It’s that time of year again. It’s been that time of year for about 12 days actually and so far it’s going…not bad.
I never like to be too gushy or overly-optimistic when it comes to writing. She’s a bit of a bitch sometimes!
It’s like when you read those celebrity interviews in ‘Hello’ magazine and couples are going on and on about how in love they are and how their souls are entwined forever to soar among the stars… blah, blah, blah.
We all know it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be back on the front pages looking daggers at each other under headlines like ‘Love Rat Horror’ or ‘How Could I Have Ever Thought I Loved That Twat’….
So I won’t say that me and my NaNo project are soulmates or even BFFs but we’re doing okay. It’s early days. The honeymoon period, if you will.
Last year for NaNoWriMo I wrote ‘Horizon’ which (after a lot of editing and some very patient proofreaders) became the first novella in my First Person Singular series on Amazon…
(it still is…feel free to go and buy it if you don’t believe me. No really, go and buy it!)
This time it’s the second one in the series and since I’m up to 21,357 words I thought I’d ‘announce’ the title here…
It’s called (insert your own drum roll)…..
Ta – as they say – dah, right?
‘Horizon’ was an ‘easy’ book to write because the voice is very similar to my own in many ways.
I’ve heard that lots of writers do that, start with the familiar and then go further afield. A bit like serial killers…
This time the voice is very much not my own and that made for some sticky moments in the first few days. And for ‘sticky moments’ read ‘bit of a meltdown’.
There was a strong feeling of ‘can I do this?’ mixed in with some ‘was Horizon just a fluke?’ and a side order of ‘why am I even doing this to myself?’.
Then a couple of things happened.
I dug out my paperback copy of ‘Horizon’ and realised I have done it.
Two of my short plays got performed in London on the same night.
And I found the voice.
(I know that’s three things but no-one expects the Spanish Inquisition)
Since then I’ve been off and running. There’s still those moments of staring into space and times when I can easily find 101 other things to distract me (writing a blog for instance) but it’s coming along.
We’ll get there, me and her.
My aim is to do the 50,000 before we head off to Cape Town at the end of the month and then leave it to sit in a drawer over Christmas and New Year. In January I’ll read it through and edit the arse off it so I can get it published and move on to the last one in the series before we leave Africa.
Did I tell you we’re leaving Africa next summer?
That’s for another blog.
Also, we finally got our car back…with one last little #Africa moment.
That’s also for another blog.
So the next time I want to distract myself I’ll fill you in on The Other News, but for now it’s back to my Regular Programming…how many words will I get done today, I wonder.
And how many of them will be any good.
(don’t answer that)