A nano(wrimo) break

Things have been a bit slack on the blog front in the Born and Read world this week. NaNoWriMo has really been consuming my thoughts, my time and my words. Although I am convinced that what I have written so far is a gigantic pile of shite, I’m also told that this is normal, and it’s better to have some shite than no shite, right?

Anyhoo, I read somewhere that while you are writing a novel, you shouldn’t read anything that might be similar to yours in case the ideas and voice from the book you’re reading find their way into your story. Which is how I found myself reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – let me tell you, there is nay chance that Woolf’s writing or ideas are going to find their way into my story (certainly not the ideas, since I couldn’t confidently say that I understood many of them). Sister knows how to write a long sentence. Some of them were so long, I swear day turned into night between me starting them and finishing them.

Now I’m moving onto Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens’ memoir – also something completely different to my novel – if I find HItchens’ voice or themes creeping into my story, then I really know I’m in trouble.

Right, speaking of my story, I better get back to it – the site tells me that, at my current rate, I won’t finish until December. Woops.

4 replies »

  1. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!
    I’d say Virginia Woolf was definitely a good choice if you didn’t want your reading to influence your writing: I read Mrs Dalloway a year or so ago and still to this day have no idea what it was actually about!


    • Thanks! I had a real dip in motivation during the week, but I’ve found a bit of a second wind this weekend. I know what you mean about distractions though – it’s so hard to turn off the tv and put my book down to write! Keep going though, you’ve done so well!!


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