Oh no! There are only two weeks left to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Don’t sweat yet. It can be a challenge to write 50,000 words.
Yes, I won my first NaNoWriMo last year. Now, I remember I was so scared that I wrote all day long for two days straight. I finished the rough draft of my book. Plus, I had won NaNoWriMo.
Believe me when I say, I was so burnt out I didn’t write again until the next year. So, I don’t recommend doing it that way. Yes, I was excited to win. But, my writing suffered because I had even written a blog post.
When it comes to writing my books, I am a panster. The only real planning I do is I will think of ideas for each chapter as to how I want the story to develop.
Usually, I start with twelve chapters to do the layout: three scenes, four chapters per sense. The beginning of the story. Next is the point of no return/the suck it up deal with it process. Whether you have to learn something new or fear, you have to conquer to make it happen. Then the last stage is the climax of the story.
As I think of each idea, I put one per chapter. Then I develop the scene around that specific idea. If by chance, I make a chapter two long, then I will break it into two chapters.
Now, this may not work for you. Everyone is different. I have tried to make an extended, drawn-out plan. However, I ended up changing the story went in a totally different direction. Of course, it was a better idea. But then I thought of all the time I wasted by doing all the planning. So, I know for me, it is best to create an idea for each chapter.
Are you brave enough to take on this challenge? If so, I wish you well. The key is to decide what days you are going to write. Then, figure out how many words you need to do each of those days to reach your goal.
I hope to hear your story of how your NaNoWriMo went. Happy waiting.
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