Alright, it’s the first day of October. And this month is dedicated to exactly two things in my house. Celebrating Halloween as hard as possible, and getting ready for Nanowrimo.
So this year I’m going to take you along for the ride with me, in a four-week course that will let you hit the ground running on November first. I’ve done Nanowrimo or Nanoedmo every year for the last eight years. And I never lose.
Why don’t I ever lose? Because I plan my life and my project in such a way that failure is not possible.
If you’re with me, we’re starting today. This week, you have two tasks.
1. Make your plan of action.
2. Get your people together.
Let’s break these down.
Make your plan of action
Especially if you’re new to the whole novel-writing thing, you need to make a plan for how this is going to happen. Because it’s sure as hell not going to happen by accident. Especially if you have other responsibilities. Like, you know, a life.
So you’ll want to ask yourself these questions.
When am I going to write?
What projects do I need to wrap up before November to make space for this?
Are there any days I know right now I won’t be able to write? What days will I work ahead or catch up?
What are the other obligations that I still need to meet like work, school, finals, or home care?
What I’m saying is this. You are going to have excuses aplenty to not write. Get rid of those excuses by planning for them, not succumbing to them.
Find your people
This is broken down into two groups. Who are you writing with, and who is supporting your writing?
Do you have any friends, online or IRL who want to write with you? Nanowrimo is always better when you have other people participating with you. Start talking to your buddies now, and see who’s going to join you.
More important even than that, though, is your in-person support team.
Who’s going to help you out during November? My support team is my husband, who will help me out with the house and give me space. My best friend, who will be there for emotional support. And my group of friends, always ready for weird questions at random moments.
Make a list of your support team. Ask them if they’re ready for that. Let them know what you’ll need of them. Do you need your mother-in-law to watch the kids an extra hour a week? Do you need your wife to make dinner on a night that would normally be yours?
You need time to prep. Your support system does too. And if you’ve got to do something extra to support your loved ones in return, best to know that early.
So that’s it for this time. You’ve got a week for these two tasks. I’ll see you back here next week for a new assignment.