NaNoWriMo. Bring it on!

So, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. If you don’t know about it, check it out here. The goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. It’s a lofty goal for someone who works full-time, husbands full-time, and parents full-time. (Yes, I made “husbands” into a verb. It’s almost always a set of actions anyway, so why not?).

Last year, I was a NaNoWriMo loser. Life happened (all kinds of crazy stuff with work and family), and I only got 26,200 words written.

But it wasn’t a failure. It only would have been a failure if I had given up on the book. But I didn’t. I wasn’t able to reach my 50k word NaNoWriMo goal, but I did get a good start on my novel, and I kept going when I could even as my family went through the trauma of a move from one city to another. (Yes, absolute, complete, mental and emotional trauma!). I finished my NaNoWriMo book several months late, but it’s done, revised, and revised again. Since then, I’ve  also revised my first two books.

I’ll call that a win any day.

I’m pretty excited about this project. It will be my first Sci-Fi novel. I’ve had the idea for a few years now, but I’m finally in a place where I think I’m ready to write.

This time around, I’m attempting to be a little more proactive. I’ve started my outline of scene notes and pieces of dialogue in Scrivener (What do you mean you don’t have Scrivener? Go! Go! Go!).

I wrote a sample chapter 1, just to see if it was the right place to begin the story. My world-building is ongoing. My language-building is ongoing. My character-building is coming along nicely (desires, conflicts, relationships, etc). Things are coming together to make for a (hopefully) smooth mass-ejection of words in November.

I’ve even got some writing music ready to go.

But even with all of the prep, getting 1667 words written each day will be a feat. I fully expect life to happen. Heck, I’m a husband, father, and pastor, so unexpected stuff happens all the time. If I get to 50k in 30 days, that will be awesome. If I don’t, I’ll still have a great start on my novel from NaNoWriMo.

So what do you do to get ready for National Novel Writing Month?

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