Nanowrimo 2015: A Daringly Dangerous Diary

Every November, a month long event occurs around the globe.  It brings millions of writers together for an epic quest; to write a novel in a month.  Whilst it is possible to write a book in a short space of time, it is nearly impossible to write one that makes any sense.  Unless you’re a genius.  Or in prison. 

But what the hell eh?  As I mentioned in my last post, I thought I’d keep a daily diary of what I’m thinking as I write.  Or not write.  So here it is so far in its 12A-PG13 edited glory.  The final part will be released next week once the marathon is over.

Nanowrimo 2015

50,000 words. In a month. That aren’t crap.

November 1st

Day 1

All set to write 50,000 words of a future masterpiece.  I have the plan.  I have the tools.  I have the power.  I have the knowledge that I’ve written a book this year already which makes me feel super confident that I can do it again.  No problemo.  And in a month.  Because I’m awesome.  I’m ready to go!

Except today is Sunday.  I always sleep in on a Sunday.

 

November 2nd

Day 2

It’s Monday and I have a day off on my regular work schedule.  Which means it’s time to write what I want to write without having to worry about someone else’s deadline.  Yes!  The keyboard awaits and I am the King.

Time to consult my story plan. 

 

November 3rd

Day 3

Story plan is rubbish and goes in the bin. 

Got 1,000 words in and got bored. 

New plan – invent more interesting story.

 

November 4th

Day 4

New story is a satirical comedy about death.  I’m already laughing my head off.

 

November 5th

Day 5

Fireworks are pretty.  Also my satirical comedy about death is no longer a satirical comedy about death.  It’s now an action thriller about mutant ninja kittens.  From Scotland.

 

November 6th

Day 6

Mutant Ninja Kittens are hard to empathise with.  So they’ve gone into the bin.  My main character is the Prime Minister of England.  I like her.  She’s tough, decisive, and has decided not to divulge some very personal information to her family.  Not sure I’d make that call, but hey that’s me.  She’s also not a mutant ninja kitten.   I may be onto something here.

 

November 7th

Day 7

I’m eating a chocolate chip cookie.  I like chocolate chip cookies.  And Tyrells Mature Cheddar and Chive crisps.  Not together.  Obviously that would be wrong.

 

November 8th

Day 8

It’s Sunday again.  It’s also bloody cold so I’ve gone for a run in the gym.  It helps to warm my brain up.  My brain is like a Ford Transit.  It takes ages to get going, but once it starts it’s really hard to make it stop.  It’s frightening.  Just like a Ford Transit.

 

November 9th

Day 9

I’ve written 15,000 words.  Boo yeah!  It would have been 20,000 words, but I had to commit kitten related literaturecide a few days ago.  I just made up a new word.  In your face Oxford English Dictionary! 

 

November 10th

Day 10

My story is populated with 4 main characters.  A mother, father, son and daughter.  It sounds boring.  Like one of those wank ‘literary’ novels I usually hate.  Weird thing is I can’t stop writing it at the moment.  If anyone sees me chuckling to myself don’t worry I’m not mad.  I’m a writer.  It’s kind of similar.  Whatever, just don’t call an ambulance or the police on me.     

 

November 11th

Day 11

An old lady just glared at me in Tescos.  I was just trying to get some milk and she told me I had no respect.  It was only when the guy behind the checkout didn’t move or talk to me that I realised it was remembrance day and I went to get milk during the 2 minute silence.   

I think about sitting in a corner to think about what I did.  But I have too much work to do so I don’t.

NEXT WEEK 

WILL JOHN DISCOVER A WAY TO FINISH HIS STORY WITHOUT MUTANT NINJA KITTENS?

WILL HIS FRIEND’S GERMAN SHEPHERD PROVIDE AN INTEGRAL PLOT TWIST?

WILL JOHN BE MAN ENOUGH TO SHOW HIS FACE IN TESCO AGAIN?

FIND OUT NEXT WEEK ONLY ON JOHN’S BLOG & NEWSLETTER

About the Author

John is an award winning science fiction, horror and fantasy writer. He is also a public speaker and consultant and has worked with Time to Change - a campaign to end mental health stigma - and for Wellment - an organisation that delivers mental health at work training. He loves science fiction, fantasy and horror stories and novels. His work has appeared in Vector Magazine, Ink Pantry, Sci-Fi Bloggers, The Huffington Post and more. His short fantasy "Thanks for Applying" won an Honourable Mention Award in the Writers of the Future competition in 2017. HIs short horror "By the Boiler's Hand" was longlisted for the 2018 James White Award and won an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future competiton the same year. John has spoken at several events including the Nine Worlds Geekfest in London, Bristol Con 2018, and the Moorfields NHS Trust. He has delivered masterclasses on ending mental health stigma in the workplace for Time to Change. He lives with his wife and a pile of books in the UK.

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