NaNoWriMo 2014

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.

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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!

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Taking part in NaNoWriMo this year was one of the most stressful and rewarding things I’ve done in a long time. Writing a book is my ultimate passion and to be able to achieve a full first draft of a story idea in 28 days is a brilliant achievement. My story is nowhere near perfect at the moment since it’s only the first draft, but for what I’ve written in such a short amount of time, I am very proud of myself! If any of you took part in NaNoWriMo this year and you’ve hit the 50k mark, then I send my congratulations!! If you haven’t yet, do not fret! There is always next year and you may even come back to the story you wrote and work it into your masterpiece.
Whether or not I take part next year is another matter for that time, but for now, I have a story to work on and I make a promise to work hard on this new story of mine and get it out in the open very soon.

Have you taken park in NaNoWriMo this year?
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