Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2021: A Satement of Intent

I’m going to write a book! One of the many things I tell myself I’m going to do, but don’t. This one stands out a little more than the rest though since I found out about the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). A challange I have tried and failed for the last five years.

You know how some people define insanity as trying the same thing over and over again, but expecng different results? That’s me. I’ve been what the community would call a “pantser” someone who has some vague idea, a main character, or even just an opening line, and then, when November 1st rolls around, goes full steam ahead hoping for the best and seeing what happens. It might work for some people, but it isn’t doing me any favors. Failure to prepare, it would seem, really is preparing to fail.

Clearly I’m not a Panser, and I’m done half arsing my approach to writing. This year I’ve decided to shed my pantser ways and become a planner! A planners knows what their novel is going to be about BEFORE November 1st. They know who their characters are, what their settings will be, how things will work, and what the pace will be etc. That’s the piece of mind I would like to have when writing, and NaNoWriMo has just the thing with their own NaNo Prep 101 guide.

Over the next six weeks, while I work through NaNoWriMo’s prep exercises, I want to take it an extra step by documenting my progress each week leading up to November. That is why I have written this post. As well as acting as a means of holding myself accountable, I would like to show my journey on what I hope will be becoming a better writer, and an author.

And I may or may not be trying to kill two birds with one stone by starting a blog.

Well, here goes nothing! Wish me luck!

Did you know about NaNoWriMo before reading this? Have you ever taken part? If so are you a pantser or a planner? Leave a comment and let me know.