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Fri Oct 29 2021

Get Support with NaNoWriMo Letters

Hey friends, I have some exciting news to share with you today!


If you've been in the writing community for some time then you'll know that November is a special time of the year – it's National Novel Writing Month (fondly known as NaNoWriMo).


Inspired by novelist Nicola Monaghan's idea to miniblog throughout the period, I have decided to write (almost) daily letters, right here in my newsletter, to chart my own #NaNoWriMo experience and offer my support to everyone else who will be scribbling away too.


What is NaNoWriMo?


According to NaNoWriMo.org:

“National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel.”

Writing can be an incredibly lonely experience. With NaNoWriMo it doesn't have to be. Setting a target (not necessarily 50K if that's not your vibe) can spur you on and having others to share your experience with can hold you accountable, help you feel seen, and keep you going.


The event is huge in the writing community and a fantastic way to connect with fellow authors and book nerds. You can use the hashtag #NaNoWriMo on Twitter and Instagram to find thousands of people, like us, who are ploughing their way through a story. We exchange tips, share ideas and hype each other up. It's fabulous!


What's your plan, Batman?


Well Robin, I'm glad you asked. I've been preparing an idea throughout October. I’m going easy on myself by planning to write a novella. If I manage 15K then I’ll be satisfied. It’s been a while since an idea has really got me in its clutches, I don’t want to scare it off!


I spent #Preptober daydreaming, moodboarding and disappearing into playlists on walks. At the moment, it’s along the lines of #TheOthers meets #TheMinaturist meets #TheSecretGarden. A spooky historical fiction about grief, women and youth, set in a mysterious manor in the British countryside. Very fitting for the time of year.


my NaNoWriMo 2021 moodboard