This is not the end

A few days ago NaNoWriMo ended and lots of people won by managing to write 50,000 words of a novel. I was not one of those people, however I am determined not to see it as a failure. I’m not entirely sure how many words I’ve managed, I have made it over the 5,000 mark but I have a lot of it written down on scraps of paper and in notebooks, so that number is only what I’ve managed to type out. I also have a bit of an issue in that I started writing the story in third person and at some point this switched to first person, without really noticing that I’d done it. So now I have to decide which I would prefer to continue writing in, I think I’m swaying towards first person but I’m asking advice on that before I commit. I’m tearing my hair out with anxiety totally fine with someone reading two unedited paragraphs

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The dreaded block

I was so energized and had loads of ideas, a well formed plan and fingers ready to type up everything that was popping into my head. However I seem to have got to 4,000 words and got stuck. The thing is the story is there, it’s playing out in my mind like a little movie, the characters are mostly formed and the plot is mapped out, I just can’t get the words down.   I knew that this was a possibility but I thought I would get a little further along in the story before I had a block. So with my NaNoWriMo page telling me that if I don’t get a move on I will finish in April 2017, I had a little look to see what other people suggested for overcoming such troubles. Here is some advice from a variety of sources… Go for a walk Read a book Play games Write away from distractions Try writing at

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As many of you will be aware next month is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, and this year I have decided that I am going to give it a shot. I’ve always had stories in my head and have attempted to try and get them down on paper before, but so far I have not been all that successful. I tend to give up or lose focus too easily, so I thought that having a deadline and a set amount of words to work toward would be helpful. I have been trying my hardest to plan out some of this novel before November, to give myself the best chance, and amongst lots of character profiles and timelines, I had a look on the NaNoWriMo website and discovered that to be able to announce my novel I would need a synopsis. Now I know where my story is going roughly, but I’m definitely of the mind set that I want

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