NaNoPrep and General Updates

I don’t know about you guys but I am kind of in shock that it’s already October 24th. This month was like a blip for me and now I’m suddenly staring down November and all of the NaNoWriMo goodness that comes with it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea, as you can probably guess, is to write an entire first draft of a novel in the month of November. 50,000 words in 30 days. Yikes.

I’ve given it a shot once or twice before with no success. But this year is already shaping up to be totally different. I’ve been working on The Star and the Ocean since Spring and I’m on track to have it finished before the year is over, making it the closest thing to a finished novel I’ve ever written. I am warmed-up and just experienced enough at this point that I feel like I should be able to knock this one out of the park (not to mention November is a MUCH quieter month for me work-wise, which will help).

I spent a couple of hours yesterday working on my outline for The Witch’s Patron, my NaNo project inspired by my short story, The Witch’s Luck. I’m clearly running behind on my prep but I’m so glad I took the time to build an outline. Having one has been instrumental to getting The Star and the Ocean this far and the one I built yesterday is making me feel a whole lot better about writing 50,000 words in single month!

Anyway, with this very big and time-consuming project looming on the horizon (and because I royally failed at trying to cram in enough chapters of TSATO to float me through until December) I want to give my readers a sense of what to expect over the next month and a half from me:

  • Three new TSATO chapters this week: Because of my hectic work schedule, I wasn’t able to crank out two new chapters last week. I’ve vowed to make it up to everyone with three updates this week instead (likely Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday)
  • Fewer TSATO updates in November: This pains me because we’re into the last part of book one and I’m so excited about the things that are coming down the pipeline! Still, there’s no way I’m going to have time to write two chapters per week and stay on top of my word count for NaNoWriMo (plus my editor is also doing a double NaNo so she’ll be pretty busy too). As such, I’ll be dropping down to one new chapter per week during the month of November. Please be patient with me!
  • More general blog posts: It will be weird to be doing all that writing and yet have so little that I can share with my readers, so I’m going to try to post more general stuff here at least once per week just to keep things fresh!

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo next month, let’s be writing buddies! You can find my profile here.

Tell me about your project in the comments and let me know what kind of things you’ve done to get ready for the crazy month ahead!

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