Apr 27

End of Camp NaNoWriMo and escaping on a writing retreat

Hello everyone, I’ve temporarily escaped the toxic smoke that is London.

I’ve ended my Camp NaNoWriMo project at 30,000 words. My target was 40,000 but due to a mixture of work commitments and health issues I wasn’t able to reach my goal. It’s disappointing but 30,000 words is better than 20,000 or 10,000 or nothing at all. I’ve learnt a lot about the novel itself. I’ve finally discovered the correct ending (which has been bothering me since last November when I started the project), I’ve discovered a new title and I can reveal that this novel is going to be longer and darker than Empty Nights. Hopefully it won’t take me as long to write!

A big thank you to everyone in my cabin and all the London based writers I met on our write ups in Pret for their support throughout the month.

Unfortunately my writing retreat doesn’t have Wifi, so I won’t be online for much of the following week. Although this means I’ll miss the Camp NaNoWriMo celebrations (and Game of Thrones), a lack of Wifi should also mean that I won’t procrastinate too much and actually complete the first draft of my screenplay.

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I’m returning to the big smoke on May 4th (which by coincidence is International Star Wars day) and I’ll be returning to this website the week afterwards with my next article “Five historical speeches that you’re glad you haven’t heard.”

I look forward to seeing you then.

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