November is national novel writing month - NaNoWriMo - one of my favourite months of the year. As a slow, edit-as-you-go writer, I knew I would struggle with the fast and furious pace of NaNoWriMo, but once I gave myself permission not to edit, the words flowed.
I'm in my pre-NaNo phase - where I try to soak in as many experiences as I can that will help with my writing. Yesterday was a history day - a library talk about historic Baddow House in Maryborough and one of my favourite creativity exercises - my usual distance walk, but on roads I've never been on before. The walk was great. Tucked away in suburbia was a 1950's treasure trove - original house, 1950's house and caravan, on a couple of acre block with the original fence still standing (above). Sadly it was surrounded by units and townhouses and I could imagine the distress of the elderly couple who lived there as the property developers circled.
If you're thinking of trying NaNoWriMo, Alexandra Sokoloff dedicates October to NaNoWriMo preparation. Working through the blog posts and exercises will make your November that much easier.
Fiona Greene Author
"A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step."