I know it kind of slipped up on me too. But November is just around the corner, like 29 days away. That’s right. It’s time to get your little monsters in a row.
I sat down this morning with my calendar and came up with a weekly goal to help me prepare for NaNo. I know from experience, the more prepared I am the better chance I have of winning. Meaning completing a 50,000 word novel. Along with the regular prep work, I have a novella I am halfway through editing. I need to finish that. It’s hard to concentrate on NaNo with other projects looming. I still hear the aching call of last years unfinished NaNo novel. Poor thing.
Week 1 Tasks:
- Find that spark– The idea that is big enough to spark your creative juices to write a full length novel. I have mine. One that has been itching on the edge of my brain for months. But an idea is not a story. Nor is it a plot. It’s just an idea.
- Decide on main characters– I have two characters already. I’ve started fleshing them out, learning about their back story. I hope from this I will know where to go with the story. I’m not too concerned with the minor characters at the moment. Those can come later. Is it novel worth or just a short story idea, the characters will tell me.
- Location– This is the hard part. I know where the story takes place but I think it will be in two time periods. Possibly now and the 40s.
- Rules– It’s a ghost story. So I need to cement the “rules” for ghosts. What they can and can’t do. Who becomes a ghost? Things like that. I’ve got it started and once I get to work on the plot I’ll make addictions or changes.
Those are the 4 things I need to accomplish this week. Anything else will be brownie points.
Are joining NaNoWriMo?
It’s a new year, I know I’m a little late. Starting in November my life went nuts. School events, sports, painting kitchen cabinets, and holidays. I had to step back from writing/blogging and participate in life. Of course, now I have lots of inspiration 🙂
New years resolutions are not my favorite thing. Unless you mean breaking them, I’m great at that. But there are things I want to accomplish. I decided to approach this year differently. Using Row80 as a guide, my goals must be trackable. It is near impossible to keep a resolution/goal if you can not track it. So here goes…
- Write 200,000 words. I usually set my writing goal to “finish” a project. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. It also does not count my free writing or journal entries. When you think about it 200,000 words isn’t that much. That’s less than 1,000 words a day. My goal is just to get in the habit of writing again.
- Edit 600 pages. Yes, I pulled that number out of the sky. That should get me through several WIPs. It should cover a novel and two novellas that I need to edit. Writing is much easier than editing.
- Walk 2,600,000 steps. *crash* Sorry about that. I just fell out of my chair. That is a huge number but it is less than 10,000 steps a day.
- Read 80 books. Easy. I read 88 last year. I do want to expand my TBR to include genres or books I don’t normally read. Hence the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. The categories this year were chosen by my daughters and niece. I never would have chosen a book written in the twenties or an epistolary novel. I actually had to look that one up. It’s a book of letters or a diary. YUK! I am taking suggestions for both of those.
- Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. You would think this would be easy to find. It’s not. Click here for pictures. We walked the beach last week looking for the wreckage but found nothing. I will not give up.
- Complete devotional. My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful devotional. I’m already two days behind.
There you have it. My main goals for 2017. Keep me honest and on track guys. I need all the help I can get!
What’s one of your goals?