Today also marks twenty days to the start of National Novel Writing Month. If I thought my life was crazy for June Novel Writing Month then it’s going to be absolutely insane for NaNoWriMo!
Twenty days. Just twenty days. Only twenty days left. Yikes!
Am I feeling the pressure? Yeah, a little bit. Mostly because I’m a behind on planning; I had hoped to be better prepared for the November challenge than I am at this point.
On my NaNoWriMo to-do list yet is:
Plan Thoroughly. I have yet to go through my calendar and make a game plan for each day of the month. I need to set a writing schedule for the month and then start practicing it so my body doesn’t go into shock on November 1st. That means re-establishing my daily writing routine of going to bed earlier and waking up sooner. I love sleeping in so this arrangement sucks but I know I’m more productive in the mornings.
Clear My Schedule. One big thing going on in November that I cannot get out of – no ands, ifs, or buts about it – is my sister’s wedding. But otherwise, as of now, I have nothing going on all month and I need to make sure it stays that way.
Organize, Organize! The story I will be writing in November has a bunch of paper scraps with notes and ideas written on them from years of thinking about this tale. They’re around here somewhere. I just need to find them and put them into something that resembles organization. I plan to do my pre-writing and note organizing with a free writing program I love called yWriter5. And once I get all those notes in order and do my character sketches, I need to write my outline that I’ll use for NaNo.
Research. While my story is set in an imaginary world that is created in my head, there are still a few topics that I need to research. Such as the concept of worm holes and superstitions.
Write, Read and Clean. I want to write a rough draft of a blog post for each week in November to free up more writing time that I can dedicate to NaNo. I hope to find time to read a few reference books and I also need to clean my writing space so I won’t get distracted mid-month by all the clutter.
Oh, and I still need to write “the end” on my current WiP so I can focus fully on my NaNo story. I’ll be doing that on Saturday…I think.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are the big things on your to-do list before November 1st?
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