National Novel Writing Month is set to begin in just a few days! Last year was a great experience for me and I am thrilled to be joining along for the ride again this year. Though I have had many false starts to editing Killer Instinct, the product of NaNo last year, I feel that I have learned many things between novel writing and editing that will be beneficial for this year’s novel writing month.
I am very excited to get to work on a story idea that came to me several months ago. Stranded Moon began with the concept of a girl bitten in the woods while on a camping trip, forced to deal with the change on her own while no one believed her story of events. Being alone and having to deal with huge responsibilities is a heavy weight for a young adult novel, but it’s a story line that I feel many young adult readers would connect with. Many teenagers feel like they are alone in someway or another. In this case, Melody Graham is truly all alone. Or so she believes.
The goal I have for November is not to complete the story of Stranded Moon, but rather to get a large chunk of it out. The 50,000 word goal can seem daunting, but with the knowledge that I’ve done it before it isn’t as intimidating! My word goal for this project by the end is in the ballpark of 80,000 words. Considering that it is planned to be a young adult novel, I have no intention of making it too long. I hope to complete the first draft before the new year.
I have spent the last week or so preparing for the month ahead. There is a lot that goes into planning for a novel, in most cases. I’ve always considered myself what some would call a panster, but I’m gearing up to transition into a planster, one who plots some and flies from the seat of their pants on the rest of it.
The Snowflake method came up recently in a writing group I follow. I have taken the last week to examine it’s process and have been applying it to Stranded Moon. At this point I would have to say that it is very helpful for someone hoping to add a level of planning to their writing. By November first I plan to sit down for my first sprint of the month with the planned story fresh in my mind and my loose plan in hand. I foresee less plot holes and fewer redundancies when the first draft is completed.
That’s all I have for you for now! I will be back with a new update at the end of the week to share how NaNo is doing, what my word count is at, and how I can improve or change my plan of attack.
Let me know, are you planning to tackle NaNoWriMo this year? If so, I’d love to hear what genre you’re working in! If not, what do you think of all these crazy writers trying to get a whole novel out in a month?