It's official, I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That means 50,000 words in 31 days. I was struggling to get into a new novel after finishing the last one but NaNoWriMo is always a good motivator for me, something about deadlines, charts and peer pressure that kicks me into gear.
The story I'm working on is based on a novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2013 but I'm making some tweaks and changes. Firstly the original writing is pretty awful, although with first draft you do expect that, with this it's more a sign of how much my writing has changed, I would say improved.
The story crosses from fantasy to reality and back but I was struggling with building the fantasy world. It felt too boring and flat, also too familiar to other fantasy books who have already claimed those places and settings (ahem, Game of Thrones).
I wanted a new setting and inspiration struck this morning. I'm so excited about the idea and its potential. It means the idea has got much bigger which is both exciting and a little daunting.
It shifts everything I had planned to write but there's so much more I can do. I can't wait.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.