NaNoWriMo Participant 2016

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So you’ve all probably heard about NaNoWriMo? Funnily enough this is the first year I have heard of it, probably because I haven’t been on social media much due to working full time for clients.

However, I have decided to take up the challenge and TRY to finish a novel in 30 days. That’s 50,000 words in 30 days which equates to 1,666 or similar per day to finish on time

NaNoWriMo Official

There is so much support out there and the official NaNoWriMo website has so much to keep you motivated with badges to earn, and forums to take part in and local events to attend should you need it, they have it.

If you don’t already know, I have always dreamt of writing a book, yet simply don’t have the time or discipline to put my thoughts down in one place. I have therefore opted to help other authors get their work in digital and print. Therefore, I will attempt the impossible and try and make sense of it all in the next 30 days.

Sample CoverThe Darker Side of Yin

Better yet, why don’t you just buddie up with me on NaNoWriMo? Just look for Frankie Ballantyne. The book is called The Darker Side of Yin, but this is probably going to change along the way, along with the cover etc., as I had to knock this up in a few minutes so not much thought has done into the book, the cover or the blurb just yet.

I find it would be easier to put that all together after the book is written and I have a clearer path in my mind of where this project is heading and of course if I will actually finish the project on time.

Badges (Dashboard)

So far, I have racked up a cool 9 badges (3 of which are self awarded).

NaNoWriMo Dashboard

Stats Day 1

NaNoWriMo Stats Day 1


Blog Updates

I will be updating this blog on a daily or weekly basis. No point duplicating content so I will simply add my daily or weekly achievements to this blog piece when I get the chance, so do bookmark for future reference.


The one thing that motivated me to write this very suddenly on 31st October was an offer from Novlr. They are offering their software free for the 30 days of NaNoWriMo, after which you can pay £10 per month.

I have been testing it but to be honest, I do prefer the good old word document. Probably because I am a typesetter so can set things up the way I want them from the start. But for those who have no idea about styles and formatting, its a good little free helper during the month.  And it offers many benefits such as writing stats to help you along your writing journey. It is worth a look and a try.


So its day one. Feeling positive, excited and on track, and will attempt to keep it that way. So feel free to join me on my journey or if you are local lets meet up at one of the weekend venue’s to do an spot of writing or motivating along the way.