Getting the words down...thanks to Dr Wicked!
First of all, many thanks for the lovely comments on my Rainbows post - much appreciated.
So life's settling back into a kind of normality after my various trips. I'm getting on with building up the word count. This year because the timing of starting the new novel coincides with Nanowrimo, I'm joining in and my word count, as of ten minutes ago, is 21,964. Since the beginning of November.
Now I don't want to give you the wrong impression. I'm not really a ruthless hackette who will throw out a novel in two months and then send it off to print, untouched. This time round I think I'm going to have to work hard at getting the tone right with the main character so I suspect there will be more editing than ever before. So it seemed logical for me to get on with it, discover by writing, and then overhaul it completely.
Don't know if I will carry on to the 50,000 target that Nanowrimo sets, because in a way it's slightly irrelevant - my novels tend to be around the 110,000-120,000 mark so I can't exactly pretend to myself that I could possibly be finished by the end of the month. On the other hand, 50K is a nice round number!
My best tool so far is here. Three cheers and then some for Dr Wicked. I love this gizmo, it has worked wonders. I was telling a friend the other day and she was hysterical at the idea that I had to use tricks like this to force myself to write, even though a) I love writing and b) I dreamed for so long about doing this full-time. I am an excellent procrastinator, as I have said before, and sometimes we all need props to get us going. Better this than gin at elevenses, eh?
By the way, anyone intrigued by the Arvon Foundation after my account of my retreat week, there's a programme about the origins of the charity on Radio 4 tomorrow morning, presented coincidentally by one of my favourite writers, Mavis Cheek. I expect it'll be available on Listen Again for a week afterwards if you can't catch it tomorrow.