Camp NaNoWriMo – WINNER!

I already felt like I’d “won” last night, but now I have officially finished my 20 hours.

I made a couple of very small changes to the manuscript (only because I remembered two glaring errors I’d meant to fix last night!) and then I spent the rest of my time converting it into an e-book and doing a fake cover. It was fun, but it didn’t really convert all my pretty formatting properly, so I’ll fix that up when I eventually let it go “live”.

Anyway, it was exciting to see it in book form!

That’s it for tonight – but I’m going to try to keep up my writing habit as I’ve found I’ve started to enjoy it again! Yay!

Goodnight and I hope you all reach your Camp goals, Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Days 24 & 25

IT’S FINISHED.

IT’S FINALLY FINISHED.

I was determined that this weekend was going to be IT. I wanted to finish on Friday but that didn’t eventuate. And Saturday (yesterday) I was out all day and then stayed at my Mum’s that night, so didn’t do any writing related stuff. So TODAY WAS THE DAY.

I spent four hours on it, bringing my Camp total to 19 1/4 hours. My goal was 20 hours, and I’m going to keep writing, but this time I’m going to work on SOMETHING ELSE!!!

Apologies for all the yelling, but I’ve been working on this novel on and off since I first drafted it during NaNoWriMo 2013. I “won”, but it was a mess. Over the next few years I chopped out about half of my original draft, put new stuff in and took other stuff out, lost myself down the rabbit hole of research, spent hours wringing my hands in despair, wondered if the whole thing was a waste of time, wrote six other novels (that are still in their first drafts) and finally decided that I had to finish this particular story before I could move on to anything else, even if it’s utter garbage.

And now for the truly scary part – I’m going to ask somebody else to read it!

But not tonight. I’m going to bed now.

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 23

I was really hoping to push through and finish tonight (not my 20 hours, but my current WIP), but I had a cracking headache that took ages to go away, so I didn’t start until very late – and then I thought I’d found a MAJOR plot error which would have screwed up a big part of my story. I may have panicked a little (a lot) because I wondered how the HELL I’d overlooked it. Fortunately, I was able to find evidence to back my original idea – I just have to change a little bit, not a big bit! So PHEW.

Anyway, in the end I did 2 1/4 hours – bringing my total to 15 1/4 hours. But the hours aren’t that important right now. It’s FINISHING the thing.

(Seriously, although I love reading historical novels, I’m never writing one again! There’s just too many ways to stuff it up…)

So now I’m knackered and going to bed.

Goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 22

I started too late tonight, and my eyes don’t want to stay open. Bad planning on my part… So I only added 45 minutes to my total – but at least I’m at an even 13 hours now!

Tomorrow I aim to do a final two or three hours and that will be IT. Just a final read through for inconsistencies, inaccuracies (or really crappy writing) and then I’m DONE. I could keep tweaking for the rest of my damn life, but, in the words of Elsa from Frozen, I need to “let it go”. Will other people (I’m thinking of reader type people) like my characters and my story? Will they find it exciting or boring? (Really hoping they don’t choose the second option!)

I will have to (gulp) wait and see!

Goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 21

I got a big bogged down with tiny details and didn’t achieve as much as I hoped to tonight, but still got another hour done. So I’m at 12 1/4 hours now!

I really need to do at least 1 3/4 hours tomorrow – because that 1/4 hour is bugging me…LOL.

But that’s all for tonight!

Goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 20

Dammit. I only got to do an hour tonight. Where did my evening go? Oh, that’s right. I was talking to my in-laws and my Mum and my sister – and suddenly, no time for writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to the fam, but I have a novel to finish, you know!

So, my total is now 11 1/4 hours. Hopefully I’ll be more productive tomorrow, although I am on target (yay!).

Goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 19

As I had some domestic stuff to do tonight (boo!), I only managed an hour – bringing my total to 10 1/4 hours. Ohhhhhh, I’m halfway there…

However, I was pleased to discover during my research/fact checking that most of the stuff I’ve made up could have actually happened in the time period I’ve set it, so phew! Obviously watching all those period dramas (which I LOVE) has paid off! There are still a few bits to be tweaked, but overall I’m very happy.

But it’s late now so I’ll say goodnight! Tomorrow is another day…

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 18

Well, I had the best intentions of doing a bit more editing today (being Sunday) but I had a cracking headache for most of the day, which just goes to show that housework is bad for your health (I’ve come to this conclusion because I spent Saturday night cleaning and BOOM! Headache. I rest my case.). Also, I had to watch my beloved Adelaide Crows play this afternoon (unfortunately, they lost again. Sigh.). But I support them win or lose! #gocrows #weflyasone

Anyway, I still managed another 1 1/4 hours tonight, bringing my total to 9 1/4 hours. Nearly halfway to my goal! Actually, I’m closer than that because I’m certain that over the next couple of days I will be able to put the finishing touches to this novel. I mean it this time! Seven years is LONG ENOUGH. I mean, I’ve written other books in between (six, in fact), but I haven’t felt right about moving on to one of those other manuscripts until I finished this one. The rest are going to be easy after this! #famouslastwords

That’s it from me for now. Goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 17

I only added an hour to my total tonight – mostly fact checking. So I’ve now done a total of 8 hours…

Tomorrow (or rather, later today) I’ll concentrate on my timeline, and as I go I’ll hopefully pick up any other errors or inconsistencies.

And then, Dear Reader, I hope I can finally release this story into the world (or at least get somebody to read it and see if it makes sense!)

But now, to bed…

Goodnight, Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 16

After doing 1 3/4 hours tonight, my total is now seven hours. Yay! Just a bit more fact checking, some tweaking of the timeline, and ensuring I haven’t made any glaring errors, and I’m DONE. Now I just have to hope that whoever reads it first doesn’t hate it…

Time for bed now! Lots of thrilling domestic stuff to do tomorrow! (Actually, it’s already tomorrow…)

Goodnight, Wrimos!

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