It is that time again, time for NaNoWriMo!
Now, for those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Its held every November, where a ton of aspiring authors (and published authors too!) challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in just one month.
I discovered this for the first time last year. I know, I’m behind in the times. However…there are things I like about this and things that I don’t. I don’t believe in writing an entire novel in one month…its just not my thing. I also think 50K words for a novel, either YA or adult, is just not enough. But I love that it brings all these writers together, motivating and inspiring each other. I love that everyone holds each other accountable.
So last year, I created my own sort of challenge. I challenged myself to write 45K of a novel that I had already started, The Reawakened. It was already at about 20K when I started NaNo, so I had a solid backing for that. I wanted to focus on writing, yes, but developing the story, the characters, focusing on becoming a better writer that month, not just spitting out all those words. Fast forward a year later and that novel became The Awakened, the first in a duology, the novel that I’ve been editing for about six months and been querying for a couple months as well. You guys may know it well because I talk about it so much.
Now its my sophomore year of NaNoWriMo. I was hesitant to participate because I’ve been slumpy in my reading habits and I’m been unable to write but I’ve been motivated. I need to get over this overemotional, miserableness that has been me the past couple months. So I’m ready for this, and what better to snap me back into the life of writing than NaNoWriMo.
So I invite you guys on my journey!
It is going to be great. There will be a few posts a week and you guys can watch my journey as I tackle my new novel.
Now, my novel for NaNoWriMo is untitled…which will have a fun part in the posts on the blog. I was going to work on the sequel to The Awakened but I decided my focus for that world is editing and querying. Instead I decided to jump into my untitled young adult/new adult contemporary romance baseball novel. Its going to be great, and I’ve only written…500 words for it.
So here are my goals!
1. Write 40K words of this untitled novel. 50 would be great but 40 is my goal :) I will consider myself a winner if I write 40
2. Come up with a title. No, really. And you guys can help ;)
3. Develop, develop, develop. Develop my characters, my story, my fictional setting, etc.
Don’t forget you can join in on the fun, and check out the official website here.
Here is the plan on the blog, where you can follow my NaNoWriMo journey!
November 1st: About My Novel and Where I Write!
November 4th: Meeting the Main Characters of my Novel: Evie, Lucy, Jesse, Alex, and Connor
November 6th: Let’s Talk About Setting: Macon, California
November 8th: Actual Writing Advice from Actual Authors
November 11th: Character Interviews
November 13th: Treating Writing Like a Job
November 15th: Its the Halfway Point! Update, Struggles/Successes!
November 18th: The Inspiration Behind The Untitled Novel
November 20th: Character Playlists
November 22nd: Free Write: Lucy and Evie Celebrate Thanksgiving
November 27th: Meeting my Characters in Artwork
November 29th: My Sophomore Experience with NaNoWriMo
November 30th: Excerpt from my Novel…So Far
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