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Nanowrimo 2013 Journal – Days 29 to 30

A dragonfly I saw on a bridge. Taken on an iPhone 5C. November 2013.

A dragonfly I saw on a bridge. Taken on an iPhone 5C. November 2013.

Here’s a photo I took yesterday, just to keep this post looking pretty!

Friday 29 November. 10.55 AM.

I just had a quick read through my previous NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal posts. It is amazing how much growth one can go through in a month. In the almost four weeks I have worked on this project, I have nearly reached the end and am still in with a chance. I will try to do a follow-up “How it all affected me” post in early December; for now, I have just under 7,000 words to write before the cut-off time for novel validation. It’s been quite a journey!

Thank you to the readers who followed my blog during this time. I appreciate the support you have shown through the “Like” functions. I try, whenever possible, to follow up all the wordpress likers and followers and see what you’re posting on your blogs. I am humbled that so many excellent writers and lovers of good books have been kind enough to show their support. I very much appreciate it. Now, back to writing!

Friday 29 November. 2.30 PM.

Current word count: 45, 326 words out of 50, 000.

Listening to a mix of Eluveitie, Wintersun, Amorphis and Amon Amarth (most of whom have a viking/Celtic folk vibe). I will not apologise if my science fiction novel turns out to be nothing but a thinly disguised Viking adventure, with a few Celtic warriors thrown in for good measure. As it is, it’s already headed in that direction. Also, I’m pretty sure my lead male characters look like a composite of the typical lead singer of any popular Nordic heavy metal singer you can imagine. Let’s face it, that’s about as attractive as it gets. (Not sarcasm.)

I am being forced to take a break. Good mums don’t forget to pick up their children from school, even if they are deeply immersed in describing just how blue a person’s eyes are.*

*When I wrote that, just there, I immediately thought of the brilliant book How Not To Write A Novel , by Newman and Mittelmark (2008, Penguin Books) which has a section called ‘The Vegan Viking’ (pages 65-66).**  In light of that particular section, I should probably reassess one of my characters… Also, read that book. It’ll ruin every trashy romance novel you’ve ever read, and you’ll be grateful for it.

** In case you haven’t read the other parts of my blog, I should clarify. I like vikings, and I like vegans.

Friday 29 November. 9.23 PM.

Current word count: 47, 242 words. 

The Beatles album Abbey Road playing, got a glass of wine and less than three thousand words to go. Bring on an all-nighter and some intense writing.

I’m interested to see how music affects my writing. Especially after a month of alternating between progressive metal and Ludovico Einaudi albums (think classical piano and violins), just throwing a bit of The Beatles in the mix should make for some interesting subtle influences on the plot. I definitely just wrote the most upbeat, lighthearted bit of dialogue in the entire story while bopping to this latest set of songs. I might find that my dark brooding story about guys that look like vikings generally being dark and brooding, will suddenly result in them all getting bowl haircuts and singing love songs.

Friday 29 November. 11.26 PM.

I just copied and pasted the entire text of my novel into NaNoWriMo’s word count validation thingamajig. I am just short of 50, 000 words. On the one hand, I’m a little frustrated. On the other, I’m relieved. I have grown rather fond of my story’s characters over this last month. I will be sad to say good bye.

Saturday 30 November. 12.01 AM.

If we politely ignore the bit where I’m awake waaaaaay past my bedtime, I would like to say that at some point I actually managed to write more words than necessary. I officially just validated and won my first ever NaNoWriMo. I am so excited. I didn’t think I would manage it.

Final word count: 50, 255 Words.

…And counting – I haven’t finished with this story yet. It’s got potential.

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner's Banner

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner’s Banner

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Midnight screenshot of my NaNoWriMo profile. Preserved for the future’s sake! Also to prove to myself that I actually did this through sheer hard regular work.

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My 2013 NaNoWriMo Journal

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