Remember, the goal of NaNo is to write a 50k novel during the month of November. But just because you have to do all the writing next month doesn’t mean you can’t get ready.
As a “writer into the dark” kind of writer, I don’t do outlines. Not sure what that is? Check out my post from the other day. Here’s a link. But, just because I don’t do outlines, doesn’t mean I don’t prepare.
For example, I know my characters and some of their backstory. I know what they want and what they are willing to do to get it.
I also have some idea of where my story will take place. The town, maybe a few shops or restaurants, or a bar. I also might know who runs those places and if they are vital to the story.
And I’ll have a general idea of what happens in the story. Most of the time, I’ll have a beginning scene, and I’ll have the end in mind. That middle part, I discover in the dark.
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken part in NaNo. Life happened, and then more stuff happened, and it just didn’t work out for me.
This time, I’ve got a kidnapped girl whose brother teams up with the daughter of the king who was killed by the same men who took the girl. Together they go on a quest, which I can’t tell you about, that will help restore order to the kingdom. It’s going to be good.
If you saw my post the other day about bullet journaling, you’ll remember I have a journal ready for NaNo. I’m really looking forward to writing this story. It’s been simmering for a while and is finally ready.
So…who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year?