Nano starts in two weeks. Two years ago, I completed 50,000 words in 30 days. I went into it blind, as I do a lot of things that take pre-planning, and though I succeeded, it was tough because I didn't have a plan and I was never really sure where the story was going. But luckily, it was about me so it was kind of easy to make up as I went along. This year, I have an idea for an actual novel. I'm not going to tell you what it is and I'm not even going to share my planning stage with you because if I do that and you don't like it, I will probably decide to stop writing. And I think this is a good idea. So I'm going to plan and I'm going to write it and you can just wait until I'm done to read it :)
I am going to lay out a schedule for the next two weeks, though, so I'm ready to start writing come November 1st. Here is what I'm going to do:
Today: Brief plot outline- at least figure out what is going to happen/climax/resolution. As of now, I've got none of that.
Day 2: Character description- main character
Day 3: Character description
Day 4: Character description
Day 5: Character description
Day 6: More detailed plot outline
Day 7: Character description
Day 8: Character description (if necessary)
Day 9: Setting description (research if necessary)
Day 10: Chapter 1-2 outline
Day 11: Chapter 3-4 outline
Day 12: Chapter 5-6 outline
Day 13: Chapter 7-8 outline
Day 14: Chapter 9-10 outline
Day 15: Last minute touches on planning
This will take me to November 1st. Then I start writing. My goal is to stay on top of it this year- 2,000 words a day. I know I can do this. I know I can.
In other news, Guatemala is currently in the throws of a tropical depression. We are the only school in session in the city today. There are land- and mudslides all over the place. This picture was from a couple of days ago (as a side note, the the guy on the billboard in the background- his grandsons go to our school). Our nanny told us this morning that several houses around her washed away. We passed several mudslides on our way to school and we were almost blocked into our neighborhood by them. Pray for the people of Guatemala. It always seems to effect those that can't afford to be affected.