National Novel Writing Month will be here in a few days. Writers across the globe have been plotting and planning for weeks, maybe even months, to get their thoughts in order before the month-long writing marathon. They have notebooks full of plot points, character sketches, and research to help them along their way. November 1st may be a shock, but at least they’re prepared.
I’m not. I’ve done nothing to prepare myself for the novel that I’m going to be writing in a few days.
I’ll be working on King’s Shadow. I started it last year for NaNoWriMo, but the story fizzled midway through November and every time I tried to restart it. I even made a storyboard with index cards for each chapter on a cork board at the beginning of the summer. While that helped me to create a map of where the story was going, I wasn’t completely happy. I’m still struggling with exactly how I want everything to go.
The challenge with NaNo will be keeping myself focused and keeping up the momentum. Lacking a step-by-step plan has been my downfall in the past. But it has also given me phenomenal plot points and twists that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
One plus is that I know my characters pretty well. Sure they have plenty of unexplored aspects that I haven’t even begun to find and that’s part of the fun. But I know the good guys from the bad. As well as which characters fall in-between.
I’m nervous about NaNo. I’m also determined. I can’t wait for November 1st.
How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done anything to prepare?