NaNoWriMo: My Writing Plan and Adjusted Goals
This will be my first year participating in NaNoWritMo. As I am in the middle of writing my first novel, I am going to use NaNo to punch through to the end of it! I am not a fast writer. I’m constantly worried about getting the facts right, the plot and characters staying consistent and that slows me down, a lot. To get out of this groove, I have set up some rules for myself for Novemeber.
As a writer with an unrelated full-time job, finding time to write can be difficult. When I do sit down to write, its typically only for 2-3 hours. These rules will help me make more time to write than I usually do. A lot of time that I usually spend reading (like my hour-long lunch breaks) I plan to switch to writing time.
My Plan for NaNoWriMo:
- Finish the editing of my manuscript so far so I can move forward with confidence
- Do a little research on ideas
- Create “Facts” list on my story
- Write down vague plot plan/ideas
- Do not read any books
- Unless it is a writing book for prompts/ideas/advice
- Write no blog posts (although I do have a few saved up that I will post)
- Write every single day
- Even if its just 1 paragraph!
- Write every day after supper
- If I can’t, either wake up early to write or do so before I go to bed
- Write on my lunch breaks
- Weekends: wake up early to start writing
- If my novel plot has me stumped…
- Make a list of possible next moves
- Write an unrelated scene that might happen in the far future or a past scene I previously skipped
- If I get stuck, the quote poetry would be a good prompt
- No editing. Period.
- Resist going back to check facts of the story. If its not on my facts sheet, make a note and move on
- Keep moving forward!
I’m excited and a little nervous for NaNoWriMo. Because of my full-time job and my haunting quality as a slow writer, I’m not expecting to reach the 50,000-word goal. Instead, I have set up my own goals.
My Goals for NaNoWriMo:
- Finish the very-rough first draft of my novel
- Create a habit of spending more time writing
- Improve my ability to keep writing and letting go of the need to double check and edit my work so often
If I reach the 50,000 words that’s great! But I feel the goals above are more important than a word count and will be things I can carry with me past the month of November.
What’s your plan for NaNoWriMo?
Or are you completely winging it? 🙂
Posted on October 29, 2014, in A Writer's Life, Writing and tagged believe, dream, NaNo, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo plan, novel, novel writing, november, writer's life, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.