NaNoWriMo 2012

I think every writer should participate in National Novel Writing Month ( #NaNoWriMo) at least once. If only for the experience of trying to tell a story while the Jeopardy theme song is playing in the background. That’s why I’ve signed up to be part of the madness this year. On November 1st I’ll sit down with an idea and a “damn the torpedos, full speed ahead” type of attitude. I’ll write 2000 words a day, every day, until the end of the month. (That’s a lot of words for me. I could do that easily if I didn’t also have to work and take care of my kids but both my boss and my children demand attention. They’re so unreasonable.) Then, on December 1st I’ll have a (I’m guessing a really) rough draft of Nothingmore, which I’ve decided to make my NaNoWriMo project.You may remember Nothingmore from the other day when I shared a very small piece of it as part of the First Look Challenge. It’s  about Rivers, one of the missing sisters in the Princess of Twilight & Dawn series.

Today, as part of NaNoWriMo prep day, I wrote an outline of the plot.Then, because that was such a rare and special thing for a pantser like me to do, I took some pictures of it.

Stop laughing. That’s what it looks like when I outline.

In addition to showing you that I have the kind of handwriting typically found on the notes serial killers leave behind at the scene of the crime, this outline is supposed to help to keep me from wandering out into plotted territory once I start writing. It’s supposed to anyway. We’ll see about that. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to resist the lure of a tangent…

I hope you’ll stop by the comments to wish me luck, call me crazy, or share your own story of NaNoWriMos past.


4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2012

  1. I’m amazed you can keep all the balls in the air. They’re pretty much all laying on the floor by the end of a work day, for me. lol I’m just glad you’re like the energizer bunny. Such a great imagination and the ability to pull it out of there.

    • Believe me, there are lots of balls on the floor over here too. Oh wait! On closer examination, those aren’t balls, that’s laundry I haven’t gotten around to washing yet. = )

  2. You are so brave! I’m terrified by NaNoWriMo, but am considering it. If I don’t make time everyday, it’ll take me way too long to get book one of my trilogy out. And these characters are pounding on my brain to get out!!! The stress of 2000 words a day will either slam this novel out of me like nobodies business, or it’ll produce complete rubbish! Haha! November 1 is my birthday (and All Saints Day, coincidence? I think not.), so I’m thinking a dedication to myself and my writing is the best gift I can give myself! Good luck! I cannot wait for Nothingmore. And you’ll have two things to celebrate 12/1 – woot-woot!

    • I’m not brave, I’m stupid but the two look so much alike that I’ve managed to fool you.

      Seriously though, whether you end up with rubbish or your best work to date, by the end of November you’ll have completed your first book. Come on! Do it with me and then we’ll have three things to celebrate on 12/1.

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