This month has been so busy since I’ve been traveling, but October has also been a month of planning. For the last two years I’ve done NaNoWriMo and epically failed. Mostly due to being in school or just having other things going on. But this year I have nothing- no school, no client projects (as of yet), it’s the perfect year for me to finally win NaNoWriMo.
For those that are wondering what NaNoWriMo is:
NaNoWriMo = Nation Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month happens every November (much better than “No Shave November” if you ask me) and is a fun, sporadic, crash course approach to creative writing. Starting on November 1 participants start working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. NaNo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
So to get ready for NaNo I’ve been reading books on how to write YA novels & fiction, as well as watching YouTube videos to see how others are preparing. I also wanted to try outlining this year. Which has been weird, but going really well. I’m almost done- with only a week to finish getting ready too, talk about cutting it close! I had a few other things I want to do before NaNo starts is a mood/inspiration board, pick out playlist music, and I still need to decide how much time & when I am going to be writing everyday.
I think I can get that all done in the time left. (oh God, it’s to early for the panic to set in…)
I am really excited to actually be working on something that I have been thinking about for so long. I am continuing my story from NaNo last year, but since outlining I have more of an idea of where in the world the story is going. Which makes me really excited to get it out of my brain and down onto paper.
If your planning on participating in NaNo then we should be friends! You can add me here. I’ll be sure to add you back. Having friends during NaNo is a life saver. Weather it’s for encouragement, or to bounce ideas off of.
One of the ways I plan on staying on track this year is by keeping track of my word count goals in my planner. I had this idea a few weeks ago, and I started by looking around on Etsy, but I couldn’t find anything, which was a bit disappointing. So I made my own! 😀
When designing my own stickers I thought about what would be most helpful to me. Which led me to creating a weekly word count goal sticker, daily word count sticker, a sticker for my monthly overview of general goals I have during NaNo, some little banners for start of, end of, half way 20 days, and 5 days left, and some inspirational quotes to keep me going.
I also got to use the new removable vinyl sticker paper I bought a while a go, and it turned out so nice for printing on. Though I did learn I need to let it dry just a touch longer to prevent smears.
Since I had such a hard time finding stickers, I am assuming my writing friends did as well, so I am including the sticker sheet I made, free for download.
I hope the stickers help! 🙂
Are you planning on getting in on the novel writing action in November? What’s your story about? Planner or Pantser? Let me know down below. ❤