Hey, guess what, it’s October now! Which means that, in addition to trying to get as much out of Madeline as I can before I have to shift gears and pushing the heck out of World Unknown Review before the October 31st deadline, I’m going to start getting all my ducks in a row for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve decided whole-heartedly that this is finally the year that I win, after many, many years of participating and never quite making it. There are a few factors working in my favor this year: it was this year that I decided that, if I wanted to achieve my dream of writerly greatness, I had to put my writing first and foremost. I have also given myself a very tight deadline for the book in The Slayer Saga, so it’s imperative to get this draft written if I want a high quality product in August, and, most importantly, I have the ambition and the drive to do it. I’ve been making really great strides with being a more efficient and quicker writer this past year, so I’m extremely stoked to charge forward and take the win this time.
October, then, will be filled with a little bit of prepping. Soulless came out to about 20 chapters, and, since I’m really big on consistency, I would like Heartless to be 20 chapters, too. Each day of October, I’m going to plot out each chapter, which gives me a little wiggle room for fixing things at the end of the month. I’ve also already done my math for November. One of the challenges of NaNo for me is that I can’t write on a computer; I do my best writing by hand, which makes word counts a biiiiiitttcchhh. It’s a double-duty, then, to write, and then transcribe. But I figured out how many words on average I write on a page, and, at that rate, I need to write 6 to 7 pages a day to make the 50,000 goal. So, once November hits, before I do anything else that day, I will write 6 pages of Heartless. No email, no blogging, no phone games, no nothing, until those six pages are written. Just me, a notebook, a pen, and several cups of coffee.
I’m really, really stoked. This is going to be an excellent year for me and NaNo and The Slayer Saga.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What’s your game plan and strategy? What will you be working on? Let’s get that excitement built up, everyone!