To do or not to do: NaNoWriMo 2017

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been pondering about participating in NaNo this year. I’ve been participating for the last 7 years and I look forward to November every year, but this year, I am a little skeptical. That’s why I’m sitting here going ‘to do or not to do?’

*shrugging* Maybe I’ll know by this weekend, but what about you? Are you participating in NaNo next month?

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What I learned from this year’s NaNoWriMo…

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This year, my writing took another turn for the scary side. I’ve never written a thriller before and it’s not a genre I specifically like. Yet, I found myself writing Obsédé, a Paris-based thriller and I shared a few largely unedited excerpts with my friends and family and they like it. This had given me a lot of confidence during the challenge.

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Writing may have to take a backseat for a while because life is just getting in the way. If I get to write freely for two hours, I consider it an accomplishment. During the month of November, I was too tired on evenings when I got home from work to write or even update my blog. I guess it’s now safe to say that my Novembers are only going to get more hectic.

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I love writing, but I cannot see myself leaving my job to be a committed full-time writer. I don’t have the energy for meeting required deadlines. But I’d like to have a cool introduction like Rick Castle! 😛

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And my writing just keeps on improving, so this is a MAJOR PLUS for me! The theme was in between light and dark and I think I’ve managed to capture the concept fine. I am extremely proud of how the first draft is turning out. 

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Well, I am happy to discover that my writing abilities are not limited and I am looking forward to working on Obsédé in the near future. It’s been a real blast this NaNo!


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NaNoWriMo: in conclusion

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Two days aback, I posted about the set back I was having in completing the challenge due to Microsoft Office not responding on my laptop. I’ll be taking it to my IT guy next week for a check, but at the moment I’ve fixed the issue temporarily.

On deadline day, I was planning to write 10,000 words, given that I’ve done it already. However, this time around it was not to be. I had to work and it was very hectic so I didn’t get the writing done. When I got home, I was not well (putting in 4-5 hours of sleep a night will do that to you!) so I wrote a few thousand words, updated my status and went to bed.

I’ve written 44,643 words this year for NaNo. This is the first time that I didn’t win, but I don’t feel disappointed. I was happy to do this challenge regardless of what was going on in my life and it’s an achievement that I am proud of. I haven’t touched the story since then and I am going to spend the weekend recuperating. 

Congrats to every participant and winners this NaNo! This does not mean that you can stop writing. The journey is just starting.

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NaNoWriMo update!

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This is just a quick update.

I am currently close to 40,000 words, but my Microsoft Office suddenly stopped working and I am very angry right now. Right now, I’m like ‘AAAAHHH!!’

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I made a commitment this month to write 50,000 words and just when I am so close, problems arise. I have to rest for work in the morning, but it’s almost midnight here and I am repairing Office (at least this is still better than losing work). It makes me feel like…

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Writing 10,000 plus words in one day can be done. I’ve done it before and I am going to do it again. There is no way I am going to call it quits. Yes, I had my health problems. Yes, I was distracted. Yes, work and life got in the way. But this does not end here.

November went by so quickly, that I hardly had the time to breathe. I apologize for the lack of posts, but after NaNo, I’ll be sure to get back into the swing of things. I also apologize for not reading some of the blogs like I should.

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