How did it get to be October again? At the beginning of this year, I decided I would finally, finally! finish one of my previous National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) novels. (NaNo, is for those not aware of this craziness, where you write 50,000 words in November.)

It’s October, where the plotters are brainstorming, researching, and outlining, to whatever degree they do so, and the pantsers are probably thinking about what they want to write. I plot, because otherwise it’s easy to write myself into a corner. I can do a short story by the seat of my pants, but anything complicated and I start forgetting important details, like what time of year it is in the story, or what hair color a character has.

(And I find research and world building enjoyable, which is why I write so much fantasy. You get to make the rules.)

It’s October, and I have 65,000 words–a mere 14,000 more from last November. So, in a last-ditch effort, I’m trying to plan one story and finish the other. This should be exciting!

Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Have you written to “The End” or gotten distracted like me?

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

8 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’ve done NaNo several times, and it taught me two important lessons:
    1 – I can write way faster than I ever suspected.
    2 – Writing by the seat of my pants doesn’t work for me.

  2. Kristi says:

    I’ve have varying success with finishing what I start during NaNo. At the end of 2013’s NaNo, I had 90k words of a novel, which I added another 15k to and finished in February. The next year was the first time I wrote an entire novel from start to finish during NaNo. This year, I will just be happy to write the standard 50k (the year I wrote the entire thing, I came in at 100k words), due to being a bit busier in my life than I was during my most prolific years, whether the story is finished or not.

    Good luck on your endeavors, both this month and next!

  3. I feel your pain. Where did October creep up from? Last year I gave up really early on thinking, next year I will prep and do things, and here I am again, no idea and no idea for an idea. Sigh!
    I hope you make some good progress this year 😀

    • Thanks!
      If you need an idea, maybe brainstorming will help? Think about the kinds of stories you like to write, the kinds of characters you like to write about–jot all the things down, and see if there’s a gem in there. Or something might go together, even! Good luck!

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