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Introducing Fogarty

As mentioned, I’d been toying with the idea of posting bits of my NaNoWriMo on my blog throughout November. Of course, then I quit writing, so there wasn’t much to post. But the flood of encouragement I received over the past couple of days really motivated me, and I’ve made it to 7100 words! I’m also super excited about this new story. That’s not to imply that it’s any good–it’s just that I enjoy writing it so much more than I did the previous story.

As you probably guessed, since I started writing this (flying by the seat of my pants) a week into NaNoWriMo, I didn’t do much any research. Mostly I’m just going by what I’ve picked up here and there from reading Agatha Christie over the years. Because, yep, this is my attempt to write a sort of Agatha Christie type novel–a mystery, though this revolves around a theft and not a murder–but I have no idea how successful it will be. It may be the easiest thing ever to solve, or it may make absolutely no sense at all. I’m just flying by the seat of my pants, as said.

And of course, this is a rough draft. I tried to polish it a little for your sake (my rough drafts are much much much rougher than this, if you can even imagine)–but I didn’t want to polish to such an extent that I ended up cutting words. So there’s a lot of filler words (quite, very, oh, and so on). It’s not that I’m deliberately padding my story…it’s just that I tend to write my rough drafts like that anyway, and in NaNoWriMo I don’t fight the urge.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Fogarty.

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Modus Operandi: NaNoWriMo Edition

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