This year will be my first year taking part in NaNoWriMo. For several years I’ve watched everyone participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, but I’ve always been too nervous to get involved. There’s something so terrifying about writing 50k in a month, which is about 1600 words a day. Having never written more than 20k before giving up and seeing it for the dumpster fire that it is, NaNoWriMo is definitely a daunting task.
But I’m also determined.
I want to finish a draft, or at least make more progress than I’ve ever done so that at least I don’t feel like a fraud for calling myself a writer. I’m also determined to make myself believe it’s OK for the first draft to be rubbish. Did you hear that brain? IT’S OK FOR A FIRST DRAFT TO SUCK!
I’ve already outlined the novel I want to write (it’s a fantasy – maybe I’m being too ambitious but I love the genre), got a working title, created a bit of a cover, and even made a pinterest board to hopefully get the creative juices flowing.
My WIP is called The Witches of the Wildlands (working title, but it’s actually not that bad!) Here’s the working synopsis:
Princess Rosalind has always been drawn to the forest just outside the palace walls, where the Wildlands stretch, grow and consume. Since childhood Rosalind has been warned of the dangers that lurk beyond the treeline, lost souls who hunger for life, roots that snare and entangle, and witches who are beholden to none other than the ground on which they walk.
When an uprising forces Rosalind to flee, it’s the forest that answer her calls for safety. Betrayed by those she trusted and hurt by the loss of her family, Rosalind finds solace in the company of two mysterious girls. As grief turns to anger, Rosalind vows revenge. She rises from the ashes of her betrayal, determined to take back what was stolen, and the Wildlands rise with her.
As for any other prep, I’m completely clueless. I’ve never been good at planning my time or my work. My dissertation was an overly arduous task because my planning ability in regard to writing (and actually planning to sit down and write) is actually atrocious. I downloaded some writing templates from Evernote to help me plan out my novel, and I’ve read tons of blog posts, but they make it sound so daunting! I would really appreciate if any NaNoWriMo veterans (or even newbies) had any tips and advice in writing prep and time management.
For now, treat yourself to an aesthetic I made for my NaNoWriMo project! (& if anyone wants to, you can add me as a writing buddy!)
Is anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Any tips for a newbie like myself?