You Need Your Novel!
From November 1st to 30th every year, authors all over the world embark on a noble quest; to write an entire novel, 50,000 words to be exact, in thirty days. Yikes. And this year I’ve decided to join their ranks. Double yikes.
Seriously though, I am excited about it, and also a little scared. I’ve written novels before (I’ve got two I’ll be publishing in January, yay!), but I sure did take my sweet time writing them. I dragged my feet with edits, worked on other projects, paid my bills, you know, life stuff. And I felt like a slacker the entire time. I would read articles about authors who publish multiple books a year and I’d think to myself “I’ve got lots of ideas, why aren’t I writing more?” and then another part of me would answer “Discipline, darling, discipline.” Ah yes, discipline, the ultimate foe. If you want to write more, you have to write more. Triple yikes.
Enter NaNoWriMo; the ultimate discipline showdown.
In order to slay this particular dragon one must be prepared. So here’s what I’m doing to get ready for November 1st:
1. I signed up.
Yes, a simple task, but an important one. Go to Nanowrimo.org and get yourself a profile. We can be buddies, I’m PhoenixHive. There are lots of great resources, groups and forums. I’m still exploring.
2. Outline! Outline! Outline!
I want to know where my book is going or at least where I’d like it go, so I can just power up and write. I’m also pushing myself outside my usual genre, fantasy, and trying my hand at a thriller. So I want to know ahead of time where the holes are in my plot and plug ‘em. I’m also hoping to avoid the dreaded “Oh, look! I’ve written myself into a corner,” syndrome.
I am spending the remaining days of October watching scary movies (because Halloween) and researching everything that could possibly come up in my story so I know the world inside and out.
Writing a 50,000 word draft in thirty days is no small undertaking. Some things will have to be put aside to get it done. I’m looking ahead in my schedule and planning my writing pockets around the things that just can’t be set aside, and doing stuff now that can’t wait until December.
Come November 1st I’ll be sitting in the cool blue glow of my computer screen and writing my guts out. Will you be joining me?