NaNoWriMo2011 – I WON!!!!

Yep, I wrote 50,625 words on 97 pages! It was hard like you wouldn’t believe but that’s me done. I will quickly share the top things I learned during this process:

  1. I am as stubborn as a bull!
  2. It was not that difficult when I got going, but I had several moments where I did not know what will happen next.
  3. It’s true when they say characters take a life of their own, I tell you. My story did not end the way I thought it would.
  4. I worried a lot about people’s names and places. I wonder how much that all matters but I can always go back to edit.
  5. There is still at least two more novels in me. I kept having to separate my thoughts as I was mixing up too many story lines.
  6. I had a plot and a subplot but at one point, my subplot was overpowering my main plot. My solution was to write it in a way that a sequel novel became inevitable (hehehe!).
  7. I am exhausted and looking forward to not writing much in December (sorry!).

I need to thank Margaret, Chris Alice, and Fomsky for their overwhelming support. And my husband who still can’t believe I added this extra “thing” to my long list of to-dos; and my mum who called from Nigeria to ask if I did it and my sister who thought it would be a no-brainer for me; and my kids who wondered why I was hitting away on the keyboard but could read the invisible “Writer at Work” sign and just kept walking saying, ‘Mummy is writing a story!’

The winners of the blog contest will be announced on Sunday, 4 December.

Here’s one last NaNoToons for the road:

NaNoToons

Thank you very, very much. Over and out!

NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 26

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 43,547

Julia finds out that Will is the witness to Paulie’s case. She had a dinner party with Bruno, Martha and Martha’s new beau, Ronan, who is ten years younger.

Joyce comes home to find her apartment ransacked. Some papers on the floor indicate what it might be in relation to. She leaves for Manchester immediately to stay with her mum.

NaNoToons

Only 4 days and 6,500 words to go!

Remember, ‘like’ up to 10 of these daily novel updates to enter my blog contest. See details here. Good luck !

NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 24 & Day 25

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 41,085

Bruno gives an outstanding presentation that impresses Julia as well as other bosses at La Belle.

Joyce goes for her 20-week scan and has mixed feelings about being a single mother. Meanwhile, Julia is persuaded to contact her.

Marc Stuart (Paulie’s former boss at Skyline Financials) reveals himself and tries to track down Paulie, the witness and the so-called evidence that he believes may be used to blackmail him later. He has plans that everyone needs to be very worried about…

NaNoToons

Remember, ‘like’ up to 10 of these daily novel updates to enter my blog contest. See details here. Good luck !

NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 23

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 38,638

Paulie turns up at Julia’s house unannounced and receives a shock.

Bruno suggests that Julia call Joyce to get to the bottom of what Paulie was doing with Will.

Felicia makes plans to put her house in order before it is too late.

NaNoToons

Remember, ‘like’ up to 10 of these daily novel updates to enter my blog contest. See details here. Good luck !

NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 21 & Day 22

Title of novel: Let It Burn
Word Count: 36,113

Julia gets a surprise call from a former business partner (Michael Canton). She spots Will (Sandra’s husband) with Paulie and wonders what the connection is.

A work meeting with Bruno turns into romance for Julia.

Joyce finds out about Paulie’s secret chats with Julia where he writes that he’d rather be with Julia. Joyce makes Paulie leave after she wins the case. She vows to raise her baby on her own.

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