It’s Here. Again. NaNoWriMo Prep Time.

October 3, 2016


It’s here. Again.

I don’t know why it surprises me when it comes around every year. Supposedly, this is my ninth NaNoWriMo. No, I haven’t contracted some strange disease and I do not have an alien in suspenders hiding out in my home. NaNoWriMo, the brain-child of The Office of Letters and Light, stands for “National Novel Writing Month”. In other translations, it stands for “Naturally, No Writer’s Motivated”.

This is that time of year when, for 30 days, all writers, aspiring retires, supposedly-retired writers, and a hoard of eager children try to write 50k (that’s fifty thousand) words. In the same book. In, as closely as possible, novel format.

Yes. It’s basically one month of group insanity.

However, NaNoWriMo has turned out to be a boon to me. I first started in 2009. I merrily failed every year until 2013. Suddenly something clicked and I barreled through all fifty thousand words just under the wire.

Well. That was easy. I can do this again.

In 2014, I decided to take it a step further. I hadn’t really written much since 2013, so I committed myself to not only writing the book but, in my wisdom, to publishing it. By January 15th. Of the following years.

For those of you who have problems grasping acts of insanity, this means 2 1/2 months, from first word to “Now Available on Amazon”.

And I did it. Veneri Verbum published on January 16th (okay, I was off one day). It had a cover I liked, passable formatting, and very good editing.  (Yeah. I’ve gone back and fixed a lot of things since then, which just shows you what I knew.)

Well. That was easy. I can do this again. No. I can do better.

Last year, I committed to write five novels of 50k words in the 30 days. That’s 250k. 250,000 words. Pretty close to 10k per day.

It didn’t quite go to plan.

One novel mostly got finished and was published in January again. (Sanity has never been my strong suit.) A second novel was completely finished, but needed some rewriting, so it was published in February. A third was published in April, even though I really didn’t get it going until January.

The fourth novel was a crash and burn. The fifth? I’m finally finishing it up for publication at the end of this month.

However, if I hadn’t committed to writing five novels, I wouldn’t have published anything, let alone all five. NaNo is my caffeine: the burst of energy that pushes me through impossible projects as if they weren’t impossible.

So this year– why not try it again?

I’m again committing to write five novels of 50k or more in the 30 days:

  • The Voyage of the Pearl Diver: Water
  • Cheyna and the Doorway to Everland
  • Smells Like Teen Bobian
  • Of Spouses and Friends
  • LOL

Three of these are young adult. One is #3 in the Figments series. The fifth is a scary thing that I will probably not finish. But I won’t finish any of them without at least trying.

So… off to NaNo Prep. In honor of Prep Month, I will be giving up some of my tips and secrets as the month progresses. Hopefully, by November 1st, you’ll be joining me for this adventure. Just in case, bookmark the site.

See you soon.

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