The National Novel Writing Month is almost here. Every November, writers around the world start scribbling with the goal of completing a 50,000 word long novel in a month.
I am getting ready to do it this year. I have been trying since 2013, but things have never worked out. I have been close to finishing novels, I have given up on a story halfway through or I have been too busy to dedicate some time.
I cannot tell if this year will be different, it might not, but I still want to try it out since I’ve been working on a new story idea for the past couple of months.
This year I have decided to prepare in October, so that come November, I can focus on writing, writing and writing.
Here are some of the things I’m doing:
- Writing down a small summary of each chapter. I might end up combining some or adding more, but this is a great way of knowing beforehand all the things I want to write about. Planning a novel might not work for everyone, but I want to give it a try!
- I am spending some time with preliminary writing of some chapters or parts of the story. I don’t think it’s cheating, if inspiration is coming right now, I won’t make it wait for a month!
- Setting time on my calendar to write. This is super important because I start visualizing myself doing it, instead of realizing each day I have not written and I will have to write double the next day. I want to develop a writing discipline and NaNoWriMo might help me do it!
- Getting excited! I’m really excited about this year’s book. This is the first time that I will try to write something that is not for children and that is not fantasy. I am stretching my boundaries and exploring what I can achieve. Who knows? something really good might be coming from it!
I’ll be updating the blog with my progress, and sharing sneak peaks to my story soon!