I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the second year in a row. Last year, I failed miserably. I quit not even halfway through and I think I only got about 10,000 words written. I tried to write romance but found that I just can’t really write romance even though it’s what I mainly read. I also didn’t have any character development done and just tried to write straight through without doing this. It didn’t work.
What I’m Doing Differently
For this year’s attempt at NaNo, I didn’t want to have a set idea in my head as far as what my novel is going to be about. When I tried that last year it basically flopped and I ran out of steam. Instead I have done lots of research about different genres and decided to just pick one (Science Fiction) and go from there. I took a look at the master outline on Better Novel Project and decided to use this as a basis for my novel. I obviously won’t have things in the exact order listed there but I thought it would be a good start.
I started a writing notebook for this year’s attempt as well. I put together my notes from Better Novel Project, printables from Author Zoo’s The Ultimate Novel Planning Challenge, and printables from this board on Pinterest. I used tab dividers to split everything up into categories including Characters, World Building, and Plot Ideas.
Last year I used Scrivener to write my novel and I will be using it again this year. I really like the setup and how you can separate each chapter and include note cards for each one.
I’ll be updating my word count on Twitter throughout the month. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Feel free to add me as a writing buddy.