As you’re no doubt aware by now, upcoming Sunday this year’s NaNoWriMo kicks off and I’m going to be in it, working hard to finally get a story (if not a novel) finished! This week I will be making preparations for being able to write those 50,000 words in 30 days. What’s the setting going to be like? Where does it take place? Who are the characters and what are they going to do? What is the plot from beginning to middle to end going to look like? All those questions will require an answer and if I’m going to write those 1,600 to 1,700 words per day (the minimum requirement to reach the big 50,000) they need to be answered before Sunday. Yes, I have less than one week to set up the blueprints for pretty much an entire novel!
To do this I will be requiring focus and since I can’t drop my non-writing responsibilities (like, you know, work, daily domestic duties and my Arabic homework) that means the weekly will be undergoing some changes during this preparation week and the entire month of November. So what’s going to change?
First of all there’s going to be the Road to NaNoWriMo, a short, week-long miniseries in which I’ll be keeping you posted on the development of my NaNoWriMo preparations. While trying not to give the plot away I will be revealing the various parts of the story – such as setting, locations, haracters and hopefully, eventually, an actual title – as they take shape. I’ve planned for this to be a daily series, also to make sure I keep on working, and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s going to be.
Second: as of Sunday I’ll be starting with my novel, writing every single day until the end of November. Since that’s going to eat up a lot of time and energy most series will be put on halt for a bit, but I do plan on posting a short log every day on how things are progressing. This, of course, will include all the fun and frustration I’ll no doubt be encountering during this epic challenge!
A few things will remain pretty much the same. Order 66 will be posted weekly on Monday, which is currently my busiest day of the week. The Order 66 story has already been completely written, so it requires little work to get up here. On Fridays I really hope to keep The Artist’s Tale as a weekly series, though probably with shorter introductions. Whether I’m going to succeed will depend on how the novel writing process will be going, but even if I can’t tackle it weekly, bi-weekly should be doable.
And that concludes the introduction to both the Road to NaNoWriMo and my NaNoWriMo participation itself. Now, it truly begins! Join me tomorrow when I will be looking at the story’s setting. See you then!