Summer flew by and winter is coming! NaNoWriMo is also upon us – it will be here before you know it. Normally, I am a total pantser, meaning on November 1, I open Google Docs and start typing. I usually have no idea what my story will be about, who my characters are or the theme. I do know the genre – YA Paranormal or Supernatural FanFic. **Update: I just found a YouTube video from the amazing Rachael Stephen explaining why we shouldn’t label ourselves pansters or plotters. Go check it out!** That’s all I do. Until now. I’ve decided to start planning my story now. Why? Because I have so much going on in my life that I just don’t have time to wing it and I know I won’t hit any sort of goal without a plan.
WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a month-long writing challenge. The goal is to write a novel that’s 50,000 words in length. You can write other things (short stories, poetry, songs, etc) but you are considered a NaNoWriMo Rebel (but that’s cool!) I’ve participated for quite a few years. Last year, I only hit 19,000 words because I had the worst case of strep ever, and got psoriasis from it.
SIGN UP FOR NANOWRIMO
Over the next 30 days, I will be sharing my tips and tricks for successfully completing NaNoWriMo. True, I have never completed NaNoWriMo, but I have learned things along the way that will be helpful to both me and you (I hope!)
MY NANOWRIMO GOAL
I am choosing to go big – 50,000 words in 30 days. It CAN be done. It HAS been done (just not by me). I’ll be breaking up my daily word count (2,000 words) into more manageable pieces, which I’ll cover in another post later on. I am also leading the Come Write In local events at the Public Library this November. So far, it’s just me. And that’s ok. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and I don’t really know any other local writers.
Good luck! Get writing!
Part Two can be found here.
Part Three can be found here.