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October 26, 2016 @ 10:04 pm

NaNoWriMo, Here I Come Again!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens every November!

nanowrimoparticipationI originally participated in NaNoWriMo from 2004 through 2010, when I lived in Florida, winning 2008, 2009, and 2010.

In 2011, I moved to New Jersey! From early 2011 until some time in the late summer of 2016, it felt as if we lived through a series of back-to-back life events that took up so much time and energy that participating in NaNoWriMo really wasn’t a realistic option.

I missed it, though. Oh, how I missed it. NaNo had become a part of who I am. Even during the years I didn’t participate, the desire never left. Each year, as the cooler weather would begin to show hints of returning, as most people would probably start thinking about Halloween and fall leaves and hot cider and pumpkin-spice flavored .
. . well . . . everything, my head immediately went to thoughts of plot-building and write-ins and brainstorming and hanging out on the NaNoWriMo forums.

And finally, I made the decision to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016!

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participantI’m using Scrivener now, and I’ve spent some time learning the basics of how to use it. I’ve got my characters loosely sketched out and I’ve been working on getting to know them a bit each day. I’ve been making notes and doing a bit of preliminary research on pieces of the story. I have the first chapter loosely outlined. I’ve come up with a few fun ideas for a couple characters’ backstories. I even have a couple ideas for snacks to have while I’m writing. (Snacks are a little tricky with the diet Wife and I have been following since April. I’ll be blogging about that soon.)

I joined a local writers’ group and have gone to a couple meetings so far. I’ve met a few others who are doing NaNo, so when I go to the kick-off party and write-ins, I won’t feel like a complete and total stranger.

I think I’m pretty much ready for November 1st!


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