This is not the greatest hiatus in the world. This is just a tribute. (It’s not even really a hiatus, actually.)

Those of you who follow me on Twitter, or know me well enough to speak to me via other social media thingies, or indeed have ever read this blog, really, will be more than aware that National Novel Writing Month is happening in around a week.

You might also have noticed that I was incredibly prolific with the old blog posts at the beginning of this month and have since gone pretty quiet (it’s been twelve days, by my count, since my last post). This is all because, for the first time since 2015, I am in fact committing to write an entire 50,000-word novel (or the first 50,000 words of a more longerer novel, more likely knowing me) in the 30 days of November.

I’ve been doing some planning, outlining, all that fun stuff, and I think I am now pretty much ready to go, but… well, an average of 1,667-ish words a day is hard to do when you’ve got a job and all that other fun adulty stuff, so it’s unlikely that I’ll have time to do much in the way of bloggerising too. So if you don’t see me around much during November, don’t worry! I’ll just be pulling my hair out trying to put a story together for the first time in years; I’ll be fine, I’ll be back.

If I do get the chance to post anything much during November, it’ll probably be in the form of responses to community things like the Question of the Month or potentially some updates on how the old novelly thing is going. In the meantime, you should definitely keep an eye on Adventure Rules, where Ian will also be doing National Novel Writing Month – unlike me, though, he’ll actually be posting the chapters of his novel as they come together, so you’ll be able to see his progress as it unfolds!

I will still be on social media and whatnot, so don’t be a stranger. See you all on the other side..!



  1. Well, if you do fancy it, we’ve got a sort of mini-bloggers-turned-NaNoists support group going on over at the forums! I totally get not feeling able to commit, though, it is kind of a big thing – but it’s not like there’s anything bad that’ll happen if you start giving it a go and decide it’s not for you. (Although I can relate to the feeling of just not wanting to start something and not finish it, don’t get me wrong. Maybe just start with, like, microfiction from time to time?)

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