This is my third year participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’m in it to win it.
NaNoWriMo is a “nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds – on and off the page”- NaNoWriMo Website.
Every November, the organization holds a month-long writing challenge called National Novel Writing Month. During this month, writers are challenged to write 50,000 words between November 1st and 30th.
My first try at NaNoWriMo was not a win, and although I want to say it wasn’t successful, the success came in planting the seed in me, and pushing me to try again year after year.
And last year, was a winning year! I wrote 50,245 words of a novel that will honestly never see the light of day, but it was an important novel for me to write.
I’ve started prepping in, what NaNoWriMo-ers call, Preptober.
OK, by prepping I mean that I have starting thinking about prepping. I have been working out plot points and character arks in my head, but I haven’t put pen to paper.
This is how NaNoWriMo suggests that you start prepping:
I’ve done all of the September things, in my head of course, and now I need to start plotting my time and schedule for writing. Also, I need to start taking some serious notes.
I am using Scrivener, which is an amazing novel writing app. It’s got some great features for taking notes and shuffling ideas. It also has an easy word count, and you can set daily goals for words, to stay on track.
You can create notes for each chapter, and then when November starts you can go into each note and flesh out the characters and plot. My goal for the end of Preptober is to have a card filled out for each chapter. Then, when November 1st comes, I’ll be ready to rock.
I’m super excited about my novel idea this year, and I’m even more excited to get writing it. But if I learned anything last year, it was that prep work is super important! So I’m getting on it.