Gearing up for Nanowrimo 2012

What I will be doing 1-30 November…

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I’ve been gabbing about Nanowrimo for a while. For the uninitiated, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s like a big love-in for writers–we all become maniacs together and try to write 50,000+-word novels in 30 days. Now, granted, it’s become international–people around the world participate in Nanowrimo–but the name remains the same. And every year, there are people who frown upon Nanowrimo or who don’t see the point in doing Nanowrimo if the participant isn’t “serious about writing”. Sometimes I read these posts; often I ignore them. I don’t really care if someone else thinks Nanowrimo is stupid. I think Spinning is stupid but I don’t try to dissuade others who love it from doing it. Just don’t try to force me into a Spinning class with you. 😉

Many years, I’ve tried to finish Nanowrimo by being a “pantser”–one of those people who write without an outline, with no clear idea of where they want their story to go, they just write and let the words come to them. I only succeeded in that once and even then I finished one day late. Last year, I wrote a pretty detailed outline–though initially I’d planned on only writing a 3-sentence per chapter outline–and I finished early.

This year, I have an outline–not as detailed as last years but enough to keep me on track. My story is set in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Later this week, I’ll update my Nanowrimo page here on kimtalksbooks with a blurb so you’ll know what my story is going to be about. I’ve already posted a link on Facebook to my Nanowrimo 2012 Spotify playlist. If you’re interested in hearing what’s inspiring my writing this year, here’s the link. And just like last year, I’ll post a few excerpts so you can see what I’ve been working on and keep you updated on my progress. 🙂 If I can figure out how to upload my word count wideget, I’ll add that too.

November 1 can’t get here fast enough…:)