Have you ever said, “I’m gonna write a book, one day” or maybe, “I’d love to write a book, but I don’t have the time.”? Well, the National Novel Writer’s Month Challenge is your opportunity to knuckle on down and do it!

Every November the National Novel Writer’s Month is the chance for you to put your money where your mouth is, and write that book in a month – 30 days – November.

The challenge is simple – write 50,000 words and have your word count validated before midnight on the last day. That’s an average of 1667 words each day. The prize – the satisfaction of doing it, knowing that you have written that book (although 50k words is short by today’s mega-novel standards), and the entitlement to download Winners Logos – like this one.

NaNoWriMo 2008

This was my first year with NaNo, its tenth anniversary, and my book has a working title of The Longcase Clock. It is a story of intrigue and mystery. What starts as an adult education course ends as a thrilling adventure, where our heroine, Ivy Watts, a country hedge-witch, saves her friend from a painful death at the hands of an evil cult … unfortunately managing to destroy the university in the process.

It stood at 51,376 words at the end of the challenge and was in its raw, first draft form. My plan for 2009 is to edit it and polish it to make it the best I can.

Will it ever be published? Who knows, but when it is discovered in someone’s attic in a hundred years it may be regarded as collectable.

Will I do the NaNoWriMo challenge again? Maybe – let’s see what the year brings and if I’ve got a spare few hours, I might knock out another novel.

It’s easy when you know how!

( visit for full details )

PS: I’ve signed up for Nano 2009!


Well, that’s two years now! This time the novel is a sci-fi thriller with the working title of Dust to dust. It ran to 51,600 words.

It all happens in the near future at a moon base being prepared for onward exploration of the Solar System. Our hero, a safety engineer,  is called to the base to investigate a suspicious death at the facility. The death toll doubles before he gets there.

I have been fortunate in having the raw, first draft critiqued by an acquaintance, with favourable feedback.  Sufficient for me to want to edit it and polish it. I hope to get it to a standard to take up the free offer from CreateSpace and get a free book to put on my shelf.

I haven’t edited last years entry, The Longcase Clock, (…yet…) so let’s see if I can get Dust to dust in print – even if it is only a single freebee!

June 2010 – update … Draft copy of Dirty Bomb (title changed to protect the innocent) printed – looks good!

Update: December 2010 – Nano not completed.

Update: December 2011 – Nano not completed – again.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo”

  1. And what about 2012? Gonna go for it?

    • Now you got me there! I don’t have a story in my mind, but I do have a couple of characters that need exercise. If I can get my other bits out of the way in time I’ll give it a go. I have logged in to the Nano site, just gotta psyche myself up to late nights an a lot of coffee.

      How about you?

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