Time to get ready for National Novel Writing Month
I woke up in the middle of the night last night and realised it was less than two weeks to November which means National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo is just around the corner.
I've written lots of blog posts about it over the years including a series on how to prep for the month that went from the practical - preparing your home and meals in advance and your health - to the more emotional aspects of story writing and stamina. Here is a link to the post I did last year which is very comprehensive - 2014 #NaNoWrimo blog post.
I think this is my 7th time participating in #NaNoWriMo. Not all of the books have been published but Hearts Afire was my first book I wrote during National Novel Writing month and it remains one of my favourite novels I've written (and I think lots of readers agree).
I haven't quite decided what I'm writing in November - part of the cold sweats last night. I'm either writing a seventh book in my series that ties everything up in a neat bow, a novel from the series I write under a pen name or a chicklit novel set at my local beach. I have a feeling the last one will win out. It means I can take my laptop down to cafe's and write and call it research. I'm kind of loving that idea right now.
Also I think it might be a nice change to take a break from the characters who have occupied so much of my time the last couple of years. A working holiday if you will.
I'm a pretty disciplined writer these days. Not in October I haven't been but I've stuck pretty faithfully to my #1000wordsaday challenge this year but I really like the commaraderie of National Novel Writing Month. Also because Christmas arrives hot on it's heels and life seems to lose any sense of rhythm in December and January I enjoy knowing I've accomplished something.
So with the two weeks to go it's time I followed some of my own advice:
- pre-make some meals
- decide on a story and come up with a plot (this one is key I think - all the frozen meals in the world won't help without this)
- tell the people in my life I'm doing #NaNoWriMo so they know where my free time is going
- get ready to say no to a few things
- set the DVR for any shows I want to watch
So are you participating in National Novel Writing Month? If so what will you be writing?