NaNoWrimo - Goals and Plans for the Month

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

I don't know where October has gone. Every year I look forward to November, my favourite month of the year. There's so much I love about November - general autumnal goodness, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, my birthday, early Christmas feels, and writing! This month I'm feeling a bit more conflicted. All of the excitement is still there, but it's tampered with some fairly intense work-stress. But November wouldn't be the same without some time spent working on a novel.

Although I have a brand new NaNoWriMo profile*, this is certainly not my first time at the rodeo. I started in 2006 and racked up 3 wins before I graduated high school. Then, as often happens at university, I acquired a social life in addition to an increase in schoolwork...so I haven't won in 6 years now. But I have never given up, and I don't consider any of my attempts to be failures. Every November I've been able to devote time to writing fiction and that's always a success in my book. 

This year I am very excited about my project. I'm not taking the truly traditional route of writing a novel start to finish as I've been working on this story since March (and it's likely that the story will reach beyond the final, cumulative word count goal for the month). Of course I will only be counting words written during November toward the 50,000 word goal for the month. And that brings me to my official 2015 Goals.

NaNoWriMo 2015 Goals

  • To write 50,000 words for my current WIP with an ending word count (cumulative, with words written earlier in the year) of at least 65,000
  • To write every day in the month of November, with the only allowed exceptions during the Paris trip (21-23)
  • To make friends
  • To not feel guilty about writing and to enjoy every minute of it

And that's it. That's all I'm hoping for from this month. I know realistically that I may not live up to all of these, but I'm happy to set ambitious goals even with the slim odds of success. It is a challenge after all. Ultimately, though, the most important of my goals, and the only one I'm really passionate about keeping, is the final one - I just want to write and I want to have fun. 

So...you may be wondering how on earth I'm going to work on my PhD full-time, TA part-time, blog every day, nanny part-time, and write 50,000 words in a month. Luckily my part-time jobs as a TA and a nanny are not very time-consuming. The biggest challenge will be balancing my work, the blog, and my writing. I'm not planning on skimping out on the blog for the month of November. I have posts planned for the usual Monday-Friday schedule and I'm very much hoping to keep up the momentum. My plan is for any day that I'm not able to write up the planned post, I will instead post a NaNo Update. As a result this blog may be more writing focused during the month of November. I'll still at the very least be posting the TTT every week and that will always be book related (Midweek Music Break and Week in Review posts will also continue as usual). Although my plan is to keep up with my planned posts, all of which are bookish!

And finally, I do want to say upfront that I do not talk about a WIP in detail with anyone, at least until I have a completed draft. I'll obviously be sharing my writing journey throughout the month, but I won't be giving any specifics about plot or characters. I have quite a strong secretive streak, I like to think it gives me an air of mystery (although I know friends in real life actually just find it annoying). 

If you're doing NaNoWriMo this year, please add me as a buddy so I can succeed in my goal to make writing friends. My profile: R. M. Pip 

Let me know if you're participating or if you're working on a novel/writing project.

Good luck to all of my fellow Wrimos (I know I'll need it)! And happy writing!

 


*The website doesn't let you change your username so I decided to delete the old account and start a new one, free from the username I chose for myself at age 16.