It’s nearly November, and this year I’m finally going to have a try at NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s a great idea; but very badly named given that it’s international.

The last two or three years I’ve been reminded about NaNoWriMo part-way through the month after seeing comments on Twitter, but it’s been too late for me to start. This year, I saw something ahead of time and I’m getting prepared, one step at a time.

Step 1 was donating some money to the organisation, since I think they’re doing a great job. That’s not compulsory to join in, by the way – I just wanted to.

Step 2 was thinking of what I wanted to write. There’s a story I really want to write, but it’s also important to me and I don’t want to mess it up. It didn’t feel like the right story to start with – but I didn’t have a better idea. I was stuck – until a dream came to my rescue. Now I have a strange and wonderful story ready to tell. At least, it’ll be wonderful as long as I don’t mess it up.

Step 3 was making notes on the characters and locations, and filling out the plot a bit. A dream will give you a great idea, but it doesn’t do the hard work for you.

At this point, I discovered that The Guardian is running a series on writing a novel in 30 days. I’d say it’s a wonderful coincidence, but I should think they’re aware of NaNoWriMo, so it may well not be a coincidence at all. It is wonderful though, take a look.

It’s T-7 days and I feel like I’m on track – let’s see how it goes.

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