I’m a NaNoWriMo Virgin

Yes, I’m about to write a love story set in 1943, no it won’t have a dog in it (I don’t think).

It’s true.  I’ve never done NaNoWriMo before and this year I’ve signed up and I’m super excited about it.  The reason I decided to do it was for one reason, and one reason only – it sounded like fun.

What could be more exhilarating than sitting down every day to write a story?

Now I have no illusions that whatever I write during next month will be any good (but perhaps I’ll surprise myself anyway), but who cares.  It will be FUN.

I think I’ve prepared adequately, I’ve done my outline (I even purchased a brand new pretty notepad to do so) and have written the basic plot points I want to cover and a rough guide to where everything goes in the story.  I know most of the characters names (except the male love interest whose name I can’t seem to figure out yet), and how they relate to each other.

It’ll be set in 1943 so I’ve done some research on music, food, clothing etc of that era.

I even purchased Chris Baty’s ‘No Plot No Problem’ (he’s the founder of NaNo) which I’ll be reading alongside the challenge each day.

So I’m as prepared as I can be.  Or at least I think I am.  I’m a  NaNo newbie remember?

And of course if it’s anything like the novel I’ve just finished (yes I really did finish my zombie novel – yah me – it’s currently with my editor) I know that nothing ever goes to plan and characters seem to have a mind of their own.  So really how prepared can you be?

There’s only a week to go and I can’t wait!

Who’s with me?


  1. says

    I haven’t done a lick of writing in October, and most of September… it’s made me mad… been so busy trying to get this site off the ground. I have been mentally writing my next book… I have a pretty good ideas of the direction I want to go and the stops along the way… Now it’s just a matter of carving out time to do it.

    It won’t be fiction though. =) That’s definitely not me!

    • Tracey says

      I haven’t done any real writing for two weeks now because I didn’t want to start anything new before NaNo and I’m getting antsy too. But you really should try fiction – it’s just making stuff up – how much fun is that! (I never thought I’d be able to write fiction and thought I was just a non-fiction author too, but now I’m hooked).

      t :)

      • says

        In the book I am reading now, some of the stuff they write, I am left flabbergasted… “How do they even think of this stuff?”

        Definitely not for me!

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