It’s that time of the year again. Time for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. This is when we actively buckle down and focus on writing (only one) novel.
All participants take on the challenge of writing a novel in only 30 days. It’s a very rigid time frame, but sometimes that’s what we need to get into good writing habits and stay off social media, and our phones.
The benefit is that if we “win” we have the first draft of a novel, something every new writer wants.
Prepping for NaNoWriMo consists of developing an outline, getting chummy with all of our characters (preferably as if they are our best friends), clearing off our desks, telling friends and family that we are not free to go out to dinner or catch a movie, and stocking up on snacks and the all-important caffeine.
This year will be my first time, and I plan on winning. My book idea? The working title is Callie Buttonwillow. The outline is sketched, the characters are named, and the twists are lurking under wigs. All I have left to do in preparation is chart the main characters goals, motivations, and conflicts.
There is no cover yet, as I haven’t been inspired by an idea, but I have included an avatar of what Callie looks like.
Not too much, but it’s a start.
One of the great aspects of joining NaNoWriMo is all the support of veteran winners, staff, coaches and, oh ya, other newbie writers. With forums and buddies, an outline and a plan, I have high hopes of completing and winning NaNoWriMo 2017!
All who finish their story (50k + words) are all winners! The only competition is with ourselves. How great is that? Interested in learning more? Go to http://www.nanowrimo.org .
So, good luck to all who enter, and may the odds be ever in your favor.