As all writers know, it’s that lovely and terrifying time of the year again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), known to most people as November, is upon us! For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, this link will take you to the official NaNoWriMo website!
This year I decided to participate for the first time! I’m quite scared but excited to jump right in. Because this is my first time participating and I want to actually accomplish finishing this draft of my book, I’ve decided to lay out weekly goals for myself. If I can stick to a daily schedule and make sure to get certain things done, then I know it will alleviate a lot of stress. Every week for Preptober, more commonly known as October, I’m going to post my schedule and goals for NaNoWriMo!
Week 1: November 1-7
This week is probably the scariest to plan out. What I can and cannot accomplish the first week of NaNoWriMo sets the stage for what I’ll realistically be able to achieve throughout the month. My overall goal is to finish my current work in progress (WIP). I’m about 50,000 words in, which means ideally, I’d like to get in another 25,000-35,000 words. This week I want to give myself room to play in terms of what I can and cannot accomplish. The last thing I want is set goals I cannot accomplish and feel discouraged for the rest of the month. Instead, I’ve decided to set out to accomplish less than I’d realistically like, in the hopes I’ll find myself ahead of schedule.
I already have an advantage because I am on the fourth draft of my WIP. With that being said, draft 4 is essentially a complete overhaul and rewrite of draft 3. For me, Preptober doesn’t have to be about world-building, creating character charts, or figuring out plot. What I need to do is finish my outline.
My outlining process is a little unorthodox. I have my story and all the plot twists figured out, but I do like to have some flexibility, so I actually outline as I write, but keep my outline three or four chapters ahead of what I’ve written. Throughout NaNoWriMo, I won’t have time to outline if I’m trying to churn out 1,000-2,500 words a day. For this week though, because I want to have more flexibility, my goal is to have my outline completed by midweek, ideally Saturday, November, 4th.
I’m admittedly a speedy writer, but I’m not a speedy outliner. If I can dedicate the first few days of NaNoWriMo to finishing up my outline, then I can devote the next three and a half weeks to writing.
This week I’m only aiming for 5,000 words because the first few days of this week will be dedicated to finishing my outline. For the rest of the month though, I’d like to be able to crank out 10,000 words a week.
Overall Week 1 Goals:
Wednesday, November 1st— Saturday, November, 4th: FINISH OUTLINE!!!!
Sunday, November 5th—Tuesday, November, 7th: 5,000 words!
So far I think these goals are pretty attainable! I hope you guys enjoy going on this Preptober and NaNoWriMo journey with me. Feel free to comment what you’re doing for Preptober!