National Novel Writing Month is coming up in three weeks. Three weeks?!? Yup. Twenty-one days.
And while I’ve always been a little hit-or-miss in winning NaNo, I usually start the month with good intentions.
This time, I’m starting the month with two pristine notebooks (240 pages each) and a shiny set of brand-new ballpoints in multiple victory-oriented colors.
What are we doing tonight, Brain?
Same thing we do every night, Pinky…
Try to take over the world. Try to write a cleaner first draft.
So, I have notebooks. Of a hard-bound, and pocketed variety, in the hopes that I’ll
- Write neatly organized and linear scenes. (And the truth is, what I hand write really does tend to be less fragmented than what I type.)
- Be able to look and see whether a given day was a good day or a bad day.
- Not have little scraps of paper running around the bottom of my purse and the back of my hard drive.
I’m also working on finishing up the revision of my current novel. Which demands at least some time in November to finish on schedule.
I have a couple of ideas. I’m not really at the talking about them stage, yet, but I’m working on deciding between them.
I’m not that much of an outline person, but I do have a wide variety of index cards so I can make myself a plot deck as I go along.
If anybody wants to buddy up, my NaNo profile is at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/r-typewriter and I’d be glad to hear from you here, too.
Are you doing NaNo, this year? Why or why not? Tips for the terrified? Leave me a comment, and hit the share buttons, to pass on the insanity.