NaNoWriMo Countdown!

Less than a week until NaNoWriMo 2010 kicks off! Woot!! If you don’t know what that it, it’s all about writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Fun, right? Let’s hope. Now that Nov. 1st is drawing near, I see more and more pop up around the internet about NaNo. The excitement is building!

This will be my first NaNo. I’ll let you know Nov 30 if it will be my last NaNo! LOL. I’ve decided to write another contemporary romance. I’m aiming for the 50K, but I have no idea how long it will end up being. I’ve jotted down a twelve page outline with scenes, snippets of dialogue, and a comprehensive look at what will happen from page one to the end. Not every little detail is planned, but the main beats of the story are there. The main motivations of the characters are there, and I’m adding in more and more as I learn more about my characters. In fact, just writing this I thought of another little tidbit that needs to be added in about one of the characters…Okay, done. 😉 I’m hoping that my twelve pages will take me well over the 50K and maybe even toward a longer, single title length again, but we’ll have to see. I’m sure as I go, I’ll need to add in a scene here or there that my characters have decided on. But at least I’m going into NaNo with some really good ground work and a guideline to refer to when I start to feel lost or overwhelmed.

So in the last little bit of time remaining, I’m going to round out my characters a little more, pin-point their individual traits, looks, etc, and do a little research about the location of my story. I should be good to go by next Monday! (I won’t be staying up late on Oct 31 to start writing at midnight. I have kids that still need a functional mum available on Monday morning.)

How is your NaNo prep coming along? Have you decided on your book? Your title? Your characters? Are you still tangled in a web of indecision? Still researching? Tick tock, tick tock, Nov 1 is drawing near…


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  1. Shoshanna Evers says:

    I’m excited you’re doing NaNo this year! I’m going to do some world building for my NaNo today (if sick baby and my own cold let me, that is). I’ve decided on writing Protecting Emily, an 80K word erotic romance set in post-apocalyptic New York City. Yup, I’m going to try to write 80K in a month. *bangs head against keyboard*

    1. hthurmeier says:

      80K??? You’re crazy my friend! C.R.A.Z.Y! LOL! Ah, who am I kidding… You’ll totally get 80K. You write so fast!

  2. Janet Walters says:

    Heather, Good luck in the challenge. Not my cup of tea. I admire people who try this.

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Thanks Janet! I’m going to try, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to succeed!! *fingers crossed*

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