I came into contact with Covid 19 and at first, I was angry as I had taken on board all of the advice about social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.
However, once my anger had worn off, I realised this was an opportunity. I could do the National Novel Writing Month of November.
Often I don’t write because I am ‘too busy’, ‘too tired’, ‘wanting to be with my family’. In fact there are hundreds of reasons why my second novel has taken me so long to write.
Now, after completing the excellent ‘Dream Author Coaching Programme’, created and run by the brilliant Sophie Hannah, I had some tools to overcome the obstacles, and self isolation would give me the opportunity to put these to good use.
7 days in to Nano and I have written more than 10000 words, some of them terrible but with some gems nestling in there. Always an avid brainstormer, the deadline and pressure of Nano suits my creative spirit and after years of trying to give this novel some momentum, it is taking shape.
Some of my fellow Faber Academy Alumni are also tackling the challenge and we have formed a group to help with motivation, etc.
If any of you are also doing the challenge, please feel free to buddy up with me on the Nano website. My Nano name is lindybee.