NaNoWriMo – Day 30

Day 30 of the NaNoWriMo challenge. And — drumroll, please! — I did it! I won! I wrote 50,005 words in 30 days! It took six packets of M&Ms, bucketloads of salty-sweet popcorn, and the massive support of everyone who cheered me on both online and off (thank you!!!) to get me there. I fought through a double serve of tennis elbow, a demanding full-time day job and bouts of doubt and procrastination, and now I’m ready to collapse in a tired but happy heap.

Is the book finished? Nooooo. I figure I’ve got another 20K to write, and then comes the painful part — revision.

My playlist song of the day is for the poor forlorn ghosts in my book — “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds.




NaNoWriMo – Day 29

I’m starting day 29 on 48,209 words. (Yes, I should have written just one more word to make it an even number!) I’m gonna make it to 50K after all!

Today’s playlist song of the day is “Nothing But a Heartbeat” by Australian/Swedish twin sisters Say Lou Lou. Steven Kilbey, lead singer of the Church, is their dad. The epic video below suits my ghost book to a tee.

I wanted to post one of their other songs “Beloved”, which haunted me on a Qantas flight all the way from Sydney to London and back. But the video’s been taken down. Listen to a preview on iTunes.

Buy “Nothing But a Heartbeat” by Say Lou Lou on iTunes.


My bonus playlist song in honour of the last day of NaNo tomorrow is, um, “Tomorrow” by Morrissey:

Buy “Tomorrow” on iTunes.

NaNoWriMo – Day 28

I had a difficult day 27 yesterday. Somehow managed to squeeze out over 1,000 words, bringing my NaNo total so far to 46,045. So near to 50K, yet so far…
My playlist song for day 28 is “Save It For Later” by the English Beat (aka the Beat aka the British Beat aka the Special Beat; I don’t know why they changed their name so many times). The first time I heard song was when my future husband sang it at a gig in one of his early bands.

Buy “Save It For Later” by English Beat on iTunes.

NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Day 26 of NaNo. I’m so close to my 50K target now! My current word count is 42,680. I’m aiming to reach 45K today, but I’ll need a lot of luck and even more M&Ms to help me get there.

Today’s playlist song of the day is “Lucky Now” by Ryan Adams. One of the girls in the video below reminds me a lot of my ghost book’s antagonist.

Buy “Lucky Now” by Ryan Adams on iTunes.

NaNoWriMo – Day 25

Day 25 of NaNo. Current word count: 40,608. Thanks to the kindness of two very special people who expectedly replenished my M&Ms supply yesterday, the next 9,392 words should come easy. Easier, anyway!

My playlist song of the day is Neko Case’s “This Tornado Loves You”. There’s a tornado (of sorts) in my ghost book. I had fun with the scene when I wrote it, but I suspect I’ll have to chop it out later. It’s a bit weird, even for me…

Buy “This Tornado Loves You” by Neko Case on iTunes.

NaNoWriMo – Day 24

Day 24. Scarily close to the end of November! As of this moment, my word count is 39,605. I’m still in the middle of writing the date night from hell. My poor characters…

Today’s playlist song is dedicated to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Helen. She’s been reading my stuff since we were a couple of crazy kids working at a cinema. Died Pretty was one of her favourite bands back then. Here’s their song “D.C.” Gorgeous strings in this.

Thanks for your support, Helsy! xxx

NaNoWriMo – Day 23

Day 23. All this will be over soon. NaNo, that is. I’m currently on 38,168 words. Hmm, I should go back the manuscript and add two more words to round up that total. I’m still writing that “first date” scene.

My playlist song of the day is from 1989/1990 — “Soon” by My Bloody Valentine. It’s another recommendation from my hubby.

NaNoWriMo – Day 21

Day 21. Current word count: 34,543. I’m all out of M&Ms, but I’ve got nine mini-bags of salty-sweet popcorn left, so I should survive the next few days.

Today’s playlist song is one of my favourite covers ever—”I Second That Emotion” by Japan. I’ll be quite overcome with emotion when NaNo wraps up this year. It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride.

Here’s the original and synth-free version of “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles:

NaNoWriMo – Day 20

Day 20 of NaNo! Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” is my playlist song of the day. There are 10 more days to go in this writing challenge. At this point, I’m pretty sure my book will end up at around 70,000 words, so I will keep going after November, but maybe at a slightly less frenetic pace…

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