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NaNoWriMo week three: capitulation

After just over 25,000 words, I’m calling it quits on NaNoWriMo 2017. It was always going to be a tall order, if I’m honest – I noted before I began1 that I don’t have anywhere near as much spare time as I did last time I completed

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NaNoWriMo – mid-month progress report

After the near-effortless progress of the first week, I expected the second week to go just as easily. But my progress is slowing and I’m finding it more difficult to hit my daily goal. The mathematics of NaNoWriMo are pretty simple: you have to average a shade over 1,

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NaNoWriMo – week one progress report

It’s been seven days of crazed literary abandon so far – except that it hasn’t. My memories of National Novel Writing Month involve late-night typing marathons, commiserating over lack of inspiration or poor word counts online, and vast amounts of coffee. The same has usually been true of fiction

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Why I’ll be attempting NaNoWriMo this year

For the fourth time in fifteen years, I’ll be attempting to write 50,000 words of fiction this November. Here’s why, and what I hope to achieve. Cast your mind back to the 1st of November 2002. Chances are, your life was very different then; I know mine