NaNoWriMo: four days in

In case you don't know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is basically a bunch of people deciding to write a 50,000 word book in one month- from 1st November to 30th November and this year I'm one of them! I know - it sounds crazy and honestly it is but it also sounds a wonderful challenge.  I've known about NaNoWriMo for several years now but never felt ready or willing to try; partly because university would be in the way but mostly because I was scared I'd give up and fail.

This year however I have nothing to lose and no excuses to make so I'm going for it!  It's currently day 4 and I thought what better way to procrastinate writing the actual novel than by writing a blog post about it..  There's a quote about writing that goes "write drunk and edit sober" and my personal spin on that is:

"Inhale caffeine like there's no tomorrow and squash your inner editor like a fly."

Perhaps not quite so poetic but never mind, onto the update!

Day 1 went amazingly well - I typed out 2000 words, changed the narrative into first person half way through and came up with a plot point for the sequel.  Pushing the sequel idea to the back of my mind might actually end up being harder than squashing down my inner editor but I'm determined to make myself focus on the first book first and not jump several miles ahead already.

Day 2 & 3 were both a little bit floopy - I spent most of the 2nd prepping for a job interview (although I did get 1000 words out in the afternoon) and then the 3rd was filled up with having the job interview, not getting the job, having a meltdown over both things and then having a self care evening with the help of Harry Potter.  I could have bashed out some words last night just to move my word count up but having the night to just switch off and recharge after a very scary day felt like a much better choice.

Day 4 is going well so far (she says as she procrastinates) - I got involved in a sprint session earlier which resulted in just over 900 words being created and I've got about two hours until Strictly starts tonight in which to type some more so I'll be off to do that now!

" don't have to be mad to do this (but it helps)"

Keep your eye on this space for more NaNo updates coming your way throughout November and feel free to check out the #ASHroyalty tag on twitter for my updates on there or my 'NaNo update' thread that I keep forgetting to update..  In addition to those two things I'm also chatting about progress and procrastination in my instagram stories so make sure you watch those if you're interested.

 I'm going to finish this post by sending a huge load of love to both of my NaNo group chats  - you guys are all aweseome and I can't wait to read your ideas when they become books.

eloise x


  1. I've seen a few NaNoWriMo posts floating around at the moment - and I really admire you for taking part! I'm sorry your job interview didn't go as you'd hoped, but don't be too hard on yourself - I mean you're writing a blog whilst taking part in a challenge that requires you to write 50,000 words in a month... it's their loss clearly. Good luck with the rest of your challenge! x

  2. I admire anyone who even attempts to do this! You sound like you're getting off to a great start. I don't think I could hack it. Good luck and I'm looking forward to your updates! x


  3. I've seen people mention NaNoWriMo and wasn't really sure what it was about! So thank you for clearing that up haha. Must be a lot of work, but I hope it goes well for you :) I'll be cheering you on throughout this month! Look forward to reading more about how this goes for you :)


  4. I've seen so many people talking about this and I had no idea what it meat so thank you for educating me on this! I salute anyone who is attempting to do this as it really is a task - stick at it chick and happy writing!! I hope you manage to achieve your goal!

    Charlene McElhinney