Plantser’s Preptober

This year I am dipping my toes into the NaNoWriMo pool for the first time.

Listening to podcasts and authortubers (Joanna Penn, Kristen Kieffer, and Alexa Donne to name a few) talk about their preparations for the most exciting and dreaded month of the year, I figured I needed to prepare in my way.

Since this is my first NaNoWrimo and I am not a 50000-word writer yet, my primary goal for this NaNoWriMo is to be productive and balance writing fiction and blogs.

My target is 20000 words in 30 days.

The word count will include both fiction and blog content. So 680 words a day is a realistic target for achieving that balance.

The next step is to outline the fiction that I will be writing next month. I tend to oscillate between plotting and pantsing. Sometimes I have too many ideas about what the character will do next that I don’t know which path to take. And sometimes I get too focused on the trees to notice the forest. So a few plot points would definitely help me write faster next month.

And most important of all is remember to value what I write.
No matter what it is that I write about – whether it is the monsters I create or the ones that go bump in the night in our favorite books – I will value every word I write. Now it won’t be all gold and most of it will be removed in editing. But every word counts.

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood

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