It’s that time of year. I’m sipping tea out of a giant owl mug and I’m getting ready for my first November participating in National Novel Writing Month!
When I was in school, my English department used to run a version of NaNoWriMo during the summer, because as college students we were usually too busy in November. This year, though, I’m excited to be joining the scores of writers hunkered down over their manuscripts in November.
I’m spending the last days of October putting the finishing touches on my outline and fleshing out some characters. But I’m keeping this planning stage brief. I’ve got a vague, big picture idea for this novel, but really my only goal is to write (something) every day.
I bought myself a brand-new 3-subject notebook, and I’m planning on taking the old fashioned pen-to-paper approach. I get distracted way too easily on the computer. Writing by hand keeps me focused on writing forward rather than putting down a sentence or two and immediately jumping into edit mode.
Because I plan to do the majority of my writing by hand, I’m not sure how consistent I’ll be about updating my word count. Still, I’d love to connect with other writers who are taking on this challenge. My username over on the NaNoWriMo site is Ashley E. Simon – feel free to add me as a buddy.