NaNoWriMo, Presenting the WIP


The waiting is near done, my WIP is revealed. The paranormal brothers are back and now it’s time to decide; am I in or out?

This year I feel ahead of the game. Whilst a pantser by nature, when it comes to writing, this time round I’m developing from two bases.

  1. A sequel to last years novel called The Bequest.
  2. Developing an unfinished short story from way back that was serialised here on my blog.

Both focus on the brothers Carmichael and their intrigue into paranormal investigations. Initially sceptics, their experiences have led to a range of incidents that science alone cannot explain. If you’ve read the short stories then comments on those are directly responsible for both The Bequest and the WIP below. I thank you for that.

Without further ado, here is the WIP as it currently stands.




The Blurb

MarshBank House is haunted, so say the locals. It consumes people, or sends them to the lunatic asylum.

Alan and Joseph Carmichael run a paranormal investigation sideline. Two years ago they lost Conrad while helping Emma Strickland with her late father’s estate. He went into the house and never came back. He was not the first.

Behind the house lies a marsh that gave rise to the name. A Black Marsh with a long forgotten past. One that bleeds out every so often and consumes what it can, laying waste to the rest.

The brothers are done mourning, they want answers. They are not alone. The dead are walking and the film between past and present grows thin.

Journey with Templars, howling ruins and a pub with the world’s longest serving landlord.


So, there we are. Actually prepared and yet still deciding if November is the right place to push this forwards or use next years Camp NaNo months.

To write… or not to write? That is the question.


Anyone wanting to buddy up is welcome to do so. Even if I don’t do it this year, you will be on my dashboard for next time!













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    • OMG, you turned NaNo into the Borg; “Resistance is futile.” You are right though, it is calling and its only my head that is trying to put fingers in the ears and go “La, la, la.”

      I fear you may have a significant point good lady, the game is afoot. My thanks for your decisive input πŸ™‚


  2. How can you wait? If you’re story’s bursting to come out, surely you have to write it now. Although part of me understands NaNoWriMo, most of me wonders how people can have a novel inside them and then they wait until November to let it out. For me, if it’s there, it’s got to be written down.

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  3. I’m going for it. What will be will be. If stuff gets in my way so be it but I have my schedule that I plan on sticking to.
    At least you have the blurb Gary…..sure give it a go and see where it goes. 😁
    We know you want to! πŸ˜‰

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    • Good show Gloria, Just take it at a realistic pace for you and if stuff gets in the way then at least words have been written. Loads of other Camps to finish things off if you want a month target of your own choosing and moral support from Campers like me πŸ™‚

      As for me… I rather think bloggers have tipped the scales. You are right I want to, but I keep looking at time availability and think “When???! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Mickey, I’ve always like the concept of weak point in time and space. In fiction it’s easy to use that to draw in ghosts from the past into the present, or vice versa.

      The landlord is a curio to me at the moment too. I’ve written three books (not published yet) in which he is a constant. His pub is also the stage of many queer happenings. It got me thinking that maybe he is at least as old as the pub which makes he role more subtle and, in many cases, the source of comedic relief. I may put up some extracts with him in to test what readers think πŸ™‚


  4. Remember, you’re only competing against yourself, Gary. I always found that quite motivating as I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. Having done NaNo four times I can say it’s a wonderful way to get that first draft out of your head. Your blurb sounds fab and we NEED your book!! Go for it! Share your word count on FB and tag us in so we can keep you accountable. Do everything you can to free up the time and space you need and devote it to your writing. Good luck x

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    • I addressed the competitive elements in my previous post in that heed what I say and not as I do fashion. I actually did it last year and hit nearly 60K. This “should” be easier in the sense that it follows on from the last book. Time is my real enemy and I’m trying to identify blocks of time to write in. A case of finding the habit again I fear!

      Thank you for the wise words Shelley x


    • Thanks Ryan, I’m still weighing it up this year even if comments here are pushing for me to do it! The full NaNoWriMo is time demanding as my previous post talks about. I’m actually trying to rally people for the easier introductions next year in CampNaNo. Exactly the same, but the writer sets their own goal. Helps generate a writing habit and boosts confidence with a buddy network of people doing exactly the same thing. I’m aiming to tempt people to join in on those next year. It’s a great introduction to the process, even if one never does the main event!

      Thanks for dropping in. WIP previews are always rich in cognitive dissonance as it open up the idea to anyone who drops by. Mind you, that’s writing for you I guess!


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