I’m scribbling from sick bed today. Even being off work I’m still not without work, as the second half of today will be spent doing the graphic design for the upcoming events season publicity. Sigh.

However whilst trying to get my flu wracked body into action my still mobile fingers were able to sign me up for National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. Once again this was inspired by having something appear three times in same month. The cool Factor Fiction people mentioned it to me at FantasyCon, then Mur Lafferty at ‘I Should Be Writing’ made a great case for taking part in NaNo, and two of the subscribers to the Leicester Literature newsletter have also brought it up. I’m starting to notice an important pattern here that suggests I’m allowing my life to be guided by random chance…oh well.

My plan is to use NaNo to cannonball into writing the first draft of SWORD . I’m not sure if this is entirely within the rules as I have already done 10k of a previous version of this book and and will by 1st November also have a 5k outline of the whole book. However, I think something like NaNo is what you make it. I’m going to keep a little journal here on the blog of my NaNo progress over November as well.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo

  1. I’m doing the same thing. My first time and I’m using it to jumpstart my current WIP. I’m also working on hard on my outline and even storyboarding!
    See you at the starting line!
    (BTW My user name is Nienke in case you want to buddy up)



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