Monday, November 18, 2019

NaNoWriMo Monday - The Keys to Success ~ Outline, Write, Edit, Repeat ~ November 18th 2019 (WC 9593)

This month is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! While NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, the novel-writing challenge is a terrific time to get organized and do some serious puking.   When I say puking, I mean words, plot, and character exploration.  The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to stop the excuses and write. Even if you don’t have the plot or characters figured out just yet, go ahead and start writing.  As the brilliant Margaret Atwood said, ~ the best way to learn how to write fiction is to write fiction. ~ Truer words have never spoken.

I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year. My current project is entitled Stupid Car, and I’m at 9,593 words (as of 11/18/19).  According to the NaNoWriMo site, I will be finished on Jan 31st, 2020! Yes, I’m a little behind, but I plan on making up the difference and hitting my 50K goal on November 30th as planned. 
UPDATE - The plan is to push out 10K a day and finish this book. There is honestly so much going on right now personally, and professionally I need to get it done. There are many advantages to typing The End or in some cases, To Be Continued…  One of them being, you can move on to the next project. 

Author Bob Mayer has a great system in place for moving through his projects. He is Outlining Book A, Writing Book B, and editing Book C-- all at the same time. He times them together so when one moves forward, they all move forward. This takes discipline, balance, and scheduling.  He is my personal writing icon as he, in my opinion, has a great working system I would love to emulate.  In the spirit of Bob’s system, I am writing Stupid Car, editing the Prophet and the Snow Angel, and, I am outlining Finders 2.

I have the plan, now I just need the drive and the discipline to make it happen. What is going on in your world? Have you met the 50K goal yet?  What happens once you cross the finish line?  If you would like to learn more about  Bob Mayer, check out his books, one, in particular, is  The Novel Writers Toolkit – From Idea to Best Seller.                                                                                                                                          
If you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to send me a buddy request. I would love to see how you are progressing and be your cheerleader! Here is my information. I will be updating my progress every Monday!

Hope to see you there and good luck, Warriors!

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