Next Monday starts a very unusual custom for many of us writers. Writers all across the globe will be furiously typing, writing and grumbling about a measly 1,700 words a day for the next 30 days. Yes, that is right it is National Novel Writing Month again.
NaNo is a way for many writers to jumpstart their writing prowess by powering through 50,000 words in 30 days. Yes, that is right, over half of a novel in just 30 days. Nuts right? Well, considering that most full-time, professional novelists can hit that number in a week or two makes it seem reasonable. Reasonable is such a small word right?
For me, 50,000 words usually takes a few months to get to. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve gotten to that number in less than four months. But this year, I’m going to give it a huge push. I have tried this before, four years ago, and didn’t make it past the first two weeks.
This year is different.
I have a plan. *points to her notes*
Normally, I am a pantser (I don’t use an outline while writing), but since I really want those 50,000 shiny new words on the page, I’m willing to try something a bit different this time. It’s not an outline, per say, but a list of all the events that need to happen with notes about importance and other information. This way I can plan out what I am going to write that day instead of wondering.
Good plan right? Well some other writers have come up with some great plans for NaNo.
As I find more I’ll ad them, or send me a link.
So how are you going to meet your NaNo goals? Care to share with us?