This is the first year I’m heading into NaNoWriMo with an outline. In the past I usually knew the premise and a few characters from the story I planned to write, but not much more than that. I’ve been experimenting with outlining recently, and I think it is working for me.
This NaNo novel will be a sequel to the one I finished up a couple months ago and am now revising. The timing worked out well for me, which is unusual. I generally suck at timing.
So, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year and need a writing buddy – I’m karabu on the NaNoWriMo site. Let’s go!
I’m six weeks post-surgery now, so I’m allowed to start exercising and doing things again. So I’ve started up my Couch to 5K running training program. Today, I was looking over my outline as I prepare for NaNoWriMo. Then I realized I had linked these two events together yet again.
When I wrote those two previous posts, I’d thought it was sort of a humorous coincidence, and I liked the similarity in the determination and self -discipline I needed for both activities. I didn’t mean to forever attach them to each other.
I’d really love to believe this is the last year they will be attached. Not because I don’t love them both. I just hope to stay well enough to not need to restart Couch to 5K from the beginning again. The other times, I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish the program due to health restrictions. Now, however – I hope I remain hale and hearty and running well past the end of the program. If anything, maybe I’ll be looking into a program to take me from 5 to 10 K next year. A girl can dream.
I do plan to keep participating in NaNoWriMo ever year because – why not?
I’ve been MIA from my blog, so I thought I’d drop in and tell you why.
I decided to join the National Novel Writing Month this November. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never thought I had the time. This year I realised that I won’t ever feel like I ‘have the time’ to write a novel. No one does. That’s why NaNoWriMo exists in the first place.
The goal is to write at least 50,000 words in a novel during the month of November. That works out to be 1,667 words a day. So for someone with an already full life – a very lot of writing! I’m getting some pretty late bedtimes so far this week.
Here’s my NaNo profile on the website if you’d like to learn more about it:
Now so far when I tell people I’m doing this, they ask about my novel. The short version is that it’s a Sci-Fi novel about a ship of 1000 people going off to colonise a new planet. It’s a story I was supposed to write 2 years ago. I joined an anthology contest on writing.com about 10 ships that left earth in search of new planets. We wrote a story proposal about what happened to one ship. My story got picked, and I began writing the full story. Then life got in the way and I basically stopped.
Now I’m starting over and using it for my NaNo novel. I don’t think I really want the finial version to be 50,000 or more words long, but I’m writing a lot of background and more in depth character stuff that I probably don’t really need, so when November is over, I hope to have enough material to edit it down to 20-30,000 words worth of good stuff.
That’s the plan.
If you’ve ever Nano-ed, or are Nano-ing now, let me know! Share your tips for getting through the month – and tell me about your novel!