National Novel Writing Month is upon us! Have you ever done NaNoWriMo? This will be my first year participating because the FOMO is real, let me tell you.
Last December-February (during my first semester of graduate school, while I was working two part-time jobs) I wrote my first novel. I managed to get to my 80,000 word count in just over 60 days. It was exhilarating and so fun. I still don’t know how I did it, but when you are doing something you really enjoy, it just doesn’t feel like work. “Working” on that book every day was like my unwinding time. I made a daily/weekly word count goal sheet and actually finished earlier than I had planned, much to my surprise.
I’ve been in the beginning stages of planning another novel and I realized that with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, what better time to start than November 1st?
I know that we all write and plan differently, but here are the steps that I’ll be taking today and this weekend to prepare:
- Creating an outline of events
- Character profiles
- Light research on the topic
- Plan daily word count
I realize this list is laughably short, but if I went into detail for each topic this post would go on forever. I have it all planned in my head (don’t we all? wink, wink) but I need to see a complete outline on paper to help me stay organized. The “light research” is being deemed such because if I tried to become an expert on the topic I’m writing about, it would take too long. I’ll save the nailing down of the specifics for the edits which will take place once the month is over. I personally tend to work best when I have a word count goal for each day, which is key for me. I really don’t know how you could do it any other way, but everyone is different.
Good luck to anyone else participating!