NaNoWriMo: You have permission to feel like a winner!

NaNoWriMo

The goal is to hit 50,000 words in one month, which means at least 1,666 words per day for thirty days. Be warned, 50,000 words doesn’t necessary mean that you have a full novel, even short YA novels tend to be 60,000 plus. But you should have the start of something which could become a draft of a novel.

This is the first year that I didn’t finish the word count in the 30 day limit, I pressed on and reached just over the 50,000 word target and completed the first draft of my novel on the 4th of December. The wonderful thing about NaNo is that it gives you the push, a target, and support of a group. But what if writing 50,000 feels like an unachievable goal? Well, I could point out that NaNoWriMo is about the quality of words, not the quality of words.  Or I can make another suggestion. Give yourself an achievable target. It doesn’t have to be 50K if that feels too much, in fact, why should it be about putting the words on the page? Why not read that book on writing? Or edit those stories? Or finish that anthology.

 

At the Writers at Lovedean, we set our own NaNoWriMo targets, after all November is a good target setting month. It’s the last opportunity before the New Years resolutions come round again to meet those goals that you’ve put on the back burner during the year.

Celebrating NaNoWriMo

Celebrating NaNoWriMo

I was really proud of the members of the writing group, everyone who signed up to our own NaNoWriMo project managed to get move forward on their goals.

So here is the honour roll!

Margaret Jennings: 50,000 words in the 30 days!

Me: 50800 words in 34 days.

Lynne Stone: completed five short stories.

Barbara McMeekin: 10,000 words in 30 days.

Linda Hadfield: editing goal completed.

Jackie Green: editing goal completed.

Jules Garvey-Welch: completed and self-published her anthology, Beyond the Bell Tower.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jules-garvey-welch/beyond-the-bell-tower/paperback/product-22468844.html

 

JGW anthology

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Zella Compton: Scriptwriting Workshop at The Writers at Lovedean

Script Writing Course

Zella Compton, author, scriptwriter and newspaper columnist will be providing a Script Writing Workshop at The Writers at Lovedean.   Zella was also Havant’s Literary Festival’s Writer in residence. Recently, she’s had several plays  published including Girl in the Hood. Why not check out Zella’s website to see all the exciting things she’s been up to?

http://www.zellacompton.co.uk/index.html

Girl in the Hood can be found at Resources 4 Drama http://www.resources4drama.co.uk

 Scriptwriting Workshop

Date:  27th November 2015

10 am until 12:30

Lovedean Village Hall (Between Tesco Express and The Bird ‘th Hand Pub on Lovedean Lane)

160, Lovedean Lane

Waterlooville

PO8 9SF

Sessions cost £4.50

I first met Zella during a workshop in 2012 and her performance really stood out from the crowd. Since then I’ve been privileged enough to perform alongside her at a few festivals such as The Day of the Dead, and The Alver Arts Festival: Gosport Ever After. I’m a great fan of her work, my kids loved The Ten Rules about Skimming, an exciting, action-packed adventure that mixes science fiction, horror, mystery and intrigue.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rules-Skimming-Zella-Compton/product-reviews/1906132267

 

 

I actually can’t wait for this workshop! I’m so exciting.

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