It’s that time of year again – NaNoWriMo – and my brain is already itching to put pen to paper, or in this case fingers to the keyboard. After a busy September, chock full of nonstop work, I’m officially prepping to take on National Novel Writing Month. I’ve had the bones of my upcoming project in my head for the last month and a half and my only hope is that my brain doesn’t decide to jettison my opening scene before November 1st hits.
Last year, I went into November with a loose outline and having to make most of it up as I went along my way to 50,000 words. A handful of times I ran into every writer’s worst nightmare, Writer’s Block, and my ADHD took over. I flip-flopped between characters, sometimes only squeezing out 500 words for the day.
I still managed to reach 50K and it’s easy to blame how hard it was on burnout or the ADHD, but the lack of general planning was staring me in the face. I always ask for lists or to have something submitted in writing from close friends, but I rarely take my own advice. Lists have become my greatest asset in my everyday-ADHD-life and outlines are just super-detailed lists!
Over the last few weeks I’ve researched and outlined until there was steam coming out my ears and my brain leaked down my face. I have a concrete plan of the first thirteen chapters of my novel and a thorough timeline to fill in the gaps. As such I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that this year will be better than last!
If anyone else is taking the plunge into NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a Writing Buddy (at Occams_Writer on the forums) and follow along with my progress at A Lowcountry Promise (Southern Comforts #1).
Apart from the official stats at the link, above I’llbe posting progress reports throughout the month on Twitter & Instagram as a way to keep myself motivated – and held accountably – through the whole process!