Like most people 2020 has been a very strange year but also an important one. I have learned to readjust my expectations and have realised (some of this was forced on me) that I am not super human and can’t do everything all the time.

Making time to walk the Cornish cliffs
Making time to walk the Cornish cliffs

I have been working as bookkeeper for a care company so the lsat few months have been rather hectic. I have also been studying for my Level 3 AAT Bookkeeping qualification, so this has been taking most of my mental energy and space.

Revision
Revision. Revision. Revision.

Like many other parents I have been realising exactly how wonderful teachers and school is. Turns out homeschooling is really tough, especially when trying to work too.

Add in the disappointment of my favourite summer events being cancelled, a bout of illness in July, (not Covid, and very grateful for the NHS). Basically life has forced me to slow down and focus on one thing at a time.

Green Garden Chair
My favourite chair for knitting & audiobooks

But its now approaching November again, and I want to finally finish Shifter Unknown, start the other books in the trilogy and publish my writing. Fortunately November is also NANOWRIMO month, or National Novel Writing Month.

My NaNoWriMo Journey

I first discovered Nanowrimo in 2013 around the time I started to get very serious about my writing. That first year I managed to ‘win’ or complete the challenge of writing 50000 words in November. However, what I wrote was a bit rubbish.

I continued writing and learning throughout the next year and ‘won’ again in 2014. Then life started happening, the children started school, I started a new job, which went wrong three years later and writing seemed to get pushed to the sidelines as I worked ever longer hours at work and tried to spend more time with my family.

I have attempted Nanowrimo every year since 2013 but have only won twice. Several years I have signed up in a hurry, trying write my way into a story, that would be coherent, all while ironing out the plot holes and problems with Shifter Unknown. Surprisingly this hasn’t worked well at all. But this year will be different. This year I have a plan!

Plan for 2020 Nanowrimo success.

  • Complete Christmas shopping for relatives in October.
  • Work out how to blog from my phone.
  • Meal plan for November, including packed lunch things
  • Shop Locally where possible.
  • Write in early mornings, gradually adjust body clock in October to make this easier.
  • Write at new home working desk not in adhoc locations.
  • Plan the story properly, rather than winging it. (This doesn’t work well).
  • Write more at weekends to establish a buffer.
  • Have fun and be kind to me.
Cornish beach
Blustery Cornish morning