NaNoWrimo Prep Month

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 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.


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    I set up my profile every year, but not sure if I will or not this year. July nano I lowered my word count to what I had already done and stopped because stuff going on around me.

    This year I may not decide until the day but it is set up ready to go. We are already buddies by the way.

    Sounds like you are making some grand progress all the way around. HUGS WTG

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    I admire you writing by hand. I think if I tried that I wouldn’t be able to read what I wrote after a while. 🙂 I’ve participated in NaNo since 2011, and “won” 3 times. I’m attempting to finish the novel I started in 2011 before the start of NaNo this year in hopes that I can start a new story come November. We’ll see how that goes. I added you as a buddy too. I’m mebecker over there.

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    Planning on doing NaNo, though I may have extra challenge this year because I’m also a contestant in a survivor-style writing contest that looks like it won’t be done until mid-November. So I’ll have to manage my time carefully.

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    “Victory-oriented colors”! Love it.
    I’ve done NaNo type challenges for years, officially last year, and in July. I think I’m joining this year only because I need motivation to write my WIP. 50K be damned, I’m looking for progress, any kind of progress.

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