Yessssssss my friends, it is here again!! Last year, instead of stressing myself out trying to finish a 50K word novel, my goal was to completely plot my novel (in case you’re not familiar, check out National Novel Writing Month 2017). AND I SUCCEEDED. There was SUCH a happy dance! So naturally, I’m doing it again this year! If you have already decided or are on the fence, check out the main page and then hop over and add me as a writing buddy!
I did not, however, succeed at finishing said novel this year. Currently “Rising of the Sun” sits at 18,598 words, according to my Scrivener file. Just a leeeeetle bit short of my goal of 120K. But, not to be deterred, today I sat down to figure out my goals and plans for NaNoWriMo 2017. First up was reading over my (FINISHED! I just have to keep pointing that out, I’m so proud of myself) outline.
And this was my face, because I seriously HAVE NO MEMORY of writing some of this stuff. Like where TF did this come from? Did this actually come out of my brain? I mean, it must have…right?
Well, regardless – my goal for NaNo this year is to add 50,000 words to my novel. Based on the size of my outline, I would say the finished word count goal of 120K is probably a gross UNDERestimate, haha. For this month of #Preptober my plan is:
- Re-read outline in entirety
- Read already written 18,000 words – DO NOT EDIT! Inner editor, now is not your time…
- Fill in major character sketches for both MCs
- Fill in major character sketches for 4 other characters
- Fill in DETAILED plot outline for next 3 chapters
- Find or put together writing playlists (Apple Music? Spotify?)
Do you have plans for NaNoWriMo 2017? Have you participated before? Do you think it helps you as a writer? What are you doing for #Preptober?
Links to Help Prep for NaNoWriMo 2017:
- Kara at Boho Berry has some awesome bullet journal pages for her NaNo goals
- NaNoWriMo is putting together a bunch of official events – check out the list and see if there is one near you!
- Writers and Artists has a list of helpful actions to do before you start your NaNo novel
- Eadeverell has some AMAZING free downloads to help you plot your story and flesh out your characters!