So here we are, my friends. Another year has passed and in a couple of days, many of us will be throwing ourselves headlong into writing a 50,000 word novel for National Novel Writing Month. We’ll accept all your well wishes, prayers, and baked goods.
Over the last couple of weeks, @Bryn Donavan has provided a series of guides to help structure your novel. They are truly helpful, especially if you’re struggling with your concept for the coming month. You can find them here: Simple Plotting, Who Are You? and What’s Your Story About?
Again this year, we’ll have weekly check in posts every Friday for commiseration and accountability. I know these checks ins helped me stay on pace last year if only because otherwise I’d have to admit in my post I’d been slacking off. Our NaNo writing group is also active for questions and tips and the occasional roar of frustration.
If you are looking for some meatspace write ins, don’t forget to sign up for the NaNoWriMo website, which has regional forums. Which also means more people who are in the same boat, feeling the same feels. You’re not alone, even if sometimes it feels that way when it’s just you, your computer, and your word count.
So who is already ready and who is already feeling behind? I’ve got to clean up my office, unsubscribe from some internet activity, and set my dvr for the coming month. Oh, and decide which of the two competing stories I’m going to go with.