I have a friend, Tiggy Johnson, who for a few years now urged me each November to have a go at Nanowrimo.

Each year I said 'no way.'

Which explains of course why Monday morning about 7.30 am before heading off to work I decided, spur of the moment, to sign up.

Now of course it's panic time. Why on earth did I decide to say that yes I would write a novel, 50,000 words in the month of November? Why?

I do like a challenge, and this is a big one, but where to begin?

Especially as I had no idea what I wanted to write. Looking at a few forums I discovered that a lot of people have actual plans. Yes plans. Complete with character sketches, plot outlines, themes and carefully planned metaphors to sprinkle throughout this work, even a title.

Hmmm- did I say I liked a challenge?

People have offered up advice.
A- You must write every day.
B- Try and stay ahead of the word count.
C- Include anything you write in the body, your blog, your poetry....
D- Don't care what comes out, just write.

I like plan A and plan B. Plan C sounds a tad like cheating- and I think plan D is a big reason why I'm doing it. To see what comes out.

I had to write about something. I don't really do sci-fi, fantasy, historical...but I love people, they intrigue me. What could I write about?

As for an idea...driving home from work Monday night I thought back to a week ago when my dad came up for a visit and handed over some things that were my mother's (more on some of the surprises inside these packages at a later date) but it started the whole 'what if'...

What if as an adult you received some information that made you realise that what you thought you knew about your mother was all lies...that the discovery of a hidden past make you see them as a totally different person?

So one day in...nearly 3000 words down. For the next few weeks working full time, 5-6 day weeks,I will have to write before work, sometimes after work (when the brain is pure mush), pity can't write during work but the customers might get a bit annoyed- but I'll do my best to get to the end.

Wish me luck....


  1. yay!!!!! Does it help to know I'm impressed and excited to have you as one of my NaNoWriMo buddies?
    Also, I'm not going to wish you luck because you don't need it. But I do hope you get something worthwhile out of it, though I'm sure you will. And have fun!


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