Thursday 8 November 2012


For those that don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National November Writing Month - where any and all aspiring, and already successful writers, attempt to write 50,000 words in a month. Many begin a new project, a new novel, but the idea is to just keep writing, no looking back, no editing - just write!

There is a website to sign up on and keep log of your word count, with a lovely little graph to show you whether you are on track, and there is also a forum and you can link to any friends you have who are also taking part - your 'buddies'.

This is my third attempt. Last year I only reached 20,000 words, but considering I had a work project running, it was really hard to keep on track. And although the same has happened this year too - a work project (maybe two) has started up alongside it - I have so far been able to stay on track and have breached over 11,000 words in just one week.

But this year I have a much larger support group, who are all writers of vary degrees, and whom I stay connected with through Twitter. We help motivate each other on a daily basis, in particular with what we call 'Word Mongering' sessions, where you go for 'writing sprints' on the hour or the half hour, and write for intervals of 30 minutes and see how many words you can achieve. 

It was during one of these sessions that the idea to post a piece of your unedited work came from. So here I am to do exactly that. I am doing two projects for NaNoWriMo this year: finishing my novel Jade, and starting another novel Sleep.

I am down to the last couple of scenes of Jade, which is about an exclusive nightclub owner called Michael Nelson who has a secret, when that secret comes out all hell breaks lose both personally and professional. This scene is near the end, and is presently a favourite of mine (although it might need more work). So here it is, in all its unedited glory!

John looked at Kate and they both smiled. Kate said, “I don’t know what you said to her that night in the club when she went to talk to you, but you’ve earnt her undying respect! She’s changed her allegiance and been trying to get me to talk to you for a while now.”
“Really? I just put my foot down; wouldn’t put up with her drama, or screaming accusations. She just needed someone to be firm with her.”
Kate laughed. “People have tried that before, it had to be more than that.”
Michael shrugged. “I only insisted on how much I loved you. Told her I wanted to marry you. Could it have been that?’
Kate looked shocked. “You still want to marry me? And you told her that?”
“Yes, I do, and yes I did.”
Kate blushed.
“But this isn’t my official proposal. I think we should wait until I know if I’m of any use to you before making any kind of commitment. I have no idea what state I’m going to be in after this operation heals.” He grinned and she laughed.
“It’s not all about that and you know it!”
“I know, but it does matter.”
“Not to me.”
John interrupted. “Erm, hello? Have you two forgotten I’m still here?”
“No, not at all, you can bear witness to it.”
“Yes John, you can bear witness to the fact that I have just accepted Michael’s marriage proposal.”
Michael’s smile turned to one of elation. “Are you sure? I don’t want you rushing into anything; we need to do a lot of talking first.”
“I know that, but I don’t want to waste anymore time. These last few weeks have shown me one thing; I don’t want you out of my life. I loved who we were together and I want to find that again.”
Michael knew he couldn’t lean forward and kiss her, so he pulled her to him instead. This time he ignored the pain in his face and kissed her for a long time, a hand on each side of her face as he did so.  Only John clearing his throat finally stopped them.
“Sorry John, it had to be done.”
“I know, but it’s not nice feeling all green and hairy!”
They all laughed.


  1. Oh that gooseberry moment - I know it so well! It's lovely to finally read some of your wordmongering efforts Miranda - always a pleasure to sprint with you! xx

  2. That's lovely Miranda, I'd like to know what Michael's secret is though! :)

  3. Thanks for your comments! And you will have to wait to read the whole book Lisa to find out!

  4. Thanks for dropping by Gert! (;>