NaNoWriMo & Nottingham Writers’ Club Short Story Competition

I did it! I wrote 50,000 words! 2013 NaNoWriMo Winner

I hit the NaNoWriMo target on 25th November – I had planned to write 2,000 words per day and, amazingly, I managed to stick to it.

Now the not so good bit. As soon as I hit 50,000 words I abandoned my routine. I had planned to keep going all the way to November 30th and thus amass 60,000 words. But once I knew I’d done enough to be a NaNo winner, I could no longer drag myself out of bed at 6:15 am to write 1,000 words before breakfast.

So now I’m gearing myself up to write the last little bit of the story, and then it’s the scary part – reading back through it all and discovering it’s all mumbo jumbo!

And if you’re looking for a new project now that NaNo is over:

Nottingham Writers’ Club are holding their first National Short Story Competition. The winner gets £200 and there are 15 prizes in total. ‘Emotion’ is the theme of the competition and the word limit is 2,000.

Entries can only be submitted between 1st and 31st January 2014 and, “All entrants must be non-professional writers. For the purpose of this competition, we define ‘non-professional’ as a writer who has earned less than £500 from short story writing during 2013”.

Request an entry form and further details here.

Finally, a quick shout out for Alison May. Alison is a fellow member of the Birmingham Chapter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has just had her debut novel published via Choc Lit Lite.
It’s titled ‘Much Ado About Sweet Nothing’ and is available initially in e-book format.
Congratulations, Alison!

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  1. #1 by Wendy Clarke on December 1, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Well done, Sally. A great achievement – I am so impressed!

  2. #3 by Jean on December 1, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Congratulations, Sally. Keep us posted re the novel.

  3. #4 by Tracy Fells on December 1, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Congratulations on hitting 50K for NaNo, Sally! That is a terrific achievement. Top tip – keep going if you can. I did the same as you after finishing NaNoWriMo and changed my routine – consequently I still haven’t finished the novel…ahh. Good luck with hitting the next milestone for the novel.

    • #5 by Sally Jenkins on December 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

      Thanks Tracy and Jean.
      I know I need to get back in my routine – tomorrow, I promise!

  4. #6 by Julia on December 1, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Well done, Sally. And thanks for the Notts tip.

  5. #8 by Linda on December 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    Well done, Sally! But don’t rush to read your NaNo novel straight away. Much better to slow down and get back to ‘normal’ writing for a while. When you do look at what you’ve produced there will no doubt be a lot of groans at some of the rubbish but I’m sure you’ll also spot some gems that will be worth gathering up and polishing.

    • #9 by Sally Jenkins on December 2, 2013 - 8:20 pm

      That’s good advice, Linda – and an excuse to have a rest from it for a while!

  6. #10 by Anne Harvey on December 1, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    Many congratulations, Sally. I’ve been full of admiration to people like yourself who have dedicated themselves to churning out 50,000 in November, it’s such an achievement.

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