On Writing


I can’t believe a week of Nanowrimo has already passed.

And since this is the first November in a long time where I’ve had lots and lots of free time, I wanted to set an even harder challenge than usual and aim to reach 50,000 words a few days before November 30th.

So far, we’re looking good.


The first few days of writing your novel are, for me, the best days. I’m so excited to unravel a story that I don’t want to stop. I know the basic premise but I haven’t figured out each and every scene, so one will just come to me and I’ll think “Right! Get it on the page!” I’ve only recently delved into the world of novel planning and so far I really enjoy it. I began one for Royal Blood, but then suddenly November 1st arrived and I was spending too much time on the plan and not enough on the actual story.

At the moment, I’m just letting a million thoughts enter my brain, a lot of ‘What if THIS happened’ moments and then just letting it happen because hey, it’s just a first draft!

So Thursday 3rd November was the most productive writing day. The previous day I’d been in Oxford all day, and so needed to play catch up. However, I got so in the zone that I managed to beat Friday’s goal as well! I’m currently one day ahead, and working towards the next day’s goal each day, which is a pace I’d like to keep.

Of course, every week there are distractions, and this week was the reality television show Dance Moms. I used to be into the show so much a few years ago, but I stopped watching when I couldn’t binge watch because I’d watched them all (and because I’d discovered The Real Housewives of Orange County), but now I’m back down the rabbit hole and it’s awful. It eats up writing time, and so I’m trying to use it as a reward rather than as a thing that could physically minimize MS Word.

I’ve been letting music and Pinterest inspire me the most, as usual, and so;




If you want to know more about my novel, I wrote a little summary in my Nanowrimo intro post. How is your novel going? Do you find having a deadline works for you? Good luck and see you in week two!

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  1. Alex @ WhimsyPages

    November 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    This is amazing 🙂 Good luck!!

  2. SteviesBookshelf

    November 7, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Mine is awful. I haven’t made any progress since day two. This is my first year trying to actually write and I’m not sure if its something I’m made for :/

    1. hollie (hollieblog)

      November 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

      It might just be because you’re struggling particularly with Nanowrimo; maybe the deadline? the daily goals? Some people don’t do well in Nanowrimo because of the pressure to have something there, when many stories take a lot of time. Since this is your first time writing, why don’t you set a goal that’s more realistic for you (if that’s the problem). Also, if I’m struggling to get my story down, I just open up a new page and write anything that comes to mind, even if it’s just describing the weather or writing how my day#s been. That way, I don’t have to be so imaginative if I’m not feeling it, but it still gets me prepared for writing. I wouldn’t stress or get frustrated with it too much, because writing is supposed to be fun, but it’s not fun for everyone, and that’s ok.

      (I am not a writing coach, remember that when you read this advice ;))

      1. SteviesBookshelf

        November 7, 2016 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you so much!! It just felt a little weird because I’m used to writing about stuff that actually happened. Not that I was going for fantasy, because lord knows I didn’t have any ideas for that haha

        I think I will lower my own personal goal and not make it so daunting (and if I hit 50,000 that’ll be a pleasant surprise!)

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