Nanowrimo – the progress update

Ok, so we’re a few days past the halfway point of this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

The challenge, as I told you back in October, is to write 50,000 words in November. (If you want to know more the link is here.) The question, I’m sure that you’re all dying to have answered, is how I’m going so far this month?

For a start, I’ve been slack in that I haven’t been updating the official nanowrimo graph every day. I am, however at 35,305 words for the month so far. That’s exactly on target – and given the way that this month has gone, that’s surprising. It truly has been a case of getting it done in between the day job, the release of Happy Ever After, and the myriad of other bits and pieces.

I’m not going to tell you that they’re good words – because they’re not. It’s a messier than usual messy first draft. As someone very smart once said: you can’t edit a blank page.

I do, however, know where the story is going and, more importantly, how it’s going to end. Knowing how this one will end is important as it has to tie up all the characters and all the stories from the chick lit series that started all the way back with Baby, It’s You:

Baby, It’s You – Em’s story

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Abby’s story

Wish You Were Here – Max’s story

I Want You Back – Callie’s story (out soon)

Careful What You Wish For – Tiff’s story (out early 2019)

and finally, this one It’s In The Stars – Alice’s story (out mid-2019)

(Happy Ever After is a stand-alone novel…)

Each of these is a stand-alone novel, but with characters making “guest” appearances. My original idea was to have a set of central stories with everyone being loosely linked and coming together somehow at the end – like if Notting Hill was a series of chick lit books.

It’s working out that way, but it’s also heading towards another stand-alone series I have an idea for…more on that later…maybe.

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