NaNoWriMo Research List
NaNoWriMo Research List
NaNoWriMo Research List
NaNoWriMo Research List

Tackling NaNoWriMo

I’ve secured a spot in the great National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) race this year. I discovered it just a little too late last time around. Not that I would have been successful in attempting it anyway. I’m still not sure how well I’ll do this year, but I’m definitely more prepared to face the beast.  If you’ve also decided that November is a great month to lose your mind, please feel free to ‘buddy’ up with beatbox32.

I spent the last week just brainstorming story ideas, finally narrowing them down to two that I really liked. I chose the one I kept thinking most about and yesterday, I started working on the basics — character sketches, setting sketches, and drawing up a basic research list (see below for a teaser).

NaNoWriMo Research List
Love that Evernote!

Looking forward to producing some pages this time around!

-Phillip

0 thoughts on “Tackling NaNoWriMo

  1. Never heard of it before… but signed up now (as Novelistidea). I haven’t had a chance to sit down and actually write over the last few months so this will be a good excuse to get some writing time.

    1. Glad to hear it might be just the kick you needed to get writing again. I think it will be the same for me. I’ve been writing, but it’s been pretty unfocused. It’s time I take yet another attempt at a novel. I’ve had several false starts, but I’ve found that with each one, I get further and further!

  2. Cool. I guess we won’t see you much around the blogging world in Nov, eh? Quite a few people are getting in on the NaNoWriMo. Its gonna be quiet around here in a few more weeks. Heh. Best of luck! If the Ancient Near East is something you are thinking about, feel free to hit me up for research questions. I guess if I have an area of “specialty” that would probably be it–more Mesopotamia than the Levant, but I’m familiar with the region.

    1. Haha. Yes, I suspect my blogging will be pretty minimal come November. But I hope to have plenty to talk about afterward. Glad to hear you have some expertise in the Ancient Near East. A little casual reading convinced me it would be a fun setting for my story. If I eventually get this thing hammered out into something resembling a novel, maybe I can bribe you to be a beta reader? What’s your poison?

      1. Sounds good to me! Just let me know.

  3. I love Nano! I’ve done it a few times. Wish I was as far forward as you with the planning though: 24 days to sort it… (I’m Raich on the Nano site).

    1. Thanks for buddying up Raich! Seeing as you succeeded in 2010, I don’t think you’ll have any problems pulling it off. 🙂

    1. Thanks Josh! I’m taking all these well wishes and putting them in a jar. I’m sure I’ll need to pull them out quite often.

      1. Somewhere around the 2 week mark 🙂

  4. You can do it! If I can, anyone can! Enjoy the ride!

  5. Hey, good luck! I’ll be in the NaNo pool next year (I hope).

    1. Thanks M.E.! I can already tell it’s going to be tough going with a lot going on at my day job in November, but I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I can’t win if I don’t try!

  6. I would have enjoyed participating but the final revision of House of Piecemeal is due on the 26th. Best of fruits of labor to you.

    1. Thanks J. R. It sounds like you’re way ahead of the game with having some material to revise, so I think skipping NaNoWriMo is probably the right way to go. I hope that by the end of November, I will have something of my own to meticulously rewrite.

      Are you publishing House of Piecemeal through a traditional publisher? Just curious because of the deadline. I remember reading on your blog awhile back about choosing to self-publish.

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