…and so it comes.

NanoWriMo is almost upon us. It lumbers towards us over the October hill and stares us down. I’ve tried (and failed) with NanoWriMo in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Last year was the closest I got at around 35,000 words. That was a book that I planned quite hard, though not — it seems — enough. So then, planning. I’ve thought quite hard about 2016. There are a few book ideas rattling around my head but I think the best bet it to revisit the idea from the 2012. I think the idea is sound but the book I was writing back then was funny (or I thought so) but the idea itself didn’t really lend itself to humour.

I’m a software developer by trade and so I approach writing in the same way that I approach software. I’ve broken the 50,000 words down into twenty-five chapters of 2,000 words each. I have twenty-three of the chapter titles down and within each chapter there are five ‘scenes’, so structurally speaking the book is plotted. That said; the best laid plans and all of that. The idea of blocking it out into 400 word scenes makes it feel more manageable.

I know from previous years I’m a slow writer and despite the fact that you’re just supposed to bash away at the keyboard and get the numbers down that’s not how I’m built. Realistically I’m not going to be able to write for more than two hours a day (though I don’t work on Wednesdays, so they may be my ‘catch up’ days). Thirteen words a minute is the pace I’ll be going for.

I will try and write in Medium on each day of NanoWriMo and describe the progress, or lack of it that I’m making.

Here’s to 2016.

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