Last year, it wasn’t until days before November began that I decided to participate. The year before, I didn’t decide to participate until Halloween day.
So it’s okay to not spend a month or more preparing for NaNoWriMo. Really. You don’t have to have much to go on, and in fact, it may even be more exciting if you develop your plot as you go. That’s what I had to do last year. All I had to go on was an idea, a short backstory, and a few major points. I didn’t even know about one of the main characters until the day he showed up in the story. And somehow, with so little preparation going in, I arrived at 50K at the end of the month.
This year, I’ve already decided I am going to participate. And I’ve already been trying to develop my story. Not so much the plot, but scenes and characters. This story will rely a lot on memory and it won’t be told in a linear way, so I’m trying to sort out scenes now and lace them all together as I go.
I’ve already got a good playlist going and am taking song recommendations.
Today, I created the first cover, which I realize isn’t very good but I wasn’t expecting it to be. I’m still not sure what the title is going to be, but “Eminence” will be the working title for now. I also was unable to use my own photo for this one, so I borrowed this one of the leopard off the Internet.
I’m not giving out any plot details yet, though, because it’s still super early and everything is subject to change.
And if you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo before or have any questions, let me know! I know it’s a scary step from wanting to participate to actually deciding to participate, but it’s really worth it.