The Nanowrimo Notebook Challenge and MA Creative Writing Update!

Hey everyone, and welcome to my mid Nanowrimo Update!

Normally I’d be posting for the Author Toolbox Blog Hop at this time of the month, but it’s on holiday until January. For past posts, on Learning to Write from TV and Film, Work experience in Publishing @Penguin, and others, click the links.

Nanowrimo notebook challenge and Ma Creative Writing Update

This time last year I’d written about 27500 words in November, and I was over half way towards winning Nanowrimo. Looking back at my blog posts from last year I had some really nice snacks too. This year? I’m not even trying for 50k.

The Notebook Challenge: Fill an A6 notebook in November.

I’ve checked @writevent daily for writing prompts, but I haven’t been active on Twitter. Between classes, deadlines, and filling my notebook I haven’t had the energy. Once I’ve submitted my assignments, and I’m on break until my next module, I’ll chill and catch up with every one!

I aimed to write 2 pages a day in my notebook, but I’ve been consistently 2 – 4 pages behind. I think it’ll be easy to catch up though. So far I’ve written short stories, fanfiction (Yu-Gi-Oh, because I got back into the trading card game), excerpts from Dragonspire and my new idea, and a small Merlin snippet (I know I said I was leaving it for now but I can’t completely!)

It’s been awesome to write whatever I want, rather than sticking to a single project like I’d normally do for Nanowrimo. I don’t know how many of the pages I’ll use, but it’s been fun so it doesn’t matter. If I fill my notebook by the end of November I’ll have about 6000 words.

Days 1 & 2:

Prompts that stood out were: Know, Chemistry, Destroy, Unease, Infection, and Sound.


I wrote 4 pages around those prompts, switching between my new project and Dragonspire.

Days 3-6:

I wrote my Sunday Scribbles Story, Intruder Alert. It’s now edited and posted, but I had to change a lot of it because the POV wasn’t working. It was tricky, but I think I’m happy with it.

Day 7:

More scenes from Dragonspire, but from much later on in the story. Nick’s written himself into more scenes again, and earlier than I originally planned. I swear this character has a mind of his own and is a complete pain, but I love him anyway and can’t imagine the story without him!

Day 8:

The new project makes an appearance again. One character’s killed someone, and the other’s not happy about it. I’m not sure how to define this story yet, but I like it!

Days 9 & 10:

I wrote 4 pages of Yu-Gi-Oh fanfiction trying to redeem the spirit of the millennium ring, who I always thought needed more character development. Will it ever see the light of day? Who knows. I write a lot of fanfiction that I never post!

Days 10-13:

Back to Dragonspire: I wrote new descriptive scenes to help bring my fantasy world to life, based on feedback from my workshop group. I also wrote a scene for my Merlin story, mostly because my fiancee put the BBC show on TV. It’s nice to know the muse still exists!

Days 14-18:

I’ve been writing a story about winter for Sunday Scribbles next week, as well as a few scenes from Dragonspire. There’s a bit of fanfiction too, but I think it’s out of my system for now!

As of today I’m two pages behind, and I estimate I’ve written 3000 words.


University: Assignments & Classes.

There are only two assignments this semester, but I feel snowed under. One is a 4000 word piece of creative writing. I’m not too worried about that one to be honest, there’s a lot to do, sure, but it’s just writing. As long as I don’t get caught up in making it perfect I’ll be fine.

The other is a 2000 word creative manifesto. The guidelines are vague, to encourage creativity, and I struggled to know what to do with it at first. I’ve decided to take a risk with it, because that’s what creativity is about, right? It’ll either go down really well, or not. I’m hoping well! 

I want to do my best so I’m putting a lot of effort in. This is new for me: During my BA, with the exception of my castles project, I started assignments the week before they were due in. This time I started 6 weeks before the due date, and I’m still wondering if I’ll get them done in time!

In other news, the gaming world’s divided over Fallout 76. I loved the other games, but I haven’t bought this one. I’m searching for more opinions first, so if you have it let me know what it’s like!

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How’s your Nanowrimo going? What’s the most awesome thing that’s happened this month so far? Looking forward to Christmas? Keep it fantastical, and thanks for reading!


    • Thanks 😀 It’s the weirdest course I’ve ever studied to be honest, because they don’t ask you to reference sources or write structured essays like my undergraduate degree. Still trying to get over the fact that my assignments are creative!


  1. Nice progress. I only have 400 words on my novel for NaNo so far 😛 I’m not sold on Fallout 76 but I’ve seen people saying its fun. I’m still trying to find time to finish Fallout 4, haha.

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  2. Rooting for you in both filling up your notebook for this month and with your school work! I am seriously digging Fallout 76, tbh. It has a lot of similarities to Fallout 4, but I’d say it’s definitely more ruthless and most certainly harder to play alone than with your friends. But I’ve enjoyed it a lot, even with your typical first-week-after-release bugs and glitches.

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    • Thanks Nicole 🙂 I’d forgotten what deadlines and coursework were like, so it hit me as a bit of a shock to have them again!
      Glad to hear you’re loving Fallout 76 🙂 I’m on the fence about it because of bad reviews and the apparent lack of NPC’s. I’m waiting to see if I think I’ll really love it before I buy, or if I’ll save to get Kingdom Hearts 3 on release day 🙂 (The new trailer just dropped so it looks like the release date might be real!)

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      • Gosh, I believe it! I can’t imagine going back to school now and trying to adjust to those deadlines once more.

        I am really enjoying it, yes! I’m definitely ready for it to be less buggy and more finished, but it’s also been really fun. I am still wary about Kingdom Hearts 3 being real (though I’m being stubborn at this point, having been burned one too many times by SquareEnix with that game), but I’ll have to check out that trailer!!!

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        • It’s insane! I’ve been reminded how much I hate word counts and how much time it takes to write a bibliography. All done now though, and I can finally catch up on everything else 🙂
          I’ve decided to finish Fallout 4, to give me something to play over Christmas!


  3. I’d say two to four pages behind will be easy to correct and i have my fingers crossed for you. It’s an inventive way to go through nano – whih i’m not taking part on. And i can’t say about the game, haven’t played either.
    Good luck with writing and everything.

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  4. Your MA sounds so exciting! I like your approach to NaNoWriMo. There’s something wonderful about writing something, anything, every day even if it’s not part of a specific project.

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    • Thanks, it really is 😀 The first module was hard work, but I’ve got a nice break until the start of February now!
      It was a good challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it, I got a lot of different scenes from stories scribbled down 🙂


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