Training for NaNoWriMo 2013
Last year, I joined this annual frantic race to complete a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Like a sprinter, I jumped off the starting block and started furiously typing just after midnight on November 1, 2012.
The first five days, I wrote every night making sure to hit my 1667 word count. The story was evolving in front of my eyes and I was thrilled. Fueled by coffee and chocolate, I powered forward through my second weekend of writing.
That’s when I finished. Not a novel, but the story.
There was nothing left to write. I had hit the wall with about 23,000 words. Over the next few weeks, I tried and tried to add dialogue, descriptions and additional characters. Nope, it was the end. I failed.
This year will be different, though! I started NaNoWriMo 2012 with an idea.
This year, I’m giving the Muse everything she needs to win the race:
- Characters: My cast of characters has been set, including my first African American hero. Take a moment to salivate over Xavier Loving.
- Research Notes: I’ve almost completed the work on researching certain points such as weather patterns, occupational challenges and international flight patterns.
- Outline: I’m starting an outline. Not something skimpy, but a detailed chapter by chapter analysis of scene setting and action needed!
I’m excited again and determined to have a finished novel by midnight on November 30, 2013!
Wish me luck!
And if you’d like to join me, check out the official website at: http://nanowrimo.org/en/dashboard