Who’s signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year? I signed up for it a few months back, and suddenly the time has crept up on me! This is the point where many of us start feeling the panic. Only a few days to November 1, and I don’t have a story outlined! Aah!
Not to worry, all in good time. I decided to pick up an old story I came up with when I was in my teens. It came from a dream I had. (Most of my stories did back then) It’s a SciFi, and I’ve never written one before, but here goes! I bought a book on writing Science Fiction, and am madly reading through it, trying to pick out some good tips. I figure if I have a strong character, a fairly good sense of the world she lives in, and an idea of where the story is going, I’m doing ok. I can wing the rest. I’m a converted Plotter, but I have a Pantsing background, so I guess that makes me a Plantser.
The hardest thing for me is showing up each day to actually do the writing. I’m not the most disciplined person in the world, especially when it comes to getting up early, but I’m going to give it a go. Usually after a day of work, I don’t want to do any writing, so I want to avoid that. I’ll see how I go.
This is my first year doing NaNoWriMo, so for those veterans of this most sacred of months, what are your tips? What’s worked for you? How did you get through it? Let me know in the comments.
Now off to more planning…