One more day of freedom before the tyranny of the National Novel Writing Month takes over! The idea is simple, you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November; the original idea was fifty thousand words of a new novel, but that has modified slightly – I guess because people have so many and varied writing projects, so now it is 50,000 new words!
I’d thought about doing it for a couple of years, but had jibbed, thinking it impossible. However, in 2013 I took the plunge – and to my amazement was successful! I’ve done it every year since, but I think this may be my last; I have so many projects, I don’t think I can do them and NaNo as well, but we will see.
- 2013: ‘Radwinter’ – genealogical mystery. 73026 words
- 2014: ‘Raddy and Syl’ – genealogical mystery: Thomas has traced his paternal ancestors to 1830’s war-torn Europe; he has followed his maternal line and found murder and betrayal. Now he needs to look closer to home, to discover the truth about the people who brought him up, Edward and Sylvia Radwinter, Raddy and Syl, in order to find out who he really is. 50,092 words
- 2015: ‘Earthquake’ – genealogical mystery: stalker stalked… maybe… 53030 words
- 2016: ‘And the river’ – memoir: This is a meander, not sure where it is going or what will be seen, from it or in it… This began as a story of my life and that of my family, told through the rivers I have been connected with… as with real rivers, it went its own way and covered a lot of ground… and it hasn’t yet reached its end! 51282 words
I plan to continue my story of Gus, the mysterious lonely man who wanders the salt marshes, but I also have the story of Theo, the Danish singer who ends up in my fictitious town of Easthope… I will have to wait until November 1st to see what happens!
If you want to read my genealogical mysteries, plus Magick which I worked on through Camp NaNo in 2014, here is a link: