Ahhh... the start of fall. The change in the weather, the cool breezes, the leaves on the ground, the pumpkin spice.
And that ominous sense that something is coming....
Of course, I'm talking about NaNoWriMo! That is, National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. NaNoWriMo is an organization that encourages everyone to write a 50,000 word novel in one month - from November 1st until the 30th!
It's a daunting task. I admit, I tried it in 2018 and only made it to about 26,000 words. Let's call that one a 'novella.' This year, I plan on taking on the challenge once again. I intend to WIN NANOWRIMO 2020! (And by win, I mean write 50k words by the deadline, granting me access to coveted digital Winner badge on my NaNoWriMo profile!)
The best way to WIN and complete this coveted feat is to be well prepared, and set yourself up for success. I started with my story planning in September, and worked out a general outline, story arc, and main characters. I have been using Novlr as my writing tool, and I'm excited to learn that this year there will be direct word count integration between Novlr and NaNoWriMo starting on 11/1/20!
Another tool that I've started using for this project is.... a good old fashioned composition notebook. I have been using this to write out my raw ideas and concepts, which I find is most easily channeled through a pen and paper. I also have been sketching out scene locations and writing character profiles in my notebook. All of the finalized key information is then transcribed into the notes section of my Novlr project, for quick reference while I'm writing.
Please consider this blog to be my official NaNoWriMo 2020 announcement and pledge. I will hold myself accountable and meet my daily writing goals to create a 50k word novel during the month of November. (Obviously I'm only talking about a first draft here.) Should the project go swimmingly, I may even publish the book online!
Prepare yourselves for my science fiction novel soon to come... entitled, The Cell.
Will you be taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge this year?