I thought I would write a bit about my progress so far. On day 1, I got as far as making the decision to participate, coming up with a title and creating a document. Yesterday I wrote about 780 words. And today I am up to 1440. The thing is, I really want this to work this time, and I am at a stage, where I think I want to research and think about the next part that I am going to write, rather than just waffle on.
I am taking this book writing this rather seriously. I have even taking to going over my grammar points, using the following book as a reference guide - A Grammar Companion for Primary Teachers. I got this book when I started a degree to become a primary teacher when my kids were small. Needless to say, for me full time study and parenting didn't work that well, and then we decided to move to Italy. I have another great book from the English teaching subject that I took as well, that I may mention in a future post.
I have nine words circling around my brain, courtesy of reading a post on Booktopia's blog. It is right at the end of the blog post of an interview with Monica McInerney. These nine words, are her advice to aspiring writers. I thought - yes that is me. I am an aspiring writer. The nine words were: Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Edit, edit, edit.
In the past couple of days, I have done a fair amount of reading. Infact I have done what I decided last year I would not do. I am reading more than one book at once. I blame Nora Roberts. I bought a book during the summer when I was in the UK, and it is two of her books together. I started it last night - it has been sitting on the bookshelf begging me to start it. I read the prologue and then chapter 1. If I hadn't been too tired, I would have kept on going. Her description of the scenes and characters is fantastic. Plus I am going through the grammar book, and I am also reading a children's book, since my daughter asked me if I would read it. It is the first in the Kitty Slade series, by Fiona Dunbar.
This book was actually bought at The Children's bookshop in Beecroft, in Sydney. This year the bookshop is celebrating 40 years in the business. My daughter picked this book out from some of the others that were suggested to her. I have books on my bookshelves that relatives of mine bought for me at this bookshop.
So that leaves concentrating on writing some more. Editing will definitely come, but later, probably, if I take notice of the advice by the organisers of NaNo, who state that it is better to just write and edit later.