Since finishing the rough draft of a novel back in the spring, I haven’t worked on another major writing project. I wrote a couple of short stories, but that’s about it. So there doesn’t seem like a better time to embark on a new story than National Novel Writing Month.
I’ve been prepping a novella series over the past few weeks. It focuses on the first seven days of a zombie outbreak in suburban Massachusetts, and I should have all my pre-writing work done before November 1st. There’s no official title yet. Just an unofficial one, Overrun.
The difference between Overrun and the other novels that I’ve worked on for NaNoWriMo is how I’m preparing this time around. I’ve been using the steps outlined in 2,000 to 10,000 to get the world, characters, and plot of this novel in shape. Despite being only about halfway through the prep work, I feel like I know this story better than any other story I’ve written.
I don’t plan on holding myself to the NaNo timeline of 50,000 words in 30 days. Partially because I’m not sure how many words this novella will be when finished, and partially because my most successful NaNos have been where I give myself permission to work beyond the November 30th deadline. (I’ve finished two rough drafts that way, usually six months after NaNo.)
Are you planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing?