Friday, October 28, 2011
National Novel Writing Month is a new and exciting experience for me. I finished my first novel earlier this year. The first draft took much longer than 30 days, but I feel ready for the challenge of NaNoWriMo. The impending time crunch forced me to evaluate my writing process. I have completed a detailed outline, and have a clear vision of my novel, beginning, middle and end. Normally, I approach writing with a make it up as I go attitude, so the planning was daunting to me at first.
However, now that I have the outline, character profiles, and index cards full of random information, I feel more prepared to write this NaNoWriMo novel than anything I’ve ever written. I may just be a truly reformed ‘pantser’ now! I participate in a weekly writing prompt called Write on Wednesday. A few of us, who are taking on NaNoWriMo, were asked to write a short blurb on how we were preparing for the experience. Check out what the others are saying here.
If you’re planning to write 50,000 words in the month of November, I’d love to know what your plans and hopes for the experience are. Also, if you’re looking for ways to work on your writing each week be sure to check out Write on Wednesday and Five Sentence Fiction. It’s a great group of writers who will give you feedback and encouragement on your writing.