NaNoWriMo is here! Well, almost. National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow, and those of us who are brave (or dumb) enough to tackle on the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days will descend into the biggest writing spring I know of. I’d like to think I’m ready. Ok, let’s do the check list:
Story outline – check. More or less. I’ve got my story in a major cliff notes version save for the final conflict. I’m having trouble seeing how it plays out specifically, but I know the things that need to happen, so I’m going to tackle this one as I go. I also know that things may change a little as I start writing so aspects of the ending may change between now and the time I sit to write it, so this may work in my favor. In any case, I should be able to write it, I just don’t have it down like I do the rest of the book. Fear not.
Word count goal – check. This one is good to go. I know that there are certain days in the month of November that I won’t be able to get any writing done (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving) so I’ve shuffled around my daily goals to make up for the days I’m not writing. It’s also nice to know that in the few days I’m not writing I can use as a break. I’ll have a better chance at not hitting a burn out in stressing over writing every day. I know I’ll have breaks, so I can just write away until I get to them. I’m pretty good at letting go and getting into a good flow once I get into the zone, so I’m not sweating the higher word count goals I’ll need to hit. To give you guys an idea, I’ll have five days scheduled to not write, which has pushed all my other daily goals to over 2000 words or more each day. This may sound like a lot, but lets look at it this way. By the time I’ll have finished writing this blog post, I should have hit somewhere around 500 words and I will have only spent about 30 minutes writing it. I know this is only a first draft and there will be plenty of editing going on after I’m done. The important thing here is to get the words on the page. I will have plenty of time to come back to all this later.
Well, that’s really it. My outline is ready and I’ve got my plan in place of when and how much I look to write. All I have to do is stick with it. Breaking it up into manageable pieces was a key aspect of helping me finish last year and I strongly recommend that if you are writing this year, have a plan on how you want to attack this thing. I wrote about some ideas to help writing NaNoWriMo 2017 HERE. If you are participating, it me up as a writing buddy (I’m under the username marvelzombie); we can help cheer each other on and make sure we all get to the finish line.
Just think, this time next month, you might have written an entire novel. Sounds cool, right? Let’s do this thing!