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Taking up the NaNoWriMo challenge

November is National Novel Writing month (better know as NaNoWriMo) and I have decided to take part for the first time. The challenge of writing at least fifty thousand words in thirty days is a major one for me since I have never managed a sustained rate in excess of a thousand words a day.

Why am I doing it? I have been stuck in editing my first novel for what feels like forever, yet I have other ideas burning to be written. This is a way to take one of them, tentatively titled “Nightspore’s Angel”, through first draft.

Writing any of the manuscript beforehand is not allowed but preparation of ideas, plot and scene outlines and character skteches is permitted. To prepare, I am using the Scrivener template and Snowflake method referred to in earlier posts to undertake the necessary thinking. So far, up to snowflake step 4, I have a one page summary of the plot and outline sketches of the major characters.

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