It’s here! NaNoWriMo 2016.
True to form I spent October planning and preparing a novel idea for NaNoWriMo. And then I decided I hated it, and spent the last 4 days of October coming up with an entirely new idea. Since I’ve won the last 2 years after a last minute change, I’m feeling pretty good about my chances right now.
I expect to get ahead of target in the enthusiasm of Week 1, but I’ve stocked up on inspiration anyway. In time-honoured tradition (Est. 2014), I shall be reading through Chuck Wendig’s 30 Days in the Word Mines each day. I’ve talked about it before, but to recap, it’s a daily dose of encouragement, butt-kicking, searching questions, and story seeds. As a bonus it has details of Chuck’s 350 Words a Day Writing Plan.
This tweet from J. K. Rowling made me laugh,
Today’s been a lousy writing day. This chapter doesn’t work, I’m going to have to rewrite from scratch AND THERE’S NO CAKE IN THE HOUSE.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 28, 2016
but is also getting printed out to stick up as a reminder that even famous, best-selling authors have bad writing days (and suffer cake emergencies :)).
Finally, Daniel José Older’s NaNoWriMo Pep Talk was a timely reminder of the benefits of a steady pace, and thoughtful attitude to writing. As someone who feels guilty when she’s not writing, and guilty about what she’s neglecting when she is writing, the suggestion that we begin with forgiveness resonated with me. I also second the idea of a writing journal – many of my ideas and solutions are worked out in my morning pages.
I’ll be posting updates during November, and taking part in NaNoSprints on twitter. Feel free to add me as a buddy (epalmerbrown) on the NaNoWriMo website too.
Good luck, fellow Wrimos!