NaNoWriMo – reflection on 2017

You would think writing 50,000 words would be easier than this…

I’m a NaNoWriMo winner

Yes, I finished the NaNoWriMo month with 51,416 words in the bag.

So, yet again, I’m a NaNo winner! That’s quite an achievement because most people who start off writing in NaNoWriMo never make it to the 50K word mark,

And yet… and yet… it was hard for me this year.

Ruth Livingstone, writer, author and bloggerWords that wouldn’t flow.

51,416 words is a good total for one month, but last year I wrote 61,500 words for NaNo, and the year before I wrote 63,400. In those other years, the words just flew.

ant_LIThis year I stumbled and hesitated and edited and got frustrated with myself — and only just made it to the finish line because I was determined this would not be the first year I failed at NaNoWriMo.

I’ve been doing NaNo since 2010, with one year off due to onerous NHS commitments, and so this is my seventh year.

You might think it would get easier. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo – reflection on 2017”

Writing in November: update day

Seems wrong to be writing this so long before the end of the month, but the last Friday of November has arrived. Actually, it’s been and gone, and I’m late in posting this, and that sort of sums up my life at the moment.

How’s my NaNoWriMo novel going?

Frustratingly I’m still behind the target word count, although I am slowly catching up. Usually I’m well ahead by this stage of NaNoWriMo. But, I’m not despondent.

  • The story I’m writing is actually making sense.
  • I’m sticking to the outline plan – the one I wasted spent the first two days of the month putting together
  • I’m optimistic I’ll finish the 50,000 words in time.
  • And I’ve written 37,000 words already, which is 37,000 more than on the 1st of November!

Ruth Livingstone, writer, author and bloggerWhat’s slowing me down? This is the second novel in a sci-if series, and so I find I must keep rereading and checking facts from the first novel.

Interestingly, I often read passages from the first novel and realise I have no conscious recollection of writing certain events in the story at all!

I guess that’s what they mean when they say that sometimes stories write themselves. Or, perhaps I’m developing early dementia…?

Ruth Livingstone, writer, author and bloggerOn a more gloomy note, the host of this ‘Do you have Goals?’ blog hop, Misha, is having some serious personal difficulties, and that means these updates may lose their momentum. It is Misha’s gentle reminders that force me to post my monthly round ups. I hope her absence is only temporary, I hope she finds a way out of her current troubles, and I hope our little writing community will continue.

How is everybody else’s writing going?










October Writing Update: editing progress

Still working on that final, final draft.

It’s time to post an update on my writing for the 5 Year Project Do You Have Goals? blog hop. My goal is to write a novel (done) and get it published (working on it).

I’ve just finished editing chapter four of the final, final draft of the Orbital Contract. Feel ashamed not to have finished the whole novel by now, but I’ve been busy with the new grandbaby, dog walking, and enjoying Manchester. Continue reading “October Writing Update: editing progress”

September update: mostly moving

Ruth Livingstone, writer, author and bloggerBad Month for Writing

Oh, no! It’s time for the 5 Year Project monthly update.

Sadly, I’ve not achieved much over the past two months, from the point of view of writing. Family and life events have taken all my attention. Continue reading “September update: mostly moving”