Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Prep

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The old faithful Traveler’s Notebook. 

I was a little shocked when I realized that the first notebook insert had gotten me through two previous NaNoWriMos. I’ve officially leaked over into another notebook insert due to all my scribblings for 2018, but it’s cool to see years of work accumulated in one place. Planning and writing are both thrills for me, and I enjoy the fact that I can look back on years of NaNoWriMo planning like I’m thumbing through an old journal. Which, in a way, I am.

This year’s prep is proving to be different. My intentions were for one novel – I have four sketched out as of this past Sunday. One idea sparked an entire series, and I’m chomping at the bit to get started. So instead of spending the rest of October planning one novel, I’m going to start writing the first of the four and when that one is done I’m going to move on to the second, and so on…

Whew, I’m out of breath even thinking about it! But I’ve got the momentum, and only four months until our sweet child makes their debut, so I feel like now is the time to do something insane like pounding out four first drafts as quickly as possible. Once they’re written I can go back to the first and shape and finesse. But the primary goal is to try and get them all written by the end of November. 

Now someone might be questioning the possibility/probability of writing four first drafts in a month and a half. Let me clarify that I’m shooting for roughly 60,000 word counts on each story. I’m attempting to write-to-market, not create my opus. Also, I’m a homemaker and don’t have children quite yet, so, I have time. 🙂

So the plan for this NaNoWriMo is to finish whatever I don’t get done in the month of October, which should put me at least at 50,000 words, even if it’s not all in the same novel. The second part of the plan is to not lose my mind in the process.

How is your NaNoWriMo prep going? What are your goals for this year?

– Melinda

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