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Oct 18

NaNoWriMo can kick your creativity in new directions

You’ve probably been hearing it endlessly for the last few weeks. Not long to go before the annual National Novel Writing Month competition kicks in on November 1st. For any writer still not sure what this is all about, well it happens every November when thousands of writers worldwide sign up to complete a 50,000 word novel within the month.

Certainly for many writers that sounds an awfully large daunting number of words to get down in thirty days and without doubt, to complete the marathon, you will need large doses of willpower, determination and a cull of those irritating distraction devils who continually climb onto your shoulder and beg you to read your emails, surf the net for cat videos or dig the garden – in fact do anything but write. But let’s get scientific and analytical, exactly like Professor Lauren Hind, my protagonist in my present Rhapsody series, always does when faced with a challenge. OK Lauren – what’s your take?

“I don’t really know what all the fuss is about, that works out at only 1666.67 words per day or 3.3 sides of A4. Think of all the tripe you write on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, emails and the rest, you probably do that already!”

“Hey, I don’t write tripe on social media … anyway I have all these other priorities …”

“Do you want to feel the satisfaction of achieving the goal and more importantly won’t the discipline jog your creativity into life and force you to do something you otherwise may not do? If so, there is only one logical answer; stop wimping, get focussed, cut the crap, butt in chair and start writing!”

Actually she has a point there. I’m looking to explore some new genre writing as well as continue my series. Why? I don’t know but it’s been nagging in my head all summer to write something different. The muse is restless. So what the hell. NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to flex the creative muscles, so although I’m now well into writing my next novel, Rhapsody of Succession, I’m going to take a month’s sabbatical and write something new and publish it as well. Now that is quite a challenge even Lauren Hind would admit to.Pumpkin image

Well. I’m now entered for NaNoWriMo for the first time. Funny thing but going into my local supermarket this morning seeing thousands of massive orange pumpkins, with stencilled faces, on sale for Halloween made me shudder as we move quickly out of the glorious summer and into that ghostly, damp, dark and foreboding autumn. It’s a witchy period … mmm… paranormal food for thought. The fog hasn’t lifted yet either, must be a sign. Have to get the plot outline and description done by the 30th, must crack on … the muse has stirred.

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