If you know what November is and how NaNoWriMo (link) is, then you might currently be in prep mode for Preptober!
For those who are wondering what I’m talking about and why I am changing the name of months, let me explain.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where writers across the world all challenge themselves to write a 50,000 novel in November. Thirty days to write an entire novel. Granted, not all novels are 50,000 words, in fact, a lot of novels have a significantly higher word count. This is supposed to be a draft. This is your starting point. NaNoWriMo is a great way to challenge yourself to put your creativity at a higher number on the priority list. (Which is always my problem, let’s be real.)
This is my second year really attempting to do NaNoWriMo. The first year was a complete flop and I couldn’t keep up with the word counts and I eventually got so far behind that I gave up. Life got in the way and I wasn’t prioritizing writing. The first year I did NaNoWriMo I found out about it like a week-ish before November 1st and decided to just jump in. I’m a pantser type writer so I thought I could just wing it.
Based on year one, you cannot just wing it. You need some preparation. You need to have a little more than just an idea for a book to do NaNoWriMo. The first time around, that is all I had really, an idea.
Books are not just ideas. There are plot points and characters and development and all the things that make it up. It starts with an idea but that idea needs development.
Which is why this year I am working on Preptober. Which is the month of October, prepping for NaNoWriMo. I’ve made a little word count tracker that I stuck in my notebook to help keep me on track with my progress. I’ve also been keeping up with NaNoWriMo and all their Preptober activities. There was even a quiz to help me figure out the best way to add writing time into my schedule and so far that has been my favorite thing. You can take that quiz here.
I’m also working on an outline so I actually know what I’m writing about instead of going off the last thing written. I have a huge problem with editing as I write instead of just working on the next part. I am hoping the outline will help me keep moving forward instead fixing what I already wrote. First drafts need to be first drafts and I need to let them suck and edit them later.
I am so excited to start writing my next book with National Novel Writing Month. I might even be more excited about the results of the schedule quiz and implementing it. (The results were really helpful!)
Oh! If you want to snag my word count tracker, I’m gonna share it with you for FREE! Who doesn’t love free things?
(This PDF is for a 4×6 size tracker, it should print out in the middle of the page for cutting. If you want a full page version, reach out to me!)