It’s that time of year again: National Novel Writing Month starts in two days and unlike last year’s spontaneous decision to join the night before, I’m much more prepared this year. That might possibly be because I’m writing the same novel as last year. Or rewriting, should I say.
The plan, of course, was to spend this year finishing what I started last year but of course that didn’t happen. You know what they say – Man plans and God laughs. This year has so busy that I never got round to adding anything more to last year’s 20k words. So of course, NaNoWriMo 2013 is all about making up for the all the writing I didn’t manage to do this year.
I’m not feeling too bad, however: despite not writing much this year, apart from a short story serial that will be published from December onwards, I’ve not stopped thinking about the novel that I started. I’ve been scribbling down anything that has inspired me, scenes that I thought might fit into the novel somehow and just generally made the characters more comfortable in my mind. I’ve also thought quite a lot about the structure and chronology of the story. I’ve been reading writing books, too, and found Writing as a Sacred Path really beneficial. Not only is it motivating, it’s also been really helpful in giving ideas about how to develop a novel, both in terms of characterisation and action. Review coming soon.
It’s quite possible that that by just day two of NaNoWriMo I will be screaming “I don’t know what to write!!”, but for now I feel quite well-prepared for November. I’ve made a chronology of events, a family tree, random planned scenes, I’ve even started writing character profiles. I’ve got a good feeling about this.
Here’s a link to my NaNo profile. Buddy me.
I’m excited. Bring. It. On.