NaNoWriMo 2019 Journal: Prepping Weeks 2 and 3

The last two weeks I have been doing more prepping for my NaNoWriMo novel. Most of it involves writing short notes for each chapter or adding details to major characters. I’m halfway through plotting the novel and have to figure out how the plot will advance towards the climax. As of now there are four major characters who will have a direct impact on the plot, but I realized that one isn’t developed enough. Will work on giving her character more time to develop.

Prepping like this is a lot easier for me than trying to dive in and “pants” my way through. I enjoy an occasional stream of conscious writing exercise or pantsing my way through a short story, but a novel is too big and has too many parts for me to just “wing it.” This will also help prevent any writer’s block next month and make it easier to meet my daily word goals.

There are 30 days in November, so if I want to meet the goal of writing 50,000 words by the end of the month, then I’ll need to write at least 1,700 words every day. That doesn’t sound too bad as long as I write without second-guessing myself or agonizing over ever word choice. Real writing is in the editing and revising, so my goal is just to write the damn thing and then worry about the small stuff when I go back to revise.

That’s all for now. More next week (if I remember to post on time).

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