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).

2019 NaNoWriMo Prep

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year and started the process of prepping a horror/supernatural thriller. I think it will be fun to add an update each week, sharing my thoughts on plot, characters, and my slow descent into madness writing process.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

“The old Dome theater in downtown Sun Valley reopens after decades of abandonment. However, as the theater resumes operation, management, guests, and staff experience strange, supernatural events that reignites stories of unsolved murders and hauntings. Four strangers investigate the theater and discover a horrifying evil infesting the old movie theater. These strangers must work together to stop this evil before it grows too strong and spreads into the world of the living.”

This idea started back in 2007 when I was working my first job at a movie theater. I was reading a lot of Stephen King and Lovecraft at the time and was inspired by The Shinning and The Dunwich Horror. I wanted to write my own epic ghost story set in a haunted movie theater, but I was 18 and didn’t know anything about how to write a novel. Now that I’m older and have more writing experience, I figured now’s the time to finally write this thing.

Currently using Scrivener to track and take notes on the major characters (4-5 as of now) and plot out each chapter. 15 out of 30 chapters plotted so far. Hoping to write 2,500-3,000 words per chapter. My goal is to have 50k-90k words written by the end of November.

More to come next week.