The ups and downs of NaNoWriMo 2011

Today I met up with three other local NaNo participants. We enjoyed a cup of coffee together at the Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough and, importantly, we did a solid two and a half hours of writing.

national novel writing month participant badge for 2011Well, I have nearly caught up with my NaNoWriMo word count. After a few days of hectic writing, I am only 3000 or so words behind where I should be.

Today I met up with three other local NaNo participants. We enjoyed a cup of coffee together at the Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough and, importantly, we did a solid two and a half hours of writing. One of our members had finished her 50,000 words already, and spent the time planning her novel in her notebook. She writes different scenes in a non-consecutive manner and her task in the next few weeks will be to assemble what she has done into some sort of order.

I write sequentially. Although, in a bid to actually finish my novel, I am tempted to follow some of the ‘pep-talk’ advice supplied by Chris Baty. He suggests finishing the novel, even if there are sections you have not fully fleshed out during the NaNo month. With the ending down on paper, you have at least a finished story to start playing with.


Progress in the NaNo month has been up and down for me. Actually, mainly down, as this nifty NaNoWriMo calendar widget demonstrates. The red colour, in case you haven’t guessed, is bad!

Anyway: onward and forward. Keep writing.

And this year, I promise myself I will finish the damn thing.

Author: Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, Doctor, woman, etc.

2 thoughts on “The ups and downs of NaNoWriMo 2011”

  1. You are doing really well! Don’t forget, while we are writing this novel, we all have ‘lives’ going on too…

    This is my second NaNoWriMo, I did manage to finish last year, but the novel is still not finished, and I think this is because I never got to the end of the story during November. Therefore, I shall be trying to follow the above advice. I so want to have a proper ending this year.

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