The kids are back in school, holiday merchandise is popping up at the local stores, and my heater at home came on for the first time this season.
Do you know what that means?
Right, National Novel Writing Month is almost here. For those of you who are not familiar with NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short), it’s a month where writers around the world do their best to get 1,667 words on the page every day in the month of November, resulting in a 50,000 word manuscript by December 1st.
It’s fun and exciting and motivating and challenging and, frankly, hard as all get out.
It’s also a great way to focus on a writing project and get some words on the page. Of course, not everyone has a creative muse who responds well to that kind of pressure, but as I found out in 2015, mine seems to be okay with the idea. Something about the accountability and not wanting to be left behind when others reach their target word counts is just the motivation I need to move from “thinking” about story to actually writing it down.
Last year was a bust, for reasons outside of my control, but I’m looking forward to November this time around (and not just because there will be Halloween candy right beforehand). I’ve already decided on the story I’ll be writing, a contemporary romance with the working title A Change of Heart. The story is the second book in the series that I started with my 2015 NaNo story, Second Chances.
In order give myself the best chance of success this time around I’m doing a fair amount of pre-work. It worked well for me in 2015, so it makes sense to do it again.
This week my focus is on: Outlining Continue reading