It's October and that means time to prepare for NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is stands for Nationan Novel Writing Month. Every November people around the globe attempt to draft a novel in 30 days.
The fine people who run NaNoWriMo have suggest that 50,000 should be the goal for the month. Last year, I participated and met that goal!! I was so proud of myself. I had written 50,000 words in one month.
At the time, it was more words than I had written for any story idea! The only issue was that my draft wasn't complete. So I have spent the year since NaNoWriMo 2016 trying to finish. As I sit here right now it is still incomplete. Do not worry it will be finished before NaNoWriMo 2017 begins.
Soo what does that mean for me and NaNoWriMo 2017? Well after much research and based on my last draft, I have decided to do a super-NaNoWriMo. I have set my goal at 100,000 ... yes that's right ... I will write 100,000 words next month.
How will I do that? Well much like last year I will prepare during October. But, this year my preparations have are more extensive.
This year's novel is the next book in the series began with last year's book. That's why it has to be finished. It also means that many of my character profiles are already done. I will work on completing profiles for new characters. I will also do profiles for any characters who were minor characters in the previous novel but are integral to this new novel.
I will also fully outline this book. Last year I did major outlining of the first 2/3rds and let the rest go lax. That contributed to delays in the completion of novel one.
Not only must my novel be ready to be written but I must also be ready. That includes meal prepping, scheduling out my month, creating music playlists for writing and improving my writing space.
I have already begun freezing meals for consumption in November!
Here are links to a few of the resources I've been using to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2017.
Sign up for NaNoWriMo. You should immerse yourself in the activities and community associated with the month. It helps: www.nanowrimo.org
Video on how to outline. I used this method for outlining last year's novel amd will dk the same for this year: youtu.be/94F-3Z6CJJw
Kristen Martin on Youtube. I find everything she posts inspiring. Like me she is a writer while working another fulltime job in a completely different area: www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyy_hiZRaSLGLOn62Nc4AA
Video by BoHo Berry on creating a journal. I will type my story but I still use skme of her ideas: youtu.be/AU9iqUWrsDA
Wordlabs name generator. It can get hard coming up with names: www.wordlab.com/name-generators/
I am always finding new resources. When I do, I will be sure to post them.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this year connect with me on the site! My user name is nhlove365 I'd love to be buddies and cheer you on.
Wish me luck...I'll need it.
Best of luck to you, too!