NaNo, 18 Hours to Start

Hello all NaNoWri Mo participants out there! it’s Halloween, always the last day of October. Every year I buy lots of candy for the littles ones who knock at my door dressed in their best character costumes. I try and keep the halloween tradition alive afterall its the best opportunity for little ones to explore their “make believe” little worlds as a superhero, witch, cheerleader, clown, bunny, Freddie, and all the other fun characters they represent. Sure Halloween’s scary, and cold around here,  and I may have to watch out for a sword or two at the front door, but I love it. All the kids, big ones too, use thier imagination as they play out their characters and who knows there could be a  future author behind one of those masks!

How fitting that at the stroke of midnight present day authors wonder into in their imaginary state of minds to produce a 50, 000 word novel in 30 days. I myself have an hour or so to complete my brief outline of my November novel or maybe I won’t. You see once I go into the non fiction world it’s difficult to return to fiction and vice versus, maybe I’m on the edge of madness, maybe we all are, regardless I will and am sure many of you will carry on!

Looking ahead at the calendar I see two doctor appointments and two dentist appoinments, there will be store runs, activities for the kids, my full time job, and I have an adorable 4 month old in the house, this will take some will power to reach 50,000 words, and I am seriously looking forward to all the insanity. I’m reasonably sure all my fellow writers have the same scenarios or some other forces tugging away at progress, but fear not, we can do this! So saddle up, beam up, team up, whatever you do at the starting line and wait, wait for the midnight chime, take a deep breath, and go!

Progress in Planning

Two days from now the challenge begins! NaNoWriMo has a lot of attention in the blog world. If your like me youv’e been in a fantasy state while preparing for NaNo. Tonight I will take a break leave the house and find a spot to work out scenes. I know that’s not exactly a break! I’ve waited until the last minute to prepare and so here I am srambling to put something together!

Regardless,  I’ve written mini notes for 18 chapters for a basic outline of where I want the story to progress. I will do anywhere from 25 to 30 chapters total. I fear the story may fizzle! So I’m going to put some scenes into thought. Write them down for later, and then return to the last of the chapter outlines. Maybe I’ll be ready by the 1st!

However, my writing freinds, my characters have a way of coming to life and going in their own direction from time to time, nifty little actors they are, and when this happens my story changes just a little.  Truth be told I’m looking forward to it because I too would like to know what happens next.


NaNoWriMo Prep

I wasn’t going to do it. I wasn’t going to start another blog. NaNoWriMo is approaching fast and I have found the need to voice or write as my anxiety builds. I previously posted that I would not create an outline, right, what a foolish thought.

Whatever…as time gets near I have been giving some thought to my story and realize a few good scenes aren’t enough to carry even a short novel to 50,000 words. GGRRR! I’m happy to report I have come out of my  fog and have outlined  7 chapters of my story, nothing in too much detail mind you, just enough to give me focus and direction.

Last minute preparations, as if writing the novel wouldn’t be enough excitement, I had to go and do this!

Enough about my ordeal, I read in amazement there are up 300,000 writers out there participating in NaNo this year, though I haven’t heard anything official, but wow, what a turn out! I do plan to donate to NaNoWriMo and hope others do as well, a month long challenge is ideal to get the creative, ok, ok the mind boggling writing spirit flowing again.

Getting that first draft out is worth ten dollars or so to help keep the challenge alive.

I wish every one well! So at the stroke of midnight on November 1st I’ll be sleeping, no midnights for me, so I’ll see you, not really, I’ll actually be with you in spirit at 4 AM! Now back to my rough outline.

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