For all those who are unaware, NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is the annual event where writers attempt to finish a novel (or 50k) in a month. That’s 1,666 words a day. (666—a coincidence? I THINK NOT, SATAN.) Now that it’s Halloween, or The Panic Day Before NaNoWriMo, I thought I would put together a post on NaNoWriMo prepping.
I am an essentially lazy person, meaning I don’t have the patience to plot out every detail I plan on writing. So I literally know nothing about my novel, aside from these few things:
- A beginning
- A middle
- An end
And, of course, I do know some things about my characters… but very little. I let them develop and grow when I write the novel. So… in other words, I’m basically a panster. I let my story go where it wants, and I revise and edit from there once the first draft is completed. To give you some idea, I only have very, very, very basic outline of my novel… and in the past, that has worked well for me. Not too much for everyone, though. So here’s a tip for anyone giving NaNoWriMo a shot this year: give it a shot, yes, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to “win”. Be proud of what you’ve written regardless of whether you make your intended goal or not.
This year, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to complete it. I know I’ll have Frayed copyedits coming in soon so I’ll have to switch focus to work on that but I’m determined to get something down this month. Besides, I’m super super enthusiastic about this idea.
And, for those who are debating whether to attempt this crazy, badass event, I say hell yeah. My debut novel Frayed was actually written in NaNoWriMo 2012. It’s now being published by Sourcebooks in June next year—so yeah. Give it a shot. You never know where it’ll take you.