NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNo begins in two days! Two! Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo 2018 has come up so fast that I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m usually more prepared but this year is different. I know what I’ll be working on and it’s nothing new, which is usually what I try to do.

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The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to spend a month writing 50,000 words and just getting the basic bare bones of a first draft of a novel on paper. The challenge is also to start something new. You can prep, but you can’t do any writing until midnight November 1 and you keep writing bit by bit each day until the end of the month. I always try to start something new, but I haven’t the past couple of years. I have so many projects that I don’t want to bury myself deeper.

This makes me a NaNo Rebel.

I don’t mind though. The point is to finish something (or start something) and to make progress. Any progress is progress, no matter what you’re working on or how far along you are in it. Or eve how far you manage to get in a certain amount of time.

So, here’s what I’m working on this year.

Short Story Sunday 2019

I write my short stories in advance for my Sunday blog posts. I usually write them during a Camp NaNo session (because, as I said, I try to start a brand new novel each November). I didn’t work on next year’s stories though during April or July… I don’t know why. I honestly can’t remember what I worked on instead.

Still, I’m going to work on these quick flash fiction pieces throughout the month and get the majority, if not all, of 2019 written. It’s 52 stories. I’ve done it in a month before, I can do it again. I’ve already gotten all the prompts and the layouts down. I just need to write the stories.

Sunday Morning

Speaking of my Short Story Sunday, I’ll also be working on Sunday Morning. I have another round of edits to get through as well as publishing duties to do. Again, unless it’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I try not to edit. But this is something I need to get done sooner rather than later.

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George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I won’t be working on this one as much or as hard as I probably should. However, the other two projects are going to take priority. I’ll still give this one a bit of attention though. You can be sure of that.

What are you writing for NaNo this year? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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16 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018

    • NaNo doesn’t work for some people, but we all work in different ways. Thanks! 🙂
      What will you be working on this month?

  1. I did five Nanos and they were great experiences. But this year, it doesn’t work for me, both due to my contract schedule, and because of the political situation. Instead, I’m doing Women Write Change ( I’m revising a controversial project that my current publisher is interested in (it was praised for its writing, but I was told that “women’s rage makes readers uncomfortable.” Too damn bad). I’m also working on an anti-gun violence stage play, and a couple of short stories. While trying to stay on track with the book that just released, and the two set to release in the coming months. Busy time, but the right kind of busy!

    • Busy is right! Good for you. 🙂
      And no, women’s rage is fine. Some readers are more comfortable than others, sure, but you can’t put a general bracket over “readers.”

  2. I’m writing my first non-fanfiction novel!

    I’ve tried writing a non-fanfiction novel before and failed. This year, I have the whole outline done and my characters are having conversations together in my head, so I think I’m going to be able to do it!

    • You don’t need to write 50,000 words to succeed. Any progress is progress. As long as you’re satisfied with what you accomplish, I could that as a win. 🙂

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