NaNoWriMo’s Eve

It’s the night before NaNoWriMo and I’m pumped. After last year, which was my first attempt at NNWM and my first fail, I was determined that this year I would try something different and see if I could combine a little plotting with my usual pantser- flying by the seat of my pants – style.

I’ve always been a diehard pantser, but this month I’ve inhaled a whole lot of YouTube channels that feature plotting, specifically learning how to use the three act storytelling method. I watched Sarra Barron and Abbie Emmons and downloaded their free files to print out and fill in, and I think I’ve got it. At least enough of a framework to maybe make this my best first draft to date.

I used to write two thousand words a day, but it’s been a while since I did that. According to Sarra Barron’s math’s (thankyou!) I’ll need to write 1785 words a day for the twenty eight days I have available in order to make the 50 000 word goal. Another way I’m looking at it is that I will need to do one hundred writing sprints of twenty minutes to produce the 50 000 words. Piece of cake. I have a surgery on the twenty fourth of November, so I hope that only takes me out for two days. Am I dreaming? Maybe, and so I will be trying to lay down as many words from the first to the twenty third as I possibly can.

I’m going to try to write a blog post every day, even if it’s just a short one to gloat about my success or wail about my failure. Maybe once it is written and rewritten a dozen times and edited and proofread I’ll even publish this one? Wish me luck.

Here’s a link to one of the Sarra Barron videos that I watched, and here’s a link to one of the Abbie Emmons videos.


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