Considering this is the day for all things spooky, I thought I’d complete Blogtober (though I think I might be a few posts short – curse my inability to do basic maths!) by posting about something which has always struck me with fear….Nanowrimo
Nanowrimo , for anyone who doesn’t know, is a writing event throughout November where the aim is – starting November 1st – to write a 50,000 word novel. Absolutely terrifying, right?
I’ve tried Nanowrimo before a few years back and – for some reason – I just couldn’t hack it. When I think about it, though, I think it came down to planning. Even though I do like planning, I think I took an idea and ran with it. It was kind of one of those look before you leap situations. So, to smash this year out of the park, I’ve been planning!
I’m not the most artistic or creative of people but, when I was scrolling through Pinterest , I saw something like this when I looked at “Nanowrimo Prep” and thought I’d give it a go. So far (I still have a bit more planning to go in the book before I’m ready-ready), I’ve got a summary, character list and I’ve started a character questionnaire. As well as this, I’ve done some research on speed dating (considering the fact my WIP is set at a speed dating event).
That’s another thing I think I didn’t do last time, research. When I began my Start Writing Fiction course , I realised just how important it is to research as well as to plot characters, events and so on.
As well as the more fun side of planning, I’m going to set a schedule. Obviously writers have lives, so I’ve got to factor in some living space. My plan is to treat this WIP like school work, set aside a few hours to sit myself down, take myself away from distractions and write.
The main thing I’m going to do, and I’d urge anyone who is writing (for Nano or not) to do the same, is not put pressure on myself. Even though it would be fantastic to achieve the goal and have a novel at the end, I can’t say for certain that’ll happen. I’m just going to use what I’ve already planned, keep notes of what I do as I do them and see how it goes.
If you’re taking part this year, good luck! Also, if you fancy, you can be my buddy . As usual, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram to keep in the loop on my progress (or lack of) and other cool things!