Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has been tough. The world has tried it’s best to keep me from writing. We’ve had car trouble, illness, and other issues pulling my attention away. Today I woke sick– again. I’m really tired of allergies. I can’t wait for the weather to turn cold and kill whatever is producing this pollen.
I am starting to feel like I am in the groove. The words are coming easier. Thanks to my handy dandy outline keeping me on track. I will say that this week’s daily goal of 2500 words is hard! Next week my goal is 3000 words. Yikes.
I may have to steal an hour this weekend to get a little work done.
In other news, I just completed the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2017. We’ll need to make a few adjustments for next year. Some of these topics were rough. If you would like to see the 2017 list, click here.
That’s it for now. My fingers are tired and I need a nap.
How’s your week?
Today is the first day for NaNoWriMo 2017! It’s always good to start strong. It takes a little pressure off other days.
Word count goal: 2225
Actual word count: 2310 🙂
My word count for each writing day needs to be over 2000 words per day. That’s a lot. But I know I don’t get much accomplished on weekends. Then there is Thanksgiving. So when I planned my word counts for the month, I took that into consideration.
This morning, I cleaned the kitchen before work and set up my work space. That way when I came home I could make coffee and get right to the writing. Which I did. But it was hard. Yesterday, I realized that I plotted my story too early. Meaning I needed several scenes added to it before I could write the first scene I planned. When I started this morning I had to write those initial scenes cold without much of a plan. I don’t work well that way. But I did it. That’s what matters.
Tomorrow I can start writing where my plot cards start. That should be a little easier. I hope.
What are you doing today?
We are finally having cooler days. That means it only reaches 80* instead of over 90*! Looking forward to our first frost…soon I hope.
Last week was very productive. I did have a brief moment of panic yesterday when I thought my computer had lost all of my pre-writing work for NaNo. Luckily I found it. Then I backed it up on a thumb drive. Always have a back up!
Goals from last week:
Make a list of “locations” and describe– DONE
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
Plot, Plot, Plot- I have my first draft of plots. It’s a flowchart. I need to go through and scratch out ideas I don’t like.- working on it.
- If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story
create a list of synonyms for walk – started on it. I’ll add to it I’m sure.
Okay. On here it doesn’t look like much. But I did finish round 1 edits on Origins. That’s a big accomplishment because I won’t have that hanging over me during NaNo.
Week 4 Goals for Preptober:
- If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story. This is actually on my list for today 🙂
- Finalize my plot as much as I can
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters. Now that most of the plot is in my chart, I can work on this.
- Assemble writing materials
- Plan word counts needed for the month: by day and week. I don’t write on Sundays, too busy. I won’t write most of Thanksgiving week. That means I need to write more early on. So plan that out.
- Plan a series of easy meals. I’ve started to stock the freezer with pre-made meals. NaNoWriMo is a great time to use the crock-pot and make large quantity meals that render left overs. Like chili. I’m also not above making sliders!
- Make a list of rewards. I’ve never tried this. Could be fun.
- Stock up on easy to east snacks for writing. Yes, I plan on eating Halloween candy! Popcorn too.
That should keep me busy. Here’s the cover for the 2017 NaNoWriMo project.
-What are you working on this week?
It is official I am participating in NaNoWriMo 2017. I say it’s official because I finally signed up at NaNoWriMo. I also bought the t-shirt. Not the winner shirt. I usually buy the winner shirt in advance but last year I didn’t finish. Not even close. So now when I wear the shirt I feel guilty.
Goals from last week:
complete character inventory sheet/backstory Done. I think most of the character work on the four most important characters is complete. I know I will continue to add to them as I plan but the hard work is finished.
Sign up on NaNo website Done. I just need a title now.
- Work harder on finishing Origins. It’s not finished but it is close. There’s probably less than 20 pages left to edit.
- Think about the major plot points for NaNo. I have a few plot cards.
Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)
I consider last week a success even though I did not finish everything. This week is plot and research.
Goals for week 3 Preptober:
- Make a list of “locations” and describe- these are the main locations where the story takes place: MC apartment, where she works, and the cemetery. Yes, every ghost story needs a cemetery.
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters- just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
- Plot, Plot, Plot
- If possible visit local history library for research- there’s a few things I need to research for my story
- create a list of synonyms for walk- don’t laugh, this will make my life so much easier
That’s pretty much it. More than enough to keep me busy.
What are you working on this week?
One of the fun badges you can earn with NaNo is creating a playlist for your project. I’ve discovered I love playlists. Making one for writing projects also helps he prepare to write. Listening to the music helps my brain realize it’s time to write. My current playlist has 105 songs! Don’t worry I’m only hitting the highlights here.
What’s on your playlist?
Last week was horrible. Between kid activities and the hurricane, I’ve accomplished next to nothing. I’m still working on Origins. I had hoped to have this round of edits finished before NaNo, but I’m not so sure that will happen. I’m 3/4 of the way through, but I have to change POV. I’m going from 3rd person to 1st. It’s tedious to say the least. But it works much better this way. A quick shout out to K. Nebity, she recommended I read The Phantom Tollbooth. I did. I enjoyed it but not as much as I would have if I had read it as a kid. Thanks for the recommendation.
October is Perptober. I didn’t know it had an actual name:)
I have the main idea of the story (spark) and the two main characters. I still need to finish fleshing these characters out and finish with the ghost rules.
This week goals:
- complete character inventory sheet/back story- I like to delve deep into my main characters. So this is a must this week.
- Sign up on NaNo website- I need to do this. I did buy this year’s t-shirt. And it’s already arrived 😉
- Work harder on finishing Origins.
- Think about the major plot points for NaNo. It’s a ghost/mystery story. I want this started soon because I will need to do a little research at the library later.
- Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)
If you are going to participate in NaNo this year, Click here to read more information and sign up. There are also Twitter sprints that take place once NaNo starts. I love those. Sprints really make you write. There are also other groups on different social media sites.
A few sites with NaNoWriMo Prep ideas:
Boho Berry has printables and links. She has a beautiful NaNo bullet journal. Yes, I’m jealous.
Storyist has an in-depth page on NaNo prep. It would work for starting a novel at any time.
Better Novel Project has an outline.
Here is an October schedule for NaNo.
There you go. A few resaurces to help you along.
How is your planning going?
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?