I’m a NaNo virgin and to say that I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing is a complete understatement.
For years, I’ve watched October and November come and go, telling myself that I should totally partake in NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) and then watching the start of November pass me by, resigning myself to do it next year.
The basic premise of NaNoWriMo is to complete a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. Sounds simple enough. All you have to do is make the time to sit down and write almost two thousand words per day.
I’ve always told myself that I’ve got too much going on to commit to writing almost two thousand words every day. I’m editing my book or about to pop out a baby or going on holiday. This year, I’m by far the busiest I’ve ever been. I’ve got an almost-one-year-old, two growing puppies, a husband that works basically seven days, a full-time job, a household to run and a book that I’m about to self-publish.
Naturally, that means I’ve decided that this is the year to do it.
So, how am I going to tackle NaNoWriMo when I can barely get myself organised on a daily basis? I’m planning and prepping and getting inspired, of course!
Even though I came up with a new idea very recently, I’ve decided to work on a novel that I originally started last New Year’s Eve. I wanted to finish a novel this year, but between being a literal feeder to my child and starting back at work full-time after my maternity leave, I haven’t had the chance. I’ve worked somewhat on it, so I can consider partaking in NaNo as a second draft, of sorts.
To outline my story, I like to create a word cloud with bubble branches to put all my ideas on the one page and then order it into a bit of a chapter breakdown with key words and phrases.
And, of course, I have to do it all in a cute notebook, otherwise I just don’t feel as inspired. Anyone else feel the need to purchase stationery when they start a new project?
I like visuals to inspire my story, so a good mood board is key. It’s unlikely to make sense to anyone at the moment, but to me, it provide key elements to my story.
P.S. if you’re wondering, you can check out the hot nurse’s Instagram.
I find the lyrics of music very inspiring for novel writing. Let me be clear, I can’t listen to lyrical music when I’m actually writing, but having music on while I do chores or admin or prepare dinner can bring in ideas. I like music that has clever lyrics and gives me all the feelings and, for some reason, Taylor Swift is my go-to. To prep for NaNo, I’ve made a Taylor Swift (and others) playlist that will hopefully help to bring my story to life.
The best thing you can do for your writing is read. I’ll be reading the type of books that I hope my story will turn into (one day). I’m writing a romcom, so I’ll be indulging in the all the romcoms leading up to and through November.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? How are you preparing to write your novel?