I can’t believe September is almost over already. This month went by exceptionally quickly, and it’s hard to wrap my mind around the idea that we’re almost seven weeks into the school year.
I started planning for National Novel Writing Month in August and said I would post once a month regarding my progress. Well, as promised, here is my post for September.
Last month I said that I hoped to start filling out the NaNo high school workbook in September and continue in October, but I have not yet done so. I briefly thought about scrambling to complete a handful of pages so I could take pictures of them and show off, but… no.
I want to be honest on this blog and with everyone who reads it… so this is me, being honest: I’ve been really busy this month. I have a ton of homework, big projects, et cetera, and when I’m not working my butt off to get them done, I’m far too exhausted to plan out a novel.
This doesn’t mean that I’ve changed my mind about NaNo. I still want to do it! I’ve just realized that it’ll be harder than I thought, that’s all. I realized that there is still so much planning that needs to be done that ISN’T related to developing ideas for my story.
So, yeah. I did make progress, of a sort, this month. It wasn’t the kind of progress I had envisioned myself making, but the main thing I did to get ready for NaNo in September was to make a list that further breaks down everything else that I need to do.
These things include:
1. Read No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty
The official NaNoWriMo guide! This is my fifth NaNo so it’s not exactly imperative that I read a guidebook, but I’m going to do it anyway just to see if I find any useful tips in the time management department. Because I could always use more help with that. I’ve been trying to read one book each Sunday, so that will be the selection for this coming weekend!
2. Block out time to write on my schedule
I was flipping through the NaNoWriMo workbook the other day and noticed that this was addressed in it, which is what reminded me that this is a THING I should probably figure out soonish instead of waiting until November.
So far it looks like I can make time on Tuesday evenings (when my writing group, the Iowa Writers’ House, meets), Sunday mornings (when I often schedule blog posts for the week ahead), and various times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday depending on what is happening that week.
I also plan to attend as many write-ins as possible and am super excited to NaNo in person for the first time since I joined NaNo in 2011!
3. Schedule blog posts
There is, without a doubt, no possible way for me to write a novel, continue to earn straight As, and keep this blog up to date during the month of November if I don’t schedule most, or hopefully all, of my posts in advance. This shouldn’t be too difficult – I like to sit down and write a bunch on Sunday mornings, as stated above.
Last but not least, I made a board for my novel on Pinterest today before class while we were waiting for the professor to arrive. I rarely use Pinterest, and sometimes forget I even have it, but it does come in handy for story inspiration, fancasts, et cetera.
This particular board definitely makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (My novel is a fluffy YA contemporary about two girls, best friends, who fall in love over the course of a summer and have lots of adventures.) I will be adding more pins over the next few weeks, so be sure to check it from time to time!
Will you participate in NaNoWriMo this fall? If so, how have you been preparing for it?