I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t participated in a while. I’m a little nervous about it. I remember how much work it was last time. Really a lot of work. Persistent work.
If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is, it’s this yearly event during which many, many writers try to write 50,000 words during the month of November, like their own set of 50,000 words, not one big, shared pile of words. That would be much easier! If it were just the one big pile of words, my contribution would be “the” because it’s so versatile, and everyone would admire my practicality.
Anyway, it’s insanity. It is for me, at least. That’s why I’ve been trying to plan as much of this thing in advance as I can.
I plot out all of my books before I write them. A lot of people don’t. If I tried to write a book without notes, I would be all over the place. I would like start at one point and then wander off in some random direction, never to be seen again. I can’t even imagine what the editing process would be like, probably nightmarish.
Here’s what I have so far: a character reference/history timeline document and another document with my main day-to-day roadmap of the events that will occur in the story. The latter is at about 10,000 words long and counting. It’s that long because there has been much thinking and research over a somewhat longish period of time.
The book will be sci-fi horror. I also have a totally awesome title, a cover art sketch, and the book description. I’ve found that writing the description for a book is much easier before I write the book itself because I don’t get bogged down in the details and the subplots, etc.
I will be blogging during November. I will likely post some word counts, perhaps some whining, and various cat pictures.
I am excited to finally get to write this thing. I’ve had it in my brain for a while. So, yeah, 50,000 words…in a month. Wish me luck! I might need it.