNoWriMo project (more about that here, here, here and here). Last year, I again took part in NaNoWriMo in an attempt to finish the first draft. While I did not “win” NaNoWriMo this time, I did manage to get the first draft done which is a big win for...

Writing

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to get me writing regularly. The prospect of writing a novel or even finishing a short story was so daunting that for a long time, I wrote on and off without ever actually finishing anything. Having ideas wasn’t a problem but seeing a project through to the end was. I think this was because I wasn’t writing regularly. While I...