NaNoWriMo update

Seventeen days into NaNoWriMo and I’m keeping up with a slight lead. I’ve written rather more than 30,000 words this month and had 19,000 words written before the beginning of November. I needed this challenge to keep me focused. The story is more or less mapped out since it’s historical fiction with just a bit of embroidering to make some connections that history doesn’t mention.

The challenge is not so much to know what to write, as why. I don’t suffer from writer’s block so much as writer’s doubt. Justifying so much time writing is difficult. Until I get a book past one of the committees that decides what gets published and what doesn’t, the doubt will persist that my time should really be spent doing something else.

Whether I could actually stop writing is another question. Meanwhile, back to the Norman Invasions. I have a wedding to prepare and the Battle of Waterford to fight.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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