Checking In; part 3

Wheresoever the mind wanders, there shall it reign—latest news from J.R. Bournville

So here we are, at the end of October already. It continually surprises me how time flies when you’re busy.

I’ve spent this last month working on a plan for my entry to this year’s National Novel Writing Month competition. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an annual event in which writers around the world join together in a frenzy of creativity. Within the 30 days of November each one of them aims to write 50,000 words of a first draft of a new piece of fiction.

As I’ve said in my earlier posts, this year marks the first time I’ve attempted to plan my writing. I’ve spent the month of October contemplating characters and plot, attended to tension and excitement, all while weighing entertainment value against plausibility. With only a handful of hours to go until the official kick-off of NaNoWriMo 2015 I sit here, quietly optimistic.

However, I’ve not been able to plan into too much detail. A part of my creative side rails against the notion of a fully planned story. I can’t imagine relinquishing the spontaneity of writing entirely. Even so, I have overcome at least some of that reluctance and achieved much more than I’d expected.

Saved in my NaNoWriMo 2015 folder are my varied and valuable notes. I still have a lot of the storyline to discover whilst writing—something that I deeply enjoy—but I shall do so with the occasional signpost to guide me long the way. Things like my main characters, and a few of the settings, have much more colour to their sketches and detail to their descriptions.

I have to admit that, based on this past month, I think I’ve been converted. I can’t imagine myself attempting to write now without having at least thought my ideas through beforehand. This last month has gone so fast, but I know these last hours will stretch and linger. I’m chomping at the bit and eager to set to writing.

So, what is my NaNoWriMo 2015 entry all about? For now I’m not going to say much beyond that it is a contemporary political thriller set in the UK.

Best of luck to all who’ve decided to take part in NaNoWriMo this year. Each and every word you write during the month is a success in itself. I’ll meet you at the finish line on the first of December; we’ll celebrate our victories together in style.

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