It seems somehow fitting that I should write my first blog post (and launch the site) when I am procrastinating on NaNoWriMo. It's that time in the month when one starts to feel (or perhaps it's just me) that one is going mad and losing one's touch, and must talk oneself into opening up the netbook and soldiering on.
In the past, I haven't had the best time with NaNoWriMo. In 2008, I won it, but disliked my novel - I think because I was trying to copy the style of an author I had recently discovered and loved (it was Hilary McKay - no one can copy her). In 2009, I failed, despite all the wonderful advice and pep talks. Last year, I wrote a novel that I know I will love one day, so I must be getting better. I know it's me that's the problem, not NaNoWriMo itself. In the case 0f 2013, I didn't plan and research well enough, so the work is now rougher than it ought to be (of course any 30-day first draft is rough enough) and I am still trying to edit it almost year later.
How is this year's attempt going? After my last three tries, I wouldn't like to say, because I'm bound to change my mind about it dozens o times. I'll say this, though: I've written some parts that I'm very proud of, and some parts that I know are awful, and everything in between. I'm sure pretty much everyone else who's attempting it would say the same thing.
This time, I am attempting a young adult/historical novel, exploring events before and during the uprising of Queen Boudica, through the eyes of one of her daughters. I've always loved the story, but only recently set out to learn about it from a wider perspective than when I learned about it at school in year 4. I think, this time, the biggest problem I've created for myself is that I was too stupid to research everyday Roman life, I was so caught up in the Celtic* side of things.
Well, I must soldier on... right now, in fact, so this is where I shall leave my first blog post.
*Any pedantic history-type people wanting to tell me the problem with the terms Celt, Celts and Celtic, I know, but I use the word anyway where it doesn't really matter. :P