For the past 30 days I have been slaving away at a keyboard or pen and paper attempting to write a novel. This was the challenge I was set after taking part in an event called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.
This event is where you have to write 50,000 words in 30 days that spans throughout the month of November. You can write whatever you want, whenever you want, but your ultimate goal is the 50k word count. I attempted to undertake this challenge back in 2011 with a story of mine called Cataclysm (since then, it was been renamed to The Grand Cross). I got to about 37k and had to give up, as at that point in time, I was undertaking my A-Levels and couldn’t dedicate time to both of those things. Now that I’m in a full-time job and I don’t need to fret over any exams of coursework, I have a lot of free time on my hands to work towards my goal of publishing a book. And when November came around, I wondered if doing NaNoWriMo would get my creative juices going again.
Back in January, I made one New Year’s Resolution for myself = finish a story idea. Between August and October earlier this year, I wrote a short story called Amity and Cake which is based around experiences with broken trust in friendship. And after I finished that, my mind wandered and started creating Kingdom Calling, which is the heist novel that I worked on throughout November. I was initially very weary of doing NaNoWriMo again, but I had the full support (and constant reminders) of my friends and boyfriend to keep me going.
There were times where I wanted to throw my keyboard out of the window, rip up my writing book and not even bothering to write at all. But I persevered, hoping that I could achieve the 50k mark. And on the 28th…I did!