Archive for ‘Wigan and Leigh Hospice’

September 28, 2012


The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

I’ve been asked what motivates me to undertake the NaNoWriMo challenge and I’m having trouble putting it into words (some author I’m going to be!).

Motivation is a difficult thing to describe. I am motivated to write a novel for purely self gratifying reasons whereas the motivation to raise money for the hospice comes from the realisation that they could not continue to operate without charitable donations.

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September 21, 2012

So Many Words – So Little Time


Every writer I know has trouble writing.

Joseph Heller

Ok, so I’ve resolved to write a novel to raise some much needed cash for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. I’m doing it in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month which takes place each November, giving me 30 days to write 50,000 words.

That’s 1,667 words per day, which has to be fitted into a normal working schedule. I can’t back out now as the donations have already started to come in.

To get the word count up I’ll have to ditch my inner editor; the voice that tells you something isn’t quite right, or that the dialogue you’ve just written could be more realistic. Basically, the nagging wretch that slows you down with technicalities and stops you from ever working things through to completion.

So he’s (she’s?) gone, dumped, and the muse is set free to run with creative abandon through my brain. I’ll be writing a lot of nonsense, but it will (in theory) be an unshackled, rough diamond. Hmmm. We’ll have to wait and see.