nanowrimo 2016

At the start of the month, I wrote a post on my initial prep for NaNoWriMo and, although I didn’t plan out as many of the smaller plot details as I thought I would, I still think I have a good framework with enough flexibility for some creative inspiration.

I have a basic outlook of what’s going to happen but I’m still kind of stuck on the endpoint. I know what my conclusion is, I’m just not super sure how to write it or about what events will get my character to the finish line. Instead of allowing anxiety to get the best of me like I always do, I’m just going to see how I do.

I’ll go in optimistic and if I get stuck, it’s okay; as long as I get to that magical 50k, I’ll have done myself proud. I’ll have completed my task and gotten to a stage that I’ve never reached before. And that’s an accomplishment!

I don’t want to say too much in case I change my mind about things while writing, but my novel is based very loosely around the story of Mulan. In saying that, after the introduction of my main character the story quickly becomes something else entirely, so I’m reluctant to peg it as ‘a Mulan retelling’ because it isn’t, really. It just follows a similar trajectory.

It’s very weird to think that I’m going to start this huge challenge tomorrow, that I’ll have to write approx. 1700 (give or take a few words) every day if I’m to reach my target. It’s scary! I really don’t want to fail. I just have to remember that I’m doing this as a change of pace and a refresher from M.A.D., and also to prove to myself that I can get 50k words written, that even if it’s worse than garbage, I can finish writing a book. 

I have a little calendar from a set called No Plot? No Problem! which I bought a few years ago but never used. I think it’ll come in handy this time around as I can manage my progress as I go along (with gold stars no less!) Hopefully it’ll keep me on the right track!

Tomorrow is my starting pistol, but it’s so much more than just the beginning of a challenge, it’s the start of honing my skills to become a more disciplined and dedicated writer. I’m nervous but excited! That’s the correct feelings duo, right?

Is your final prep done? Are you ready to start writing tomorrow? Let me know in the comments!

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