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Thinking Ahead

September is almost over. I feel as though the month dragged on, but now that the end is just about here, I feel as though the month went by too fast.

I didn’t get as much done as I planned to this month mostly because of work, but I’m still trying to figure out ways I can still be productive without burning myself out. I’m always planning ahead.

October begins at the end of this week, which means a lot of things for some people. Autumn is officially here, Halloween is coming up, and pumpkin everything. But, if you’re a writer, you think of one thing:

NaNoWriMo prep time!

I’ve known what I wanted to write for NaNo for the past few months now. I think I decided what to write at the end of July, the last Camp NaNo session.

Last November I wrote a novel called Second Chances, which I think came out very well and I enjoyed writing it. But I probably won’t continue that novel for a while.

The year before, I didn’t write a novel at all. I wrote short stories.

This year I’ll be doing the same thing. I’m going to write my Short Story Sundays ahead of time for 2017.

My Short Story Sundays are mainly flash fiction, but some do run a bit longer. And who knows? Some stories may turn into actual shorts and some might even turn into novella or novel ideas. So some shorts I write in November may not actually appear on the blog.

Either way, I’ll be able to get new ideas out of these short stories while getting a little ahead on my blog for next year. Every little bit helps.

The reason I’m not working on a novel this year is because I already have two novels I’m currently editing. I’m hoping to spend some of my NaNo time editing at least one of those novels if it’s not too much between writing 2,000 words a day on top of my day job.

Kris and I are still trying to work at least one hour every day on one manuscript, though we’ve missed pretty much this entire month. We’re going to try again between now and the middle of October and then swap manuscripts to look at each other’s work.

Both October and November will be busy months, but I’m determined to find a rhythm that works to fitting in work, writing, editing, blogging, reading… and whatever else I do in my life.

Plus, even though November is NaNo, I only have two full weeks of work due to voting, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. So I’ll definitely take advantage of those days and there’s always the weekends.

I just hope that I can remain focused on those ideas.

Have you started thinking about NaNoWriMo yet? Let me know in the comments!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

25 thoughts on “Thinking Ahead

  1. Good luck! I may not particpate in NaNo this year. I’m feeling really overwhelmed and ditching all my writing to write a novel doesn’t seem to be worth it. Unless I fit in NaNo with everything else, which means writing more than 50 000 words – hmmmm.

    Hope all goes well with your projects and finishing those manuscripts!

    1. Thank you! I should be skipping NaNo this year, but I just can’t bare to miss a session, lol. It’s so motivating, too. So I thought why not kill two birds with one stone? Bang out 50k words worth of stories for the blog.

  2. So… I hand wrote this entire blog post about my thoughts of doing NaNoWriMo (not doing it, but what I’m going to be working on. Yeesh! Get it together, Skye!), but since writing it, I’ve changed my mind a couple of times about what I want to do. At least I have another month to think about it. I’ll keep my options open for now. 😉

      1. Since there’s 8 projects I want to finish by the end of next year, I was thinking of tackling one of them, but creating a poll and letting others choose which one. Another thing I thought about doing was short stories. I liked doing that challenge where I wrote a short story a week, which later became “Short Story Smash”, and I’ve recently had someone ask if I was planning on doing another. Part of me has been debating doing it again, but for NaNo. I have enough short story ideas, prompts, and now I have Rory’s Story Cubes. Woot! Plenty of material to work with. Decisions. Decisions.

      2. Wow, you do have a lot of decisions! Are you leaning towards any one particular project? Or are you just coming up in the air about it? I know I get like that when I have a ton of projects to work on.
        Also, those story cubes are fun. I don’t have them, but the kids I used to babysit did. I remember she and her friends played with them at her birthday party. They took turns rolling the dice and then adding to a story. It was cute and fun.

      3. Those are the stories I’ve started over the past three or so years and just haven’t finished. Some are almost finished (or at least halfway), while others I’ve only really started putting a dent into. Either way, part of me wants to work on them because my goal is to get more of my started stuff COMPLETE by the end of next year. Not really leaning toward any project though. Just have a desire to get more finished.

        At the same time, I’m itching to work on something new. Especially since Florence Comic-Con, where someone asked me if I was planning on doing another short story collection.

      4. Oh, that makes sense. I have a ton of pieces that I’ve started and haven’t finished. That’s partly why I just want to focus on two novels for now and then go from there, lol.
        Well, something might jump out at you soon enough. Until then, put them all in the hat and pick at random. 😉

  3. Good luck with NaNo – I can never do November because Nov-Dec are my busiest months – family stuff and travel. We are still green here, flowers in bloom – it will be a late fall for sure.

  4. How interesting! What good plans you have. Just keep yourself open to be sidetracked by something wonderful if it should pop up! How smart to take on your Sunday stories and kill two birds with one stone.

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