This November will be my first year participating in National Novel Writing Month – and I’m very excited about it! Other than last fall, I’ve been working full-time every November for the last several years, and this past year I was well into the process of revising the rough draft of my novel during NaNo – didn’t seem like a good idea to switch gears and start something new right then.
So this year, I get to do it, and I’m trying to think ahead and prepare for it so I can get the most out of it that I can.
If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and November 30th by writing 1500 words per day (at least!) Correct me if I’m wrong about that word count, because I had trouble double-checking it on the NaNo website. Of course, it’s going to be very rough, but that’s what I’ve been preachin’ about lately, right? Write it down and THEN fix it. NaNo has a strong online presence, too, and it’s a great way to connect with other writers and swap story talk.
I’m planning on writing the first book of a trilogy that I’ve been planning, plotting, fiddling with, rewriting, changing, doing research for, and generally screwing around with for the past 13 years. I WANT this book to be written, dang it, and it’s time it was. What better way to stop all the hemming and hawing and actually plunge into this story than NaNoWriMo? That’s my plan, anyway.
In preparation for my month of glorious and frantic writing, here’s some stuff I want to do ahead of time:
- get all my notes together and re-organize them, taking out all the discarded and altered ideas and putting those in a separate binder, so I’ll have a cohesive set of details to work from
- finish my rough plotline for the various characters’ story arcs, leaving plenty of room for the story to change if need be
- do more architectural drawings of the setting, to help keep my visuals consistent as I work on writing it
- take care of as much mundane, real-world stuff ahead of time as possible to keep that month focused on writing
- possibly do some writing exercises to draw out my ideas for the characters and the storyline – sort of a pre-emptive inspiration process
- get some appropriate music together and make some work playlists for my writing time
Maybe it’s crazy to prep for something that’s all about keeping a sense of spontaneity, but hey, what Boy Scout doesn’t come prepared, right?
On a side note, I have just returned from vacation, which is why I haven’t updated this week, and hopefully someday I’ll post more consistently on this blog!
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Let’s do some more exercises to get ready for NaNo! I need to work up a general outline and a general cast of characters so I don’t sit around staring into space when I should be pounding out the word count!
Yay! I agree with your plan 100%. 🙂 And thanks! 🙂
This post reminds me of why you quickly became one of my favorite people at the bookstore . . . I often feel like we are on the same page about so much stuff!
I have been keeping notes for a fantasy trilogy the whole time I have been writing this other novel (it’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but not quite 13 years!) and I am just dying to start it . . . yet I keep putting it off. If i can get “done” with this draft (done = only minor tinkering left) it would be so awesome to do NaNo this year while someone else I know is doing it. Now I have a new motivation to get the other project finished so I can start this!
LOL! That’s crazy – both of us finishing a draft around the same time, both being in a place to work on a fantasy trilogy we’ve had in mind throughout writing another book, both looking forward to NaNo. 🙂 Clearly, we’re on the same wavelength.
And yeah…we really did hit it off almost instantly when you started at the bookstore. Kindred spirits. 🙂 So happy we have stayed in touch, and hope we can keep up even better, going forward.
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Thanks! Checked out your blog, too – looks cool! 🙂
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