How much is too much?

I am feeling good. I have nearly – and by nearly I mean there are less than 10,000 words left – nearly finished the first draft of my first full length novel. It is a project I have been working on since January and I love it very much but boy will I be relieved when I can print out the whole darn thing. Yes, I then have the very long and painful processing of rewriting and editing but that seems like a real breeze compared to getting the words out in the first place. So what am I doing? Not writing, no. Planning my next few projects.

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Off to Camp I go

Those who have been following this blog will remember back in November I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and managed to write 30,000 words of a novel in just a month. While this was technically a failure by their standards (you’re supposed to hit 50k) I was pretty chuffed to get that much down in such a short space of time. I haven’t looked at it since, being too occupied with uni work and the novel I’m writing for one of my modules to even think about editing.

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I am, however, desperate to finish both of these novels. I love the story for both of them and have had many people interested in the concept of both of them, saying they would love to read them when they are written. So, despite the dissertation (and the other 12,000 words of other assignments) I have signed myself up to Camp NaNoWriMo. Basically, it’s the same as November, with a few minor changes. Most importantly for me this time, you can choose your own word count. So I can choose an achievable amount of words each day and still be able to focus on my uni work… in theory!

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Sneaky peeks

Ok so I’m offering you all a deal.  If I can get the likes on my ‘professional’ Facebook page up to 100 I will post the opening of my new novel ‘The Cyborg Act’ here for you all to read and enjoy.  But I need all of your help to get those likes up!  So please, share my page, publicise this blog and help me get my words out there into the big wide world!  The page people need to head to is here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natasha-Mcgregor/263172860474196

Thank you all in advance, and hopefully very soon there’ll be some real writing here for you to enjoy.

NaNoWriMo so far…

So this year I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place every year during the month of November.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days by hitting daily targets.  It breaks it down into pretty manageable chunks of about 1,600 words a day so that by the end of the month you have yourself a brand new novel (or more like a novella but still, a full length story).  Of course I don’t have enough going on at the moment, with university, work, blogging, volunteering and article writing so it seemed like a good idea.  What have I let myself into!

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The idea I’m working with is one that has been with me for some months now.  I’ve been gradually building up the storyline in my mind so that when I decided to do NaNo, around the beginning of October, I was pretty confident I had a story I could work with.  I jotted down the key plot points and decided to leave the rest to chance.  During NaNo you are either known as a planner or a pantser – I think I slotted nicely into the middle this time.

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