Nanowrimo and other news

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I did it. I finally finished my fifty thousand words for National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo. There were many times I thought I wouldn’t make it, I didn’t write for five days straight, there were days I only wrote five hundred words… and a day where I wrote seven thousand.

I now have a first draft of a novel, which as we should be moving house before the end of the year, will be put away until the Christmas holidays. But I will get it out again. Then the process of revising and editing will begin and eventually it will be ready either to be picked up by a publisher or if not, I will self publish.

Either way I am determined it will see the light of day.

I have something else to tell you. As a youth worker, I see lots of young people struggle at school. There is one thing I tell themwhich seems to encourage them, because I don’t think they expect to hear it from an adult.

I am dyslexic.

I think people think it wears off… but it doesn’t. And young people are encouraged to find they are not the only one. Even adults have it. I mean, you should read my unedited draft. At least I have typed it. If I had hand written it, once I got writing at speed… even I wouldn’t have been able to read it.

So if a dyslexic youth worker can write, anyone can.

In other news, over advent, I will be posting each day some thoughts about Christmas, a Christmas craft and a photo, so if you like thinking, doing or just looking… it will be for you 😀

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