I thought I’d use this blog post to talk a little bit about the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) process, which created The Angelic Debt.

NaNoWriMo is an international challenge which was taken up by about 25,000 people last year. It runs every November, and the idea is to start with a blank white page on the first of the month, and finish with at least a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30.

I can’t remember how I first heard about it, but I think there was an article in a national paper. I’d had ideas about writing something for a long time, but never really got around to it, then figured since I was 30, it seemed like a good milestone to have a go at writing my first book!

The month pretty much flies by, and it’s made worse by the fact that life doesn’t stop. You’ve still got work, family commitments and sleep, and you’ve got to try to fit in at least 1,667 words for every day of the month. It wasn’t always easy, and I hadn’t really planned ahead. I had the basic idea of Heaven not being all it was cracked up to be, and the creation of Hellbound souls, but that was pretty much it before I sat in front of the laptop and made a start. (In the competition, that’s known as being a ‘pantser’, one who flies by the seat of their pants. You’re either a planner or a pantser, apparently.)

But I carried on, as did about half the entrants, and finished the first draft a day ahead of deadline, before collapsing into a heap with a bottle of cheap red. I then sent copies to a couple of friends and asked for their feedback, and put it away for a couple of months while they read it.

That’s it for now, but next time, I’ll talk a little bit about some of the changes between the drafts. As alwa

 





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