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Yes, yes I know, my blog posting for this year’s NaNo was dismal. I had intended to blog before 30th November but I was in Perth for my sister’s wedding and by the time I got home I was exhausted and forgot to blog.

Then by the time I thought of it, the last thing I wanted to do was write. How appalling! But I was in a word induced coma from lots and lots of writing and I was also in a state of shock from having to deal with my family for a whole week. Long story. So I hope you will forgive me for my lacklustre blog contribution for NaNo this year.

Okay so now I’m here, I’m itching to ask the million dollar question… how have you all travelled? Did you ‘win’? Or did you not? Remember, it doesn’t matter either way. I guess the most important question is: did you have fun? Because at the end of the day, having fun is what NaNo is all about. There should be no stress, no comparing yourself to others…just write because you love it and you feel like a challenge.

Whether you won or not, I’m sure you all did brilliantly. The fact that anyone can take the challenge is great in itself.

So my final word count for Nano is…. *drumroll* 76,553!

That word count involves finishing a novel, starting another and getting about half way through it, and continuing existing novels. I have to confess I’m chuffed with my results. Especially since I reached this by the end of week 3 of NaNo. Because I was going away, I had to register my word count before I left. Which is why I said I was in a word coma and didn’t feel like writing. I had tired myself out. Still, it was a lot of fun and I’m only just getting back into writing now. I had taken a few weeks off to recover.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Let me know in the comments below how you travelled.

Have a great day wherever you are and I’ll blog more soon… as soon as I have something worth blogging about!


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So it’s a little over half way through NaNo…how are you all going?

As I’m sure you can tell by my lack of blogs, it’s actually going very well for me. At 1am this morning (Australia time), my word count was 48,442 words, Yep that’s right, I’ve nearly met the 50k goal. Feeling good!

In fact I probably have met it already. I’ve been writing most of today and have probably done nearly 10k.

I don’t want to brag as I know not everyone can do it but I did want to report on my progress.

Just remember, please don’t be ashamed or annoyed if you’re not doing as well as you had hoped. The fact you’re even participating and you’re enjoying it is great. Enjoy NaNo, it’s all for a bit of fun. 🙂

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So everywhere in the world has by now finished day 1 of NaNoWriMo. How did everyone go?

I know I promised an update at the end of day 1 but after a busy day, I just didn’t get time. But it’s still day 2 so I’m not THAT late. 😉

So my results for day 1: I wrote 4,116 words even though I had an insanely busy day. I got nearly all those words down in the last 4 hours of last night. I was tired by the end of it but am glad I got a decent head start.

It’s still day 2, but so far it’s not going well. I’ve only written around 600 words so far but I’m certain I’ll pick up as the night continues. I had a few things to do that was writing related but didn’t count towards my word count then we had to go out. I’ve been able to write this afternoon but have had a few blocks. As long as I get around 2,000 words today I’ll be happy. Tomorrow WILL be a better day, I’ll make sure of it.

I don’t have much to report right now so I’ll update again in a week.

Let me know your progress in the comments below.

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There are only 2 days to go until NaNoWriMo begins. Who’s psyched up for it? I know I am! I’m so keen. Along with NaNo, is my month off work so I’m super keen. Finally I have the whole month to focus on my writing.

As usual, throughout the month of November I will blog about my progress. As I produce a new blog, please let me know in the comments how you’re going too. I love hearing how everyone is doing. Even if you’re not doing well, it doesn’t matter. It’s giving it a go that counts, if you only get 5,000 words written then that’s still great!!

Here’s  recap of my plans for NaNo.

This year I’m writing a brand new story (last year was a rewrite), which is partially planned out. I had hoped to have it fully planned by the 1st but I’ve been so busy at work it just hasn’t happened. I’m not too fazed though. I’ve got about half of the story planned so that’s a start and I can continue planning during November.

My goal, as is everyone’s, is reaching 50,000 words but I’m also planning to go one step further and complete the novel. I’ve been so excited to write this since I had the idea so I’m hoping it’ll flow out of me when I begin. With no work interruptions, I should be able to do a lot better this year with having a lot more writing time.

Okay, so this will be my last NaNo blog until the 1st. I will blog at the end of that day to advise you of my day 1 progress.

For now I must get some work done work as I’ve got lots to do before I finish for a month.

Have a great day or night, wherever you are.

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Yep, it’s that time again…well almost. With only a month and a bit until NaNo commences, it’s time to start planning and thinking about what you’re going to write this year.

