It’s November 1 and we all know what that means!! It’s NaNo time! There will no long speeches of intent this year. There will be no super involved and complicated schedules and trackers this year. No, this year I plan to simply do it.
To. Do. It.
What is it, you may ask. Well, this year, “it” for me is to, at bare minimum, loosely outline a new 3 book paranormal/urban fantasy (can’t decide which right now) series and to get started on the rough draft of the first book in this series.These are lofty, but doable goals for me this year. And to help ensure my success, I have some tools handy.
First up, this super cute NaNo tracker from Kara over at Boho Berry. One thing I’ve discovered this summer while I was working my way back to writing, is that colorful and stress free creative exercises prime my mind to actually be productive when I sit down to either write or do author goals. To that extent, water painting, doodling, coloring, free writing, or fun list making do the trick for me.
Kara made this really cool tracker and has it available as a free download on her site. The graph really appeals to the analyst in me. I really need to see the numbers and my progress daily and weekly and this allows me have that info but without a spreadsheet or a computer program. Also, Kara include a cute book shelf with 30 books on it. I plan to color in 1 book for each day that I spend with my butt in the chair working on my NaNo goals. This is an easy, unobtrusive way for me to view my stats and get my mind freeing exercises done each day.
Secondly, I am currently taking Mary Buckham’s Power Plotting workshop. I was lucky enough to win participation in this workshop from the Moonlight and Magnolias conference last month. Plotting really is one of my weaknesses, so taking this workshop as I am plotting out my new series has been beneficial. It’s a lot of work to keep up in the workshop and write, but its the path I must take if I am to achieve the goals I’ve laid out for myself.
And lastly, I have me. Yes, I have my own determination, grit, and accountability working in my favor. I’ve taken a bit of a break from the creative side of my writing over the last few years, but the timing feels right for me to get back to it now. I have several stories that I need to tell and there is no time like now to do it.
For all those doing NaNo this year, I wish you good luck and happy writing!! Feel free to add me as a buddy, I’m listed as La-Tessa.