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Monday 8 October 2012


Over the weekend my viewing numbers hit quadruple digits! Woot!
I've done blogs in the past, lasted way longerthan this one has so far but they never even reached 500 views. I'm 45 posts into this one and I'm already at 1000. So on behalf of every one of my multiple personalities; thank you.

Now, Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) is a month long exercise where users attempt to write a 50,000+ word novel. It's a brilliant test of your self control, I've taken part for the last three years and completed the 50k, but never a book. the things I write tend to end up in the 250k margin.

The rules of Nanowrimo (taken from their website):
  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
  • Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30
Its one of the best ways that I have found for people to actually get that book of theirs onto paper (everyone has one in them, amiright?). It pushes you to keep going, gives you a goal to work towards adn rewards you when you succeed.
Seriously, it's something that every prospective author or hobby writer should try.

For my first Nanowrimo I wrote about a young mage trying to find his recently kidnapped sister. it was a bit of a elemental fantasy if I remember rightly, set primarily on a pirate ship.
For my second Nanowrimo I started writing Book 1 of The Longest Cycle Trilogy. An epic fantasy novel abotu a stable boy trying to save the world.
For my third Nanowrimo I kind of cheated. instead of writing a completely new project I wrote parts 3 and 4 (book 2 of the trilogy).

Now for Nanowrimo 2012 I think I'm going to write a third novel in my Galledar sagas. A space story. I've always found it a little off that in these fantasy novels nothign ever advances. It starts in medieval times and 10,000 years later its still medieval times, so what I've done with Galledar is this; I've started it in a Victorian-Romanic era. Set a book 500 years later in modern times and I'm going to make the next one in the future, in space.
The current blurb as written on Nanowrimo:

One Hundred years ago war devestated the planet. The surface world became too unstable to live on. For fifty years Humanity and Vagar lived below the surface, venturing out only to scavange, until the international science committee completed their greatest acomplishment; the countries.
A fleet of ships capable of transporting the entire population to a new home.
Fifty years on the Countries have not found a new place to call home. Life aboard the ship Galledar is not easy, there are few jobs, little food and the ship is dying, though only the Countries government is aware.
The book follows young Country security officer Xelaria Brendshall as she attempts to put down the rebellious 'free air' movement, but will he find more than he bargained for?

If anyone else is doing Nanowrimo, or if I've convinced anyone that it's awesome, jump over to, register and set yourself up. if you want to mark me as a writing buddy my screen name is pretty simple (and boring) 'James-Varma'



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