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If you’re a writer and you have never heard of National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, then you will have been living in the outer reaches of nowhere. Put simply, NaNoWriMo is the ultimate writer’s challenge, 50,000 words written in the 30 days of November. Yep, 50k in 30 days. That’s around 1,667 words a day in case you’re too stunned to work it out. It’s a lot, I know, I did it twice. After the last time I vowed never again. So, what am I doing now, 55 days of writing at an average of 600+ words a day. This is self imposed NaNoWriMo, or Nah, Not Writing More as I call it.

This is my attempt, a forced attempt, to get the first draft of my novel The Brittle Sea completed.

Today is day 4 and I’m on 3217 words, so an average of 804 words a day. I reckon I can manage that for 55 days and get to around 44k which added to the starting point of 52k will give me a nice juicy 96,000 words to play with, knock about, gut, throw out and move around to give me something like 79k in the end.

That’s the plan. But you know what Robert Burns said?  “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” and that’s a fact.

Copyright  © Tom Kane 2019

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