I have underestimated three things in my life.
- One: My driver’s licence test. Turns out you actually have to know how to drive. Let’s just say I did it more than once.
- Two: Any diet I have ever been on.
- Three: NaNoWriMo. Seriously, this one kicked my butt all the way to Christmas and back.
What you will notice is that my suggestions were valid, but perhaps not as concrete as they could have been. I faded in week two, granted at the end, but fade I did. Anyone who has done NaNo before will warn you about the notorious week two. Anyhow, this year my preparation will be better. As I mentioned I cannot write without direction and research shows your chances of finishing increase with planning.
Before the first of November, I plan to have done the following:
- Identify my antagonist and my protagonist. Write bios for each.
- Identify the protagonist's friend and love interest. Write bios for each. This will help with sub-plot development.
- For 50 000 words, I need around 40 scenes. I will plot as many as I can.
- Make my writing appointments for November. Put it in my calendar. Make it official.
- Finish as much writing work as I can before the month starts. If you are planning to enter any of the short story competitions that are due in November make sure they have been submitted before the first. November is a busy month for writing.
Write your heart out, but do not underestimate this project. Ignore all the planning if it is working, but go back when you are stuck. Good luck and start planning now.
(P.S. You can still earn how to write a novel first, on our Writers Write course on Saturdays in October.)
by Mia Botha
Mia Botha facilitates for Writers Write. She is also a novelist, a ghost writer, and the winner of the Mills&Boon Voice of Africa Competition. When she isn’t writing, she is the mother of two children and the wife of a very lucky man. Follow Mia on Pinterest and Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter
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