It is nearly November and that means it’s nearly time for the annual NaNoWriMo writing challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I’ve taken part in this challenge many times since 2010 and some of the books started in November have been published.
2010 – Pendle Cottage – 52,000 words written.
2011 – Wickenham Court – 50, 168 words written.
2012 – Written in the Coffee – 50,024 words written.
2013 – Millie’s War and Strange Inheritance – 50,106 words written.
2014 – Who is Harry Dixon? – 50,071 words written – This novel became my first published novel as The Girl on the Beach after winning the Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition in 2016.
2015 – Divided Hearts – 50,278 words written
2016 – Mandy’s Story – 50,050 words written – This novel became my fourth published novel Sunny Days at the Beach published by Choc Lit in 2020.
2017 – Family Lost and Family Found – 33,352 words written.
2020 – Buzz’s Story – 50,019 words written.
2021 – Experiment – 13,217 words written.
So, since 2010, I’ve clocked up 449,285 words written in November months as part of this challenge. The years I didn’t make the 50,000 word target were years when other things ended up taking priority in my life.
Having not reached the target in 2021 and having such a turbulent year in 2022 make me slightly nervous to take part this year, but I’ve decided that I’m going to go for it and try something a little different too. I remind myself that even if I don’t write the full 50,000 words the words I do write are still valuable.
If you fancy a go at the writing challenge then check out the NaNoWriMo website here.
I start work on a new project Disappearing to Find Myself on Tuesday 1 November 2022. Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how I get on …