NaNo…its a bigger thing than the name suggests.

Almost one third into NaNoWriMo and I’m about 5500 words up on my novel. That is about 10,000 words off the NaNo pace, but I’m averaging 600 words a day, which given everything else I have been doing over these nine days is really not too bad. I’m also pretty happy with what those words say. I have characters. I have a plot. I have themes. I even have some quite nice prose going on in places. This is starting to look like a novel!

I’m not expectig to get to 50,000 words, but neither am I rejecting the possibility. But if I can carry on at this pace and quality, I’ll be extremely happy. I may also stop and revise if and when I get to 15,000, as its possible I might have located someone who is actually interested in reading them!


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.


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