One Writer’s Journey

September 22, 2016

No No NaNo or Am I In?

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:44 am
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nanowrimoYesterday I spotted a blog post about NaNoWriMo.  “Sioux,” I thought.  “What is up?  NaNo isn’t until November!”

But Sioux is right.  If you are going to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), now is the time to plan.  Ugh.

For those of you who don’t recognize the abbreviation, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  What it amounts to is this — in the month of November, participants promise to draft a novel.  One of my problems with this is that I write for children.  The NaNoWriMo goal is 50,000 words.  By about the midpoint it becomes clear that I’m not going to make that word count so I just kind of drift away.

The other problem is that November always seems to sneak up on me.  If I decide to do NaNoWriMo, it is always a spur of the moment decision.  I don’t do any prep work and attempt to jump into my story.  It goes okay for a while but sooner or later I come to a stop, brought up short by something that might not have been a problem with a bit of prep work.

What that means is that if I’m going to do it, I need to start working in it now.  Maybe not writing but prewriting.  I want to finish drafting my middle grade fantasy, Iron Mountain.  I need to spend a bit more time with the characters.  I need to decide if I’m turning the stepfather into a true blue antagonist.  That had been my plan but then I softened him which meant that the last 3rd of my plot outline was off.  I need to think a bit more about the world and the culture.

Yep, I’ve got plenty to do before November.  If I’m going to NaNo.  Do I or don’t I?

My inclination is to say “do it,” because I want to have a finished draft.  So I guess I better get to work and start muddling through a few things.



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