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Like many others, I have recently discovered that it is December.  Which means it’s no longer November.

Here, in no particular order, are some things which I learnt (or had re-affirmed) during this past month.

  • Practice helps.  My writing, I feel, was distinctly better at the end of the month than at the beginning.
  • If you’re behind on your word-count, and you actually have a deadline, somehow blogging doesn’t seem quite as important any more.
  • Even when typing fast I still can’t leave spelling mistakes uncorrected.
  • If you know vaguely where the story is going it’s easier to write it.
  • With my life, 1667 words every single day is pushing it slightly.  But I can write 6000 words in one day if I don’t have anything else to do. (I know this because on Friday evening I was at 33,175; 5,166 behind par.  By Saturday evening I was only 825 behind par.  And also exhausted.)
  • The more I write, the more I want to write.  Up to a point.
  • Having someone else in the house who is also writing a lot helps.  But if that other person spends less time at work than you do, you shouldn’t even try to keep up.
  • Scrivener counts words in a very similar way to the NaNoWriMo validator.  I gained only 34 words during the transition.  Mr H, using another program, gained several thousand.
  • The prize is lots of words on a page, not this:



Of course, 50,000 words is not enough for a proper novel these days, so my story is not yet complete.  Some of the characters haven’t even met each other yet (though to be fair, they aren’t scheduled to until very near the end).  Without the pressure of deadlines, will I be able to keep up a reasonable pace?  Only time will tell.

The Author

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something martial artist who runs two Brownie packs and works full time. She somehow still finds time to write.

Her favourite genres are near-future and alternate world science fiction and fantasy.

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