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NaNoWriMo: Now What?!

So, the last month has been pretty hectic!

As you might know from some of my previous posts, I went into November with a pretty good idea of my next project, a fantasy novel called ‘Dark Age’.

Dark Age CoverI then did my utmost to write around 50k words of that project during November, to really get the ideas on the page and start to work out who the characters are and the journey, both literal and figurative, that they will be taking.

I started out well, storming through my word counts in the first couple of weeks but then I hit a MASSIVE snag.

I caught a chest infection and was pretty much laid out for a good few weeks – I had been slowing down for a while and then I just got hit hard. I don’t think I was the only one! It seemed like everyone I spoke to was ill with coughs, colds, and flu. Sneezy Season had truly set in!

This did slow my progress, but by being forced to walk away from the book gave me some time to think and work through the story I was trying to tell and see where the heart of it was.

This led me towards a huge revelation I really don’t think I would have had if I hadn’t been forced away from my book.

I am not writing one book. I am writing three.

Once I realised I was working on a trilogy and not a single story, everything fell into place! I realised I had a lot more room to explore characters that I could barely touch on inside a novel, I could go inside their heads and really get to know them, spend time with them, and give my readers the chance to meet them and hear their stories as well!

This, of course, means that my project is far larger than anything I have ever worked on before! I will have to write around 200,000 words! This is more than everything I have inspiration collagepublished combined!

But I still think it is the right thing to do, Dark Age cannot be squeezed into one novel, my characters are crying out for more, and I need to listen to them!

So, this is going to be my big project for 2018, and I am really excited about it and I can’t wait to share some of the characters and chapters with you!

Stay tuned! But until then, keep reading!

Did you take part in NaNoWriMo? Do you think you ever will?
Do you know what your plan is going forward?
Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear all about your project!

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Now What?!

  1. Wow, exciting plans for the new year, then! I realised after the first week that I have outgrown NaNoWriMo and it had become more of a habit than a pleasure. I took time out to rethink my situation, and feel so much better for reaching a conclusion. I have enough projects on the go, and I really need to edit and publish some of my earlier novels, so that will be my year ahead sorted… Merry Christmas! 🙂

    1. NaNoWriMo has its uses! I think it is a great time to get encouragement from fellow writers and to really assess what I’m doing. Even if that means I end up changing everything! Good luck with all your editing and publishing; that is a whole different kind of stress 🙂

    1. Thank you! This is going to be a HUGE project and if I think about it too much my head might explode! At the moment I am just getting through, chapter by chapter… let’s see how it goes 🙂

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