For me, NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, is just as essential to fall as Pumpkin Spice Lattes, scarves, and boots.
In November, writers from all around the world come together to write their novels. Seasoned published authors and aspiring authors alike participate in NaNo. Even though I’ve been writing professionally for over five years, I still look forward to setting aside time to work on a project in November.
Late in October, about now, I like to begin my NaNo prep. It looks a little different each year, depending on my project. This year, since I’ll be working on the last book in a series, I don’t have much character work to do. Also, I’ve drifted away from rigid outlines, since I destroy them while writing, and now I have a system with a lot more wiggle room.
Generally, when I plan a book, I think about key events and scenes that are important to the story, and I use those as my pacing guides. If I’m just beginning a series, I like to spend some time getting to know my characters.
This year, my prep will focus more on my writing needs and gathering essentials: a supply of Starbucks Decaf House Roast, Twinings English Breakfast tea, and healthy snacks so I’m not reaching for leftover Halloween candy. Also, I’m hoping to find a good K-drama to binge between writing sessions because that’s my favorite way to relax. (As always, recommendations are appreciated!)
I’ll post occasional NaNo updates on my Instagram account, @shariltapscott. Come say hi and tell me about your project!
Wishing you the best,