NaNoWriMo Prep Season

to some, known as a month full of fall, pumpkin-spice flavored things, and Halloween.
to others, known as the only thing between a Wrimo and time of NaNo frenzy.

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.

currently listening to: Somebody That I Used To Know (cover) by Pentatonix


  1. Dr. Sus
    October 7, 2014

    How exciting. I've been considering participating this year, but I still don't quite understand it. It seems like a lot of pressure to have to finish in one month. What are the benefits? Are there easy ways to connect the writing community and get feedback from other writers?

  2. Emily
    October 7, 2014

    Thanks for your comment! It can be a lot of pressure, but ultimately, you set the standards for yourself. If you think 50,000 might be too much, then make your personal goal be 25,000. The goal of NaNo isn't really to produce a novel in a month. The goal is to get you writing. I'm not sure about you, but I can go months and months of planning out a story in my head, but get stuck every time I try to pick up a pen. But NaNo provides me with a daily goal, which encourages me to actually write my story. It's all about personal success, so you should set a goal that meets your own needs.
    The site allows you to form groups with other writers in your area, and there are MLs that organize write-ins so you can meet up and write together. There are also TONS of forums that allow you to ask questions and give feedback to other writers. If you don't want to share anything you write, you don't have to. But if you do, they provide options for it, especially at the end of November.
    It can be hard work, but it's really fun! I hoped this helped. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Dr. Sus
    October 8, 2014

    Thanks. That is helpful. I am still considering if this would be a good year for me to do it. I already have a writing project that I've been working on pretty faithfully, so I'm afraid it might be a distraction to my main writing goals at this point vs. a help. And yet, it sounds like a lot of fun. I'll keep thinking about it.


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