Gearing up for the NaNoWriMo

Two weeks ago I was dead set on not doing it. Now I can’t wait until tomorrow to get started.

I was thinking of starting right away at midnight – in a little over two hours – but I decided against it. It doesn’t feel right. I’ll do some last minute tinkering and then relax instead. There will be a lot of writing over the next 30 days.

There will be a page here on the blog where I upload the chapters of the story as they get written. As usual, I don’t expect more than a few people to even look there, but it’s the thought that someone can look there that matters. It helps keep me motivated to keep going.

I’m also going to see how much more I can do about the outline…

I’ve done a rough outline and I’ve listed all of the major and minor events that will take place throughout the story, in chronological order. I also began writing more detailed descriptions of these events, noting down minor details like who’s present and where the event takes place and suchlike.

That part is not done yet. I just reached the halfway mark yesterday. The first two acts are completed, and the second two are not. My gut feeling is that the second act will be the longest one, with the third and fourth the shortest ones.

This means I’ve got more than half the book outlines.

I also have a hunch that this may be enough for the NaNo. The challenge, as I understand it is to write a novel of 50,000 words. For me the difficult part will be the word count. Fifty thousand words is a lot.

The novel is going to be longer than 50k words though, probably by quite a lot. If I’m lucky the bits I’ve planned so far will last me to 50k words, and then I can take a break from the story and go back to the planning.

Hopefully, ideally, maybe, we’ll see…

It’s not like I’ve really written enough to have much of a clue when it comes to estimating word counts. Either way, it’s not all that big a deal. What matters is that I take part and that I have a good reason to try and be more productive in my writing.

Gearing up for the NaNoWriMo

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