It’s October, that means time to get ready for NaNoWriMo 2017! Unfortunately I have “graduated”. So I will no longer be able to participate in the YWP. Which means no more easy word count goals set by myself. This means word count goal over 50,000! Yikes!
I have been working on Galiana Chronicles for… quite some time now. But I have saving Loxley Chronicles for this years’ NaNoWriMo, since I have not actually written any of it.
I wrote part of my novel, Galiana Chronicles, for NaNo 2016. And reached my YWP goal of 15,000. So this year I’ll have to more than double that!
Loxley Chronicles takes place in the year 2011. The opening scene takes place in a local park, with dozens of 7th graders. Alice, an adventurous little 12 year old, takes off into the woods with her best friend, Sean. They find a strange, futuristic card of iridescent honeycombs. Loxley Chronicles tells the adventures and magical journeys of Alice and Sean in that forest.
So there’s my summary for Loxley Chronicles. The plot is still very rough, but it’s getting there. Slowly, very very slowly. I’ve always believed in writing a story’s ending first, but I haven’t found the ending for Loxley Chronicles yet. (Good thing is I still have a bit of time before NaNo begins.)
Now that I kinda have my idea down for my book, I have to prepare for it. What am I going to need?
Well, since this is my first year doing the 50,000 word count goal I am very nervous.
So if I want to make it to my goal of 50,000 I’ll need to do 1,666 words per day. That’s gonna be tough for me since I am a very busy person.
It’s gonna be difficult, but not impossible.
So if I am going to tackle that word count goal, I need to be ready. How?
Here’s a short list of things I’ll be using and doing to get ready for NaNo 2017
- Have writing supplies ready
Since I don’t spend very much time on my computer, and carrying my laptop everywhere is a bit of a hassle for me, I’ll be using a notebook, pens, pencils and such.
- Coffee/Green Tea
This is very important. Coffee and green tea have caffeine, you have to find a way to keep your energy going. I will say however that I find green tea to be better. Because it gives you smooth energy throughout the day, coffee (At least with me) gives you more of a rush then a slump half way through. But chose which ever you like best!
- Find a writing buddy
So this is a new one that I have not tried before. But I have a friend or two who love to know about my writing(s). I am planning on picking their brain throughout the month of November to get to my word count goal and to find new writing prompts and ideas.
- You need a comfy place to write
Be it a desk chair, on your bed, on the couch, or maybe all three (or more). Just find somewhere where you are comfortable to write, somewhere that inspires you to write.
- Start working on a playlist
Now this will vary greatly on you and what you are writing. I am going to be writing SciFi/fantasy and time travel this year. You may be working on a romance, thriller, horror, medieval, historical, fantasy, YA, fanfic or autobiography for all I know. Just create a playlist that inspires you on whatever genre you are writing. It’s a great idea to use Spotify. Because with Spotify you can actually create playlists with songs you want to listen to, you don’t have to listen to a bunch of music you don’t know or even like. The only thing is that you do get adds, and Spotify on mobile you have to shuffle your music. But if you use it on your tablet or computer you can pick whatever song you want.
- Make a plan
When are you going to write? Mornings, evenings, midday? I don’t know, it’s up to you. Just have a plan to tackle those 1,666 words per day!
- Don’t stop
Sometimes it happens that we’ve got nothing. No inspiration, no desire to write anything whatsoever. But what about those days that everything just keeps pouring out? Don’t just be content that you met your goal for that day, keep going! If you plan on writing only 1 chapter per day, but you got that one chapter done and you still have awesome ideas coming. Keep going!
- Don’t edit
This causes you to slow down, and not reach your word count goal. Save the editing until after you have met your 50,000 word count goal.
Taking these steps and mentally preparing yourself for NaNo 2017 will help you get to you word count goal and be a winner!