NaNoWriMo – Update

Completed the necessary50k words by 22nd November, so the pressure is off in that respect. The total word count for Book Without a Story is now around 72k, which is pretty good for a first draft and done in a very short time, so I’m pretty happy with that.

The big problem at the moment is the ending, what I currently have feels a bit weak, almost just allowing the story to drift off into the sunset, so I’m casting about for a new, more dynamic conclusion,

Not to worry, something will come to me or at least I hope it will. Once it does I’ll start thinking about editing and re-writing, some of the sections will benefit greatly from more work, I’m sure.

Book Without a Plot – 02

The working title for the NaNoWriMo project says all you really need to know about this piece. (for the moment, at least).

It’s progressing well. I’m aiming to complete the first draft by the end of November. I’ve set my usual overall target for the novel of 80k words and I currently need to complete rather less than 1700 words a day to achieve that figure.

As I’m also using this work as a project in this years NaNoWriMo, I need to manage a total of 50k words during the month. At the current rate of around 2200 a day, I’m on target to manage the 50k by about the 21st of the month. Which is achievable and pretty gratifying if I can manage it.

The only issue currently is that the Main Character is now waiting on a contract being delivered. nothing much can happen until that arrives, so I’m sort of marking time until then. I guess I shouldn’t give in and introduce too many new characters at this stage. So I’ll see if i can just jump the clock forward a few days and keep the momentum going.


Okay, so it’s now the 6th of November and I’m six days into the NaNo thing. Currently standing at just over 13k words, which is ahead of schedule for the month. Apparently we need 1667 words a day average to hit the target.

I’ve also set myself n 80k word target for the whole book, and an intention to finish that by 30th November. I actually started the writing before 1st Nov so I’m approaching 40k in that target as well.

Feeling pretty confident with both targets at the moment, just waiting to see what real life will put in the way.

The basic story is going well. It’s split itself quite neatly into three parts, the introduction where Simon, the main character decides to make his mark on the literary world. The second part, curently in progress) where his mark is found and acted on by others, and the third part where the consequences are worked out.