NaNoWriMo Journal: Day One/Week one

So here we are on the first day and first week of NaNoWriMo and thinks are going pretty well so far. I finished planning and outlining the chapters the day before Halloween. Took a break from all writing on the 31st to decorate the house, read a little, watch horror movies, play some video games, eat pizza, and give out candy. Good times.

I meant to wake up November 1st at around 6 AM, but my cat insisted on being fed at 5 instead. Ate an early breakfast, got my coffee, and started writing at around 7:30. Wrote about 1,775 words in two hours. Saved my work and drank more coffee. I may have to bring the coffee maker to my room for the remainder of the month to keep myself this productive.

The novel begins in the ’70s, so it was a lot of fun researching that decade and inserting little details to bring myself and the reader to this time and place. It’s hard to imagine a world without all of the conveniences and technology we enjoy today. I will most likely go back later and refine the details, but for now I’m pleased with how the setting is developing.

I think the hardest part will be writing from multiple points of view. My previous novel was written through the lens of a limited third-person narrator focusing on only one main character. This novel is a bit more ambitious since there are multiple main characters who will have an impact on the story.

Another update will come next Friday. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo as well, then feel free to get in touch with me here or at the official website. I’d love to connect with other writers. Cheers!

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).