I’m going to take the month of October to talk about NaNoWriMo and the things I do to prepare for a balls-to-the-wall month of writing.
But first, let me preface this…
For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been participating in NaNo since 2005 (with a bleak year off in the middle where I forgot to. Or something. It was probably some tragic, terrifying reason that caused me to miss that year. Or possibly I simply forgot to sign up. I don’t know.) and I credit NaNo with teaching me that it’s okay for your first draft to suck. (If you’re curious, my fabulous editor has also delved into that idea – Your First Draft Sucks.)
NaNo also taught me that all the excuses in the world for why you CAN’T write don’t get that first draft written.
In essence, I have a lot to thank NaNo for. I wrote the first version of my zombie story one November. It lacked zombies and my computer crashed halfway through the month but, by gum, I got my 50K words in anyway.
They weren’t good.
But BUT… they spawned the second version of the zombie story. This one not only HAS zombies, I still adore the characters that came to life and their story is still being written (two books strong and I’m gearing up to write book three this year!).
So, come back here every Tuesday in October as I crack my metaphorical knuckles and get all my ducks in a row so I can write a book in November.
And if you’re feeling sassy? Join me!