National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Update 1

My NaNoWriMo story is going well.

In the week prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo, I researched Ghana as a setting for my story. I was inspired to set my story in Ghana after learning about the work of and their year-long Ghana trial making ereaders and ebooks available to assist in literacy and education and selecting them as a recommended charity for The Australian Literature Review).

In planning my story, I split the intended 50,000 words into four sections of 12,500 words, decided the general focus and direction each section would take and how these would flow together to keep the story momentum going throughout the 50,000 words.

I decided on the main characters I would include in the story and wrote a few key details of each character’s personality and personal background which would become relevant to the story.

I wrote down 16 story points to get through over the course of the first 12,500 words.

Then I began writing the story itself.

With my 16 story points in place for guidance, I confidently expect to get through the first 12,500 word section and have a firm set of story points to guide section two by the end of the weekend.

My story is aimed at children/teens. It is told by 13 year old Michael, the son of a biologist father specialising in primates and an adventure activity guide mother. His parents had planned a family trip to the Ghanaian jungle to search for rare Roloway monkeys in the Ankasa reserve, with another couple they are good friends with and their daughter Amy, who is Michael’s age. Following the recent death of Michael’s mother, he has insisted on going ahead with the trip. After a few days in the jungle, he tires of the adults always being busy with their work as well as his inability to develop a friendship with Amy, despite the close friendship their parents enjoy. His change of attitude towards their trek through the jungle inspires what he calls “the first of three major mistakes I would make in the next twenty four hours”. These “three major mistakes” will be made in the first section of the story and will contribute to a major turning point in the story at the end of the first section.


I am also on track with my 100 hours in 10 Days Challenge, for which I am contributing 100 hours of my time and effort between Nov 1st and Nov 10th to activities which benefit the work of towards their goal of “books for all”. More details on how this challenge is progressing will be provided in the next few updates.

If you are interested in contributing to a literary or literacy based charity, The Australian Literature Review recommends and Room to Read.

The Australian Literature Review

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4 Responses to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Update 1

  1. Oh good for you! I joined Nanowrimo this year, but I’m failing as I have so much else going on. I’m still hoping to make a start … better late than never, right. You sound like you’re doing really well, good luck with it!

  2. Sam Stephens says:


    Looking forward to hearing how it all comes together!


  3. di says:

    So what can be done for apart from donating money? What is your challenge?

    • auslit says:

      For the general public the best thing to do for, beyond donating, is to buy a ebook (you can find a link to ebooks by Ghanaian authors at ) or to follow their work via their Facebook, Twitter, or blog (all linked to at ) and share anything you find interesting with others who would also find it interesting.

      Personallly, my self-imposed challenge is to contribute 100 hours of time and effort between Nov 1st and Nov 10th. For me, this involves writing a novel to be published as an ebook with the proceeds to be shared with, writing articles to be published online, talking with authors and publishers about donating ebooks for use in’s year-long ereader trial in Ghana, developing a charitable short story anthology and organising authors for it, etc.

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