Anyone who has taken part in a NaNoWriMo understands the mammoth task I am about to undertake. Those of you who haven’t attempted it or don’t know what it is, grab a coffee, sit down and relax while I explain.
What does NaNoWriMo mean?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and spans the entirety of November. The idea is to write every day without going back to review or edit your work and by the end of the month, you have a full novel. Once it is all down on ‘paper’ you can then go back and revise, chop, change, whatever you like.
How many words a day do you have to write for NaNoWriMo?
By the end of November, you should have written 50,000 words – a novel! That means that to stay on track I need to write 1,667 words every day. If I don’t hit the target on Monday, well then by Tuesday I have double the amount of work to do.
What is the prize for NaNoWriMo?
The prize? Pride! And a full novel to start fixing.
And if you pay like…£25.84 you also get a winner’s shirt. That’s the price when it is shipped from the US – if you happen to live in America it’s around half that price.
You know what? Why am I explaining when there is someone who can do it in song?
Everything is better in song.
But Rebekah, what about the novel you are currently editing?
I know, I know!
Actually, the book I’m currently editing is a product of NaNoWriMo 2018. I’ve talked about how NaNoWriMo and a good friend got me back into writing in a previous post. After I read my draft I hid it under my armchair and refused to look at the terrible waste of paper for a long time. Fast-forward to now and I have rewritten it and am in the editing process – and it isn’t looking too shabby if I do say so myself.
I’m going to take a break from editing in November while I take on this challenge, which means the deadline I set myself will have to be pushed back for a month, but I definitely think it’s worth it.
My approach to NaNoWriMo
So, my plan last time revolved around sitting down on all of my lunch breaks with Katie and writing as much as I could. There was no plan, just a general idea of how the story was going to start and end. After I read my rewrite I decided I needed to be a bit more of a planner than a pantser. So I wrote character bios and a plan for each chapter. I’ve deviated from my chapter breakdown during this (hopefully) final edit so, I’ve concluded that I am a hybrid of a pantser and a planner. I’m never straightforward.
Therefore, this year I have:
- My word count broken down per day
- The basic plot broken down into sections (following the Save The Cat: Writes A Novel template)
- Notes on key scenes I want to create
It looks something like this (although everything has been removed – I keep my plans super close to my chest, only my writing group gets to see them:
Who knows if it will work, but that’s part of the fun of NaNoWriMo for me.
Will I be giving updates on my progress?
It would be pretty mean of me not to let you all know how I’m getting on. Originally I was planning on updating this post with my progress. However, since this article is already 592 words long (hey, that’s almost half of my daily target – if only it was November and this actually counted!), I feel like it will be too long a post to add in daily updates.
But! There will be a blog post with daily updates so check that out from tomorrow onwards!
I’m not really sure how to wrap up this post so I’ll just say wish me luck! I’m excited to share my second attempt at NaNoWriMo with you!
NaNo 2020 – here I come!