Who else is taking part? I am, of course. And what’s even better is this year I’ve got the whole month of November off work. After being at my job for almost 10 years (31st October will be 10 years), my long service leave will become available. Perfect timing too, if you ask me.

Every year I’ve loved participating in NaNo but when I work full time, it’s always such a struggle to meet the word count. I make it nearly every year (apart from 2012 when I first commenced, that was a flop) but it’s still difficult. So I’m hoping this year will be different. I’ll get a lot more writing time and will be able to attend functions set up by the Adelaide NaNo group.

The only time I won’t get to write is at the end of November. I’ll be visiting Western Australia when my sister gets married. I may get some writing done over there but I may not. My aim is to reach 50,000 words before I leave (before the 24th November). Can I do it? Well I’m hoping so!

So who else is taking part in NaNo this year? Do you have a story in mind you want to write or rewrite? Comment below, I’m interested to read what other people are doing. 🙂

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So I had hoped to post more blogs during NaNo but time got away from me. Somehow, I’m not sure how considering how busy November was, I still won NaNo so I’m feeling very accomplished. My final word count was 51,311.

How did everyone else go? Don’t worry if you didn’t ‘win’ as such because even attempting it is still a win. We all understand that life often gets in the way.

By the final week of NaNo, I was 10,000 words down and convinced I wouldn’t make it. The final weekend got me through though. Sunday the 30th November was my mammoth effort where I did nearly 9000 words in one day. It was hard but somehow I managed it. Determination goes a long way.

As I said, don’t worry if you didn’t make it. I know a lot of people feel down if they didn’t win but there’s really no need to be. This is always a bit of fun and there’ll always be next year.

Who actually finished a novel? I didn’t. Yes I met the word count but I certainly didn’t finish it. Still, being at least three quarters of the way through is a huge achievement for me.

Anyhow, this is just a short blog for now. I’ll try and blog more frequently.

Who can believe year is almost over? I know I can’t. I can’t wait for 2015 because I’m  hoping like crazy it’s better than this year!

Bye for now and let me know how you went in NaNo. 🙂

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Okay so we’re into week 2 of NaNoWriMo! How exciting. I still can’t believe it’s come around already. It doesn’t feel like a year since the last NaNo.

How is everyone doing? Are you on track? Are you flagging? Are you wanting to give up? If you’re experiencing any of the last two, never fear. It’s totally natural to feel that way. If you want to see it through though, just take a breather for a day or two then get back into it. You can do this, I know you can.

I’ve joined the NaNo page for Adelaide participants and there are some people who have exceeded 50k already. In fact, one even wrote that in a day! I was flabbergasted by this. When I asked how they achieved it they said, ‘I’m a fast typist and planned my story out really well’. Hmmm well that’s all well and good but in my eyes the way this person said it came across a little—dare I say it?—egotistical. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a phenomenal achievement but it sounded very show offy and let’s be frank, who likes that in a person? I know I don’t.

I’m sure it wasn’t meant to come out that way so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt but it’s something all people need to be mindful of. Don’t boast too loudly. The truth is, I’m a fast typist too (around 100wpm) and I plan my novel out from beginning to end but I didn’t finish my novel in a day. Most of us need the whole of November because we have other things keeping us busy. Work, a family, other commitments.

For anyone who has reached 50k, I’m super happy for you all and it’s a wonderful job well done. All I ask is don’t rub other people’s noses in it. I’m sure most of you don’t but having experienced it once has left quite a sour taste in my mouth.

Anyway, I didn’t come here to whinge. Sorry if it sounded whiny. I came here to report on my progress. After all this is what blogs are about.

So it’s the 10th November and my total word count is—drum roll—19156!

I’m going to be honest. I’m not jumping up and down over that. I had hoped to be at 20k by Sunday but it didn’t happen. You could argue that I’m only 844 words short but that’s 844 words I couldn’t do over the weekend. I love setting and meeting goals but when I don’t it brings me down. In the scheme of things, I suppose it’s actually pretty good but I’m a harsh critic on myself.

I especially want to thank my husband for being so supportive. I’m not sure if he’ll read this, he doesn’t always and that’s fine but if he does then THANK YOU! He’s so understanding and makes sure I’m writing at every possible opportunity. Even when I say ‘let’s do something together’ he just says ‘no you write, we can do something later’. Awww. It means a lot to me and even though I tell him it’s just a bit of fun, he still wants me to do it. I’m determined to make it up to him.

So how is everyone else doing? Don’t worry what you’re word count is. What’s important is that you’re giving it your best, and most importantly….you’re having fun. Just do what you’re capable of and enjoy every moment of it.

Keep strong, don’t give up. You can do this!

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