NaNoWriMo Prep Season

That’s what they call the month (or months!) when you start trying to figure out what you’re doing for your novel.

November is going to be crazy for me because not only am I going to be getting started with editing for The Detective’s Brother, I’m planning on trying to write a novel in 30 days and since it’s my first time doing both I’m not sure what to expect!

I’ve heard a lot about NaNoWriMo from various sources and it all seems to be very enthusiastic either way. On one end of the spectrum you have the people who say it’s wonderful, a good exercise and helps to get you going on a project you might otherwise never have started. On the far opposite end you have people who will argue with you and say that writing 50,000 words in a month is useless and doesn’t make you a “real” writer.

As for me, I’m doing it because I think it will be fun to challenge myself to write most of a book (I highly doubt 50,000 words would be enough for me to finish a book) in a month. I might not be able to do it but at least I’ll have had some fun trying!

I pulled an old story idea out of mothballs and have been using Scrivener to get it all arranged so that I’m ready when November hits. I feel like having a good plan is essential to me getting the story moving in the right direction, even when I’m tired out after work or stealing a few minutes to type during my lunch break. I’ll post a couple of in-progress updates, and maybe even an excerpt if you promise not to hold it against me if it’s terrible. If I get most of it done and then finish it up later, it might just become my next book.

Actually, that’s probably not the case. I’ve already got another book written that just needs an ending and a little polishing, and that will most likely be the next one I publish providing people like Detective’s Brother. I’m excited but nervous about it, a feeling that I’m sure will intensify once we actually start edits and the book cover is finished.

I may be a little crazy for trying to do NaNoWriMo when I also will be looking at doing editing and starting the publication journey for real. But according to some of the people on the site, that’s part of the fun! I’m just hoping I can squeeze all this stuff in with my job, my crocheting, and the mountain of family stuff that is constantly threatening to overwhelm me.

If you want to be my writing buddy, I’m Becca Love on there. I think you can add me now but they say the site re-launches on Monday so you might wait until then. Either way I would love to have lots of writing buddies!

Only 30 days until November!

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7 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Prep Season

  1. I’ve been debating about whether I’m going to do NaNo this year. It’s been so long since I’ve started a new project, but I’m in the middle of revising another. I’ve decided that if I can get to the end of Part one (of three) in the revision with enough of October left to write an outline I will participate. If it takes me all of October to get to the end of part 1 then I will continue revising.

    The site only resets the forums, not writing buddies. Good luck making it to 50K!

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      1. Yes, it has been in previous years though I’ve never made it to 50k. My first drafts tend to either just miss or go over 50k. It’s not until revisions my drafts get to be a decent length.

        I’ll probably be writing middle grade this time around so it’s almost guaranteed to not make it to 50K. I’m sure it will be fun regardless. 🙂

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  2. I’ve wimped out on trying more than once in the past because I thought I was too busy. However, I’ve seen what some people have juggled and still made the word count, so I’ve decided I no longer have an excuse good enough to not at least try (barring family tragedies or such). I’m actually nearing the end of a years-long revision project myself, and need to turn my focus to what the next steps toward submitting to publishers would be. Writing something new takes a back seat all year though, so for this one month, it’ll be nice to focus on a new story.

    Good luck with you first NaNo! I added you as a buddy on the site.

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