I’ve completed National Novel Writing Month for the last two years in a row, but I can’t do it this year. I’d love to, and could probably find the time, at the expense of many other things, but I don’t think it would be wise. I’m just over a month into the first term of uni and not really into a proper routine yet; my work would undoubtedly suffer if I tried to write 1667 words per day around it, and I don’t want to fall behind at this stage. If I’d plotted out the story this month and knew exactly what I was going to write each day then I might have managed it, but making it up as I go takes too long. I can reel off a list of excuses, but it comes down to being just a little too busy, which is annoying – the feeling of satisfaction at the end is immense, even if the project is at times hellish. Next year, hopefully.