Writer’s Corner: Countdown to Nanowrimo 2018

It’s August and I’m already dreaming about November…  which is understandably a weird thing to say. Nothing ever happens in November, so what could I possibly be looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to a month of blood, tears, herbal tea, emotionally charged playlists, and late night writing sessions. A month of second guessing myself, wondering if I’ve completely lost my mind, and throwing a ton of scrap paper in the bin. If this is how you’ll also be spending your November, you probably know where I’m going with this.

For those of you out-of-the-loop, NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) is an international month-long writing spree for anyone, anywhere who feels like they have a story inside them. Participants are given a goal of 50,000 words for the month of November which works out to about 1667 words a day. At its core, the goal of Nanowrimo is to write that novel you’ve been dreaming about for the past 5 years. It’s a community-driven personal achievement that turns everyone into writing fiends for 30 days and connects you with a diverse group of writers worldwide. So basically, Nanowrimo is the best thing ever.

Could I write any other time of the year? Yes. And I do. HOWEVER. Knowing that there are hundreds of thousands of other people staying up late with a caffeine drip right along with you is so overwhelmingly powerful that after only participating in a single Nanowrimo (in 2017) I caught the bug. So here I am, in August, with Nanowrimo jitters.

I missed the boat with Camp Nanowrimo (which runs in the summer with a shorter word count) due to work and wedding planning, so I’m starting to develop an outline for my November novel starting now. Last year I wrote an urban fantasy/weird fiction novel about a couple who find the sarcophagus of a missing ancient Egyptian princess under their home. It was filled with conspiracies and bizarre gods and all that fun stuff. I had a blast writing it and I will likely return to it in the future, but for now, I want to try something new.

This year, because I’m falling deeply in love with Pillars of the Earth, I want to write a historical fiction novel. I studied English medieval architecture and sculpture for graduate school and wrote my Master’s thesis on cathedral architecture in the southwest of England during the early 13th century… so time to put that knowledge to use! And because my supervisor probably wouldn’t have been thrilled (or passed me), I’m taking this opportunity to add magic into the mix. But who knows, I still have a few months of planning so this idea might be quickly replaced with something else. The joys of being indecisive.

So this is mostly a post to let you all know that I will be blogging about Nanowrimo including all of the prep (because I am absolutely not a panster) leading up to and during November. These posts will only be once in a blue moon, as I’m mostly here to chat about books. But writing is obviously something else I love to do, so Nanowrimo chats will be making their way into some of my weekly posts as November draws near.

If you want to be my writing buddy on the Nanowrimo site feel free to send me a request! I’m decently active on the Nanowrimo forums during November, especially for word wars,  and I’d love to meet other writers to cry and cheer with during November.

Are you looking forward to this year’s Nanowrimo? Have you started planning as well or are you going to wing it on November 1? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Writer’s Corner: Countdown to Nanowrimo 2018

  1. Sammie says:

    Ah, I remember my NaNo days fondly, although, I gave it up while in college and haven’t looked back because the style just doesn’t work for me, especially that time of year. Camp NaNo, now, I love because there’s still the camaraderie vibe, but there’s less pressure and it takes place at a better time of year for me. 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you come up with for NaNo, and best of luck in participating!

  2. A Storm Of Pages says:

    Ugh, I haven’t done NaNo in forever! I tend to take my holidays in November due to how busy work gets in the summer, and this year is no different. With two weeks actually away from home I don’t think I’d get much writing done, so this year looks like another bust. Best of luck to you though, and it’d be very interesting to see your prep and plans. I love Pillars of the Earth so intrigued to see what you’ll be going with!

    • Ashley says:

      Totally understand! November is such a funny time for Nano to be held, it’s honestly the most inconvenient time of year for so many people!

      And thank you! I’ve already changed my novel plans (that only took a couple weeks), now I’m thinking something more scifi oriented? This is why I never complete a project haha.

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