NaNoMoWri is Fast Approaching

Here we write again. NOVELmber is almost here, which means thousands—maybe millions—of writers across the world will challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Are you onboard? Are you up for the challenge?

The last time I participated was in 2015. Since then, my schedule hadn’t aligned with the challenge but this year, it does. I’m working towards finishing the 3rd book in the Castle Keepers series, Revelation Stones. As of last night, it was 43,334 words complete. I have about another 90,000 to go.

I’m also writing Project M, which is turning out to be a full fantasy novel, not the short story I expected. I’m debating on where it will fit in with the Castle Keepers series. Technically, it is book 4, but I’m leaning towards it being the first book in another series. It intertwines with The Land of Ath-o’Lea but can lead to additional stories not related. Time will reveal its purpose. So far, 10,183 words have been written.

Writing 50,000 words is simple. Just write 1,667 words a day. Ha, ha.

I understand this is tough for many writers, but it can be done if the universe doesn’t collapse and the month of November is dedicated to the task.

Personally, I plan to write at least 667 words for Project M and 1,000 words for Revelation Stones. I’ve never tackled two books this size at the same time, so it will be interesting.

So far, I’ve been writing both since October 17th. Project M was a new project, and Revelation Stones was 31,244 words written. Since then, I’ve added a total of 22,680 words to the novels. That’s an average of 1,745 words a day. I need only to sustain this for the next 33 days.

One tip I live by is to write every day. Even if it’s only 100 words, this keeps the story moving and fresh in my head. I also make writing a priority. I write before I answer email. I write before I read a book, before I watch a movie, sometimes before I eat breakfast. The only thing it doesn’t come before is my six hours of work a day (Monday to Friday) and my kid’s bare essential needs.

In 2015, I wrote a series of posts to help writers keep on track during NaNoWriMo. They include:

In the post above One Week from NOVELmber, I discuss daydreaming. I can’t stress the importance of this. How can I write more than 2,000 words a day with ease? Because I watch the movie first.

You can't edit a blank page.Every night – every night! – I play the scene I’m going to write the next day in my head. I’ve done this all my life, so I’m a natural. I run several scenarios, getting actors to perform for me. Once I’m satisfied with the ‘show’, I go to sleep. When I wake the next morning, the first thing I do is replay the movie in my head. At the computer, I scribble down a few notes, then I write. I never have to stare at a blank screen and think, “What’s next?” I’ve already done the work, and I’m just recording the scene.

Since I’m writing two books, I create two scenes a night. I love doing this, so it’s not difficult for me.

For another round of helpful tips and advice about writing during NaNoWriMo, visit Nova Scotia author, Sherry D. Ramsey’s website for her series on surviving NaNoWriMo. Start with Survive and Thrive during NaNoWriMo (part 1).

Sign up to officially participate in NaNoWriMo here. I am Scotia Gold.

Are you participating this year? Is this your first time?

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8 thoughts on “NaNoMoWri is Fast Approaching

  1. Hi Diane, I don’t know if I’ll ever be up for a novel in a month. I’ve never got past a few thousand words into a single novel. But, I am doing a FlashWrimo this month. Baby steps for me, one flash fiction per day.

    • Hello Gene, the essences of NaNoWriMo is to encourage writing every day. They set the bar high, but it’s okay to set a personal goal. It might be 100 words a day. Novels are daunting. They require a lot of focus, time and commitment. Not everyone can write 1,667 words a day every year of their life in November. I couldn’t do it 18 years ago with two kids under two. I couldn’t have done it 25 years ago when I worked 60 hours a week. This year, I can do it, so I will. I have no idea what next year will bring.

      PS: A collection of flash fiction can create a book if there are enough of them. Perhaps that is the book you are meant to write at this time.

  2. I looked at this last year and am still trying to figure out how you can write a book in one month. It must be voodoo! 🙂

    • I prefer to call it ‘in the realm’. On a personal challenge, I hope to finish Revelation Stones. That means 90,000 words. I can do it — I think. I just need everything to run smoothly. At the latest, the draft will be complete by December 21st. Then I’ll set it aside and start the self-editing process January 3rd. The publication date is May 6th!

      PS: Magical stones adorn my writing desk. When I light a candle, the stones come to life and provide the magic I need to get the words down. Call it voodoo, magic or my genius, it will be done.

      Doug, you should try it. Even if you only get halfway there, that’s 25,000 words you wouldn’t have.

  3. Timing is everything! I just signed up an hour ago. Have not done this in a couple of years, and the year I did, I never got close. But this year, I want to finish my current WIP (at about 35,000 words now), so this will help me (I hope).

    Good luck, Diane!

    • It is. My heavy writing months are usually January and February, not November. But I’ve got to get my writing in order, and that means finishing book 3. Good luck with your writing. You’ll have lots of company in the challenge.

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