I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out while keeping child-like creativity alive!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Have fun looking around 🙂

 

00

Should I do NaNoWriMo?

If you have no clue what I’m talking about and wondering What is NaNoWriMo? Then here’s a quick answer: it’s short for National Novel Writing Month. In November writers all round the world get their pens and keyboards at the ready and try to write 50,000 words. There’s a website for support and to help track your word count, and little groups get together in real life for writing sessions. Now that November is approaching fast, I’m wondering if I should get with the programme….

I actually completed the challenge two years ago for an alternative history fantasy novel. I was really chuffed with myself and over the following year I carried on and finished the first draft and properly sketched out my characters. In November last year I attempted to edit and type up what I’d done, but failed miserably. Life and work just got in the way, and this has more-or-less continued and my novel and all its notebooks have not been looked at much at all recently. This seems a shame as I’m really happy with what I’ve done so far and I’d love to have a finished book I can start sending off to agents and publishers.

What is NaNoWriMo?

What is NaNoWriMo?

I’m going to Blogfest in November where people might have the chance to pitch a book to Sam Eades from Orion. It’s an opportunity too good to pass up, so by then I need to at least have polished up my first three chapters and synopsis and be prepared in case they’re interested. So I’ve more-or-less decided to not really do NaNoWriMo properly, but sort- of be with it in spirit! I’m determined to have it completely typed up by the end of the month again. It’s a good time for me because all the Halloween costumes that keep me busy in autumn are now over with, and there’s often a lull in the Oshun business until spring.

If you’re thinking about having a go, then I would really recommend it, even if you’re not at all prepared. I started it as a complete spur of the moment decision with nothing but a main character and a vague plot idea in my head. It took me a week to get into it properly – just continuous writing with no self-editing at all. Then I got into the flow of it and I was well away! There’s a good writers’ saying that, You can’t edit a blank page. It’s true – you’re better off writing three pages of crap; even if you know it’s a load of crap, because the spark will come and on the fourth page you’ll suddenly see where the twist in the plot will go; how the conversation will be relevant to something later; or what will happen to the character you weren’t quite sure about.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

There’s no doubt it’s a difficult challenge – it took me about three hours a day to keep up. Five or six at the beginning before I got the hang of it. So other things will suffer – your social life, for example; or the amount of time you spend on your blog! However, I think the reward of getting a first draft of a novel complete makes it worth it. It’s been more difficult since to actually get the book finished. When you work full time or have other commitments, it’s easy to feel guilty when you make time to write a novel (well it is for me anyway), but when you’re given this reason to do it, then it’s like being given permission.

Do let me know how you get on if you decide to go for it.

You may also be interested in this blog post when I finished NaNoWriMo two years ago.

Supplies:

Musings and ramblings, Writing,
00no comment

Other posts you may like:

The Glastonbury Festival sign
A sneak peek at Glastonbury Festival 2017 a week before the fun starts!
June 16, 2017
This is mainly a photography post as there isn’t a great deal to say about it really! I had the opportunity to have a walk around the Glastonbury Festival site last night, so of course I took my camera with me! I also vlogged it, so when I’ve had chance to edit the footage, I’ll add that too. I’m pleased to report that the ground underfoot is very firm and the grass very green. It amazes me how much there is still to do in the next six days, but so much has happened in the last week, I’m sure they’ll manage it!….
Living my best life - the pressures of being a content creator
Why creators shouldn’t be criticised for posting their best life
November 23, 2018
The reality of my October is this: I spent a miserable month in a block of flats with paper-thin walls and not getting much sleep due to the noises; a tiny bed and inability to relax in such a soulless place. What you see of my October is quite different: Photos of me smiling in outfit posts on my Instagram and blog; photos of beautiful landscapes and sunsets; blog posts about pretty parks and interesting places to visit, and youtube videos showing me being (mainly) positive. Creators get a lot of stick in the media for giving an unrealistically happy, positive, perfect image of life, but at the end of the day, would you actually want it any differently?
black and white photography project
What to do when your photos don’t match your Instagram! (A black and white photography project)
September 1, 2018
The use of Instagram means something different to different people, and I’ll write more about my feelings on that in another post, but briefly, I’ll tell you that my Instagram, @HelenHobden is fairly curated with some of my best photography included. However, whilst away in Connecticut, slouched on the hotel-room armchair, having a break from typing; I realised that the simple scene with my feet up on the arm would look great as a square-cropped photo in grainy high-contrast black and white….
photobook review
How to take control of all your photographs
November 6, 2017
About this time last year, I worked with a company called Printerpix – it’s one of those online places that print your photos on all manner of gifts as well as your standard prints. I actually had two photo books printed by them and was very pleased with the quality and ease of use of the website. My parents recently came to stay, and I produced my most recent one for them to have a look at, and Mum asked if I had seen her Italy holiday photos yet. I hadn’t; and I knew it would mean squashing up next to her while going through all her photography files on her small laptop. It got me thinking how strange it is that in a time when we are taking more photos than we ever have done before; we’re actually getting far less printed. They remain a fleeting post on Facebook or Instagram, but are rarely printed and displayed or treasured in a large and heavy book. Has our old family tradition of passing around the photo album at Christmas or after a Sunday roast been lost?….

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.