NaNoWriMo Prep

Yes, I have decided to do NaNoWriMo this November. No, I don’t know how successful I am going to be considering I am still job hunting. Yes, I also know it is only September so why am I even thinking that far ahead?!

It’s because this idea for NaNo is something that came to me months ago, around the time of the last Camp session actually. I scribbled it down along with some story I had in my head and just knew instantly that this was the idea I want to do for November. I think I am in with a chance of getting a somewhere near decent word count due to having a fairly clear idea of the basic story, the characters motivations and quests. I also have an idea of the end point.

I am wondering about changing one or two things through from the original idea, including where part of the story takes place. I was originally thinking of it being down South somewhere, like Oxfordshire or Cambridgeshire, since Higher Education does play a part in one of the story lines but I have wondered instead if I should move that section up to Scotland. I’ve started doing some research to help me figure out what to do about that section, as well as keeping a close eye on the Scottish Referendum yesterday. Since they said No, it does remove one of the possible problems I could have had.

Okay, so I am rambling a little now but I am looking forward to NaNo this year. Is anyone else doing National Novel Writing Month this November?  Have you started thinking about what you intend to write yet? Got any thoughts from my ramblings? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

An international prize for unpublished novelists with a Scottish Flavour

Unpublished (traditionally or self-published)? Got a 50,000 word novel ready to be sent off to agents and publishers? What about entering it into this competition?


world mapI’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists. The Caledonian Novel Award 2015 is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and from any country, but they must not have had a novel published, and that includes self-published.  The closing date for entries is November 2, 2014 and you have to send the first 20 pages of your novel – double spaced in a size 12 font – plus a 200 word synopsis. The entry fee is £20 and the prize is £1000 and a lot of kudos. A long list will be announced at the end of November. Writers are then given just a week to send in the rest of the manuscript (which has to be at least 50,000 words long) . So, if you’ve only written three chapters don’t bother, but if you have a rough first draft at the bottom…

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5

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Word Count: 4,058 words.

Yet again, the characters have taken over the novel but I feel it was necessary as I realise my novel plan is making things go very slow. the down side to hit however is the fact that things are having to be brought forward which could have a big impact on my word count. I am aiming for 50,000 words but it might be a case I am forced to move my target down to accommodate for the novel.

So still a few days behind but I am coming up to a point where there is a lot of exposition so my word count might just get that boost I need. After all, my FMC has just discovered that there are werewolves on the Shetland Islands. Whether she is going to freak out yet, I don’t know but again, it might be a word booster right?

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 1

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Day 1 wasn’t entirely brilliant with just 665 words written but I blame that on having started writing and realising that I needed to do some re-jigging of my planning, setting and background information. Not least of all, characters remained unnamed until yesterday. For now, my MMC and his family have been named and a surname given to my FMC’s family. So still some work to do there and getting names sorted for my FMC (and the name of the town and island setting). I think that is going to be my first job this afternoon before I start writing again.

I struggled to get writing yesterday mainly because the first bit is meant to be the awkward first meeting between the FMC and MMC which sparks the events of the novel. The problems mentioned above naturally impacted on the writing, including the fact that the novel is set up in the Shetland Islands. I don’t know the Scottish education system as well as the English so required a bit of research to make sure I was on the right track. It might easily be a novel I will not revisit once this month is over but get certain things right the first time matters to me. Not least of all, it helps with getting things written initially and with editing at later stage in case I do go back to it.

Now I have got writing, hopefully things will be a little easier here on in.

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