Extreme writing challenge – how did I do?

How not to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

One month. 50,000 words.

That’s how it’s supposed to be done. But, me being me, I opted to do it differently.

I tried to tackle the 23 chapters that still needed editing. 

How did I get on?

28,000 new words. Almost as many revised ones. So, I hit the word target easily, despite it being a hectic month work wise and stack of personal challenges. 

Of the 23 chapters, I edited only 5. Sounds like a massive failure, right? 

Nope – it’s nowhere near as many as I would like but I tackled some incredibly difficult edits and think I have a much better book as a result. 

Just need to keep going now.

In other news, I’m still on the British Fantasy Society Emerging Horizons list. They will be producing an anthology showcasing the best emerging British Fantasy talent in 2019. This is kind of ironic as one of their reviewers seemed to dislike to my debut novel because it wasn’t ‘fantasy’ enough (sure, it doesn’t contain dragons and wizards), and hinted at self-publish bias. But hey, I remain incredibly honoured and privileged to be on the BFS list and books are such personal things, that you can’t please every reviewer, right?

Lovely catching up with you. Keep reading. Keep writing. 


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