Sunday, 1 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 - In the beginning...

nanowrimo challenge 2015

Once upon a time there was a girl who lived, breathed and consumed all things creative, who wrote for hours on end, studied the craft of writing and was even given some papers and letters after her name for doing so. From scripts to poetry, fiction and ramblings, she filled notebooks with ideas, characters, snippets of scenes where the boy didn’t always get the girl, and the fantastical lived next door. But then things changed. She changed. And writing wasn’t what it once was. It wasn’t an escape, her pen leaked, her notebooks stuffed to the back of a cupboards. Her creative juices - dry. She lost her mojo.

And now she wants it back. 

For anyone who knows what NaNoWriMo is then the word presumably sends chills down your spine and kicks the butterflies off in your stomach, for good and bad reasons. Right now, I feel a little sick at the thought of what the coming month is going to bring.

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month is a fingers frantically tapping away at the keys from 1st - 30th November, insane, tearful, joyous, what the hell just happened, 30 days of creativity to get to the 50,000 words finish line. 50,000 words in 30 days. Easy peasy, right? Wrong!

I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo on the past and my highest word count has been 25,000. I haven’t attempted it for over 3 years. I haven’t attempted writing anything outside of this blog in over 3 years. So it’s kind of a big deal.

I want to make it to the finish line so badly, I want to find that fire I once had when it comes to writing. Sure, writing reviews and what not on the blog is fun, but it’s not the same as crafting a world from scratch on the blank page. Giving actual life to a character of my own creation and taking them on a journey to who knows where. 

So, I guess this is my way of making myself accountable. I’ll be doing check-in posts every Sunday, updating my word count and undoubtedly questioning why the hell I’m putting myself through this. I have no plans, no plot, no problem…right?

If your up for the challenge, you want to stretch those creative legs or just give something new a try then head on over to the official, sign up, let me know and we can be in this madness together! I promise copious amounts of tea, gin, cookies, late night write-a-thons, a few tears and one hell of a ride.

At the time of this post going live my word count currently stands at: 0

Until next time,


  1. Ah, how exciting! I'm really looking forward to finding out how you get on. Do we get to read the finished piece at the end of November?

    1. I might share the odd snippet or two, it all depends on what I end up coming up with! I know whatever it is will need a hell of a lot or revising but I'm really hoping I'll have something to work with and who knows!

      Sarah :)

  2. I've heard of this from when I used to be really involved in online lit community, but I never tried it as I knew I'd fail. What are you writinhinhitnhsnhnorsgnirsnghisrnghn about.

    Good luck!

    Corinne x

    1. As if you would fail at NaNoWriMo! You kick ass at every challenge you take on! I have NO IDEA what I'm writing, I'm just winging it and hoping for the best!

      Sarah :)