In years past, when I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I would get so tired of hearing about it. Maybe I just felt left out: all these people all over the world working apart-yet-together on this massive goal. I didn’t have the time for it. I didn’t want to work to someone else’s schedule, for heaven’s sake. I didn’t need the artificial encouragement. I found hundreds of reasons not to participate… and then last year, due to a little nudge from my long-time writing friend Amanda Davis, I decided to take a stab at it.
I had so much fun. That’s why I’m prepping for this year’s round of NaNo. My checklist so far:
- Pick a genre – check
- Pick a title – check
- Come up with a vague concept for a storyline – check
- Come up with a vague backstory for the protagonist – check
- Come up with a vague backstory for the other main character – check
- Start researching – check
Things left to do:
- Outline the plot arc
- Come up with the secondary complication
- Decide how this is going to play out
- Name the characters
I’m coming clean with things here. I’ve been very vocal about being completely done with paranormal stories, particularly paranormal romances. Yet here I am thinking of writing a sort of romance with a paranormal slant to it. What can I say? Never say never!
Which of you are going to participate in NaNoWriMo next month? I’m myself over there. If you’d like to be writing buddies, I will be extremely encouraging. If that’s something you need, don’t hesitate to add me.