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Are you NaNo-ing?

NaNoingTomorrow, November 1, begins National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is the month where writers all over the country attempt to write 50,000 words on their current work-in-progress (WIP). That means you have to write 1,667 words a day, which is about seven pages a day.

I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo twice and failed both times. There were several factors contributing to my inability to finish, including a stressful full-time job and, of course, all things Thanksgiving.

But this year is different!

This year I am at home with only a part-time job where I set the hours. This time I have prepared. I’ve had an idea for my second medieval and have four chapters written, but I knew if I wanted to be successful and write quickly, I needed a roadmap for my writing.

So this week I’ve worked out a skeleton plot, with ideas for about 25 scenes. I’m hoping as I get into the story, my imagination will spark with even more ideas.

I’ve worked a little on a Pinterest board with pictures of my characters. You can go to this link to view how I picture the characters I will be writing about: His to Keep Pinterest Board

Plus, I’ve set up a file in Scrivener (an organizational writing program), included some character sketches, research on certain topics like handfasting, inheritance rules, etc… Everything at my fingertips.

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I’m set!

Now all I have to do is sit down every day and write, write, write!

If you are a writer, are you NaNo-ing?

If you are a reader, dd you know that some of the books you’ve read have been written during NaNoWriMo? ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 thoughts on “Are you NaNo-ing?”

  1. I haven’t organized Scrivener but I do have a secret Pinterest board and my “old school” binder with notes, research, and a very basic outline. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never finished NaNo either but this year I’m hoping to have a rough draft done even if it’s so rough I just have “and then this happens….” or “put in another fight scene…” kind of draft so I can get to the end and then in December/January go back and really write the thing the way it should be done. SO, that’s my goal for NaNo – a really BAD first draft, lol!

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    1. Laurie! Yay, YOU! I have the hardest time writing a bad first draft. I think since my edits were so substantial on my first book, I’m scared that I will have to do the same on this one. It has paralyzed me. I decided to get me through the fear, I’d plot it out…at least a skeleton type…so that it doesn’t ramble or go crazy like the first book did. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Here’s to writing bad first drafts to polish into gems! I need to find you on NANO and become your buddy! Are you writing under your name?

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  2. Sherrinda, Iโ€™m cheering for you and all the others writing during NaNoWriMo! Iโ€™ve participated before…not โ€œwinningโ€ but definitely made progress. Since I need to revise a manuscript, Iโ€™m not joining this year. I will be thinking of all the writers working hard to reach the goal of 50K new words. It is interesting to see your Scrivener screen. I may try that program for my next manuscript. Thanks!

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    1. Sherida, revising a manuscript is so hard. At least for me! I will be praying for your success in polishing the story to its best! I’m still getting used to Scrivener, but it is so handy to have all the research, pictures, and notes in one place.

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  3. Sherrinda, I’ve kicked off my NaNo month with 3 days up in Estes Park doing nothing but “book” work. I spent the first day finishing up my outline for this new book. I’ve been a confirmed panster all my writing career, but have stepped out of my box and thought through the plotting process. It took a bit for this resistant brain to buy-in, but in the end, I love my outline! So far, I”m ahead of word count, but that’s only because of the retreat and the few days off ahead of me from the day job. If I can race ahead enough, I might cross the finish line a winner this year!!

    Get that second book done!! I’m praying for your success, Sherrinda!!

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    1. Look at you doing something new! I’m so impressed by people who try new things. I tend to want to do the same thing over and over. I’ll be interested to learn how you do with plotting, or if you will eventually chunk it when your characters go off on their own. Who knows…maybe they will be obedient and follow your plan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Good luck to you this month!

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      1. I had to do something new! I’d come up with great storylines, but with sporadic writing opportunites, I’d lose track of my stories. I spent about two weeks coming up with an outline. I realize now, I put too much “story” into it rather than what I’d like my character to accomplish. Note to self for next time, LOL. But I included enough direction that I think I can still run with the bones of the story.

        Good luck to you, kiddo. Keep those words flowing! And I’d love to be on your launch team. Keep me posted!!!

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        1. Well good luck! I know you will be amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

          And I am sooooo honored you would be on my launch team. I’ve been researching “how” to do one, so as soon as I figure it out, I will make sure and contact you. (((hugs)))

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