NaNoWriMo Preparations + Playlist

Getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2011 Poster

November is coming. I didn’t think I was going to do NaNoWriMo again this year in order to focus on my goal to read 40 books by the end of the year, but I changed my mind. If I don’t do it, I know I’ll regret it.

And there’s a story in me that is clawing its way out.

If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo, it’s not too late to get into it! (Last year it was literally October 31st before I decided to do it.) It stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the month of November. The goal is to write a novel from scratch during that time, reaching 50,000 words. On average, you have to write 1,667 words per day to make it.

I know it sounds scary. It sounds hard.
But it’s also possible. And a lot of fun.

I attempted it last year, which I like to consider my “warm-up year” because the novel I wrote already had 9,000 words written…but I did manage to get to 50,000 by the end of the month. It was great motivation to actually sit down and write. To stop planning. Stop putting things off. Stop being concerned about perfection and spelling and having everything outlined. Just sit down and write. Just get through it.

This year, I’m starting from scratch.
And I don’t have an outline yet, so I’m not giving you details yet. But expect them…sometime. I’ll probably be pretty absent next month because of this. But please, please, please send me lots of love and encouragement. I’ll need it.

Especially two weeks in when I question everything about life and wonder why I’ve taken on such a strenuous endeavor.

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And, just like last year, I’ve put together a playlist to listen to during this time:

Each song either reminds me of my story in some way or was just something I thought would be nice to listen to while writing. I tried to avoid duplicates from last year, with the exception of “The Gravel Road” from The Village soundtrack because, you know, it’s the best instrumental in the history of forever.

I made it a bit longer this time because it will be on repeat constantly during the next month. I haven’t completely finalized it yet, so some songs might be added or rearranged or something. And if you have any suggestions, shoot them this way.

See you at 50K!

–Emily

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