NaNoWriMo 2019: An Experiment in Planning


So I’ve had my NaNo idea for about three weeks now.  Which is three to four weeks earlier than usual.  I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far and I’m starting to get to know my characters a little writing some pre-novel scenes that were important in their lives.  I used all the resources from the plot and character workshop our amazing former ML did for the region and I feel pretty confident about the plot idea (well except a bit of the nebulous middle, but who is really confident about that?) and I’m excited to get started.

And I’m a little terrified.  The last time I tried to draft a novel from scratch with an outline and a clearly defined ending, I ended up completely blocked and unable to write the story.  I’m trying so hard to have a growth mindset about the whole thing and believe that I can do this.  I rewrote the entirety of book two from a pretty strict outline and it turned out amazing (especially compared to draft zero!).  I’ve written to an outline successfully.  I can do this.  (If I keep repeating that, I have faith I will make it true.) Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Is Coming


Yes, I know, it’s still September.  But NaNoWriMo isn’t something I ever really stop doing at this point, so prepping this early isn’t as strange as it may seem.

For anyone new to the blog, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It’s an amazing challenge where you try to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the 30 days of November.  That’s 1,667 words per day.  It’s a rewarding creative challenge all by itself, but what I’ve really come to love over the years is the community that has grown up around the challenge.

This November will be my tenth participating in this crazy challenge, as well as my sixth year serving as a Municipal Liaison (ML).  That’s the fancy title NaNoWriMo gives its volunteers who coordinate activities in their local area.  I’m part of a team of MLs, which is good because our area is full of participants and we have a lot going on every November.  The year we actually kept track, we saw about 100 unique individuals over the course of the month, over half of whom came to our Kickoff Party.  We have write-ins every day of the month of November (yes that includes Thanksgiving).  We also do this crazy thing called Day of Writing Everywhere (DoWE) that involves at least six locations and writing from eight in the morning until midnight.  It’s epic and fun and ridiculous and I’m always completely exhausted by the end of it, but also write a ton of words and really enjoy myself the entire day. Continue reading