Ready, Set...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Tomorrow is the official start of National Novel Writing Month!!

Are we all ready?

No? Me neither. But I am further than I thought I'd be. I have a basic plot outline and today I'll be working on expanding it to add more detail. While making jack o' lantern pizzas and Halloween sugar cookies and getting the kids dressed and going trick or treating... It is going to be a long day.

I started working on the outline earlier, but haven't gotten far. I had to get showered and get to the hospital for my pre-op appointment. I wish I could've spent all day at home, but sadly I also had to get copies made and go grocery shopping before I could go home and start the rest of the day's work.

The pizza dough is currently rising and the butter softening for the cookies. And I'm sat outside the school waiting for Hunter and praying the rain will let up so we can go trick or treating. There's a giant rain cloud hanging over us. I really hope it moves on before six.

Back to NaNo... I'm looking forward to starting my writing. Instead of looking at a daily word count, I've decided to look at scenes. I'm the type of person who has to finish a scene in one session. I really can't leave it once I get the momentum going.

I also decided to schedule my weeks as 5 days instead of 7 to give me a little wiggle room. So 7 scenes a week will put me at the 50k for the month, but it will leave me about 2 scenes shy of finishing. That's no worry, though. If I get that far I figure 2 scenes will be a breeze!

My only worry is when I'll be able to write. I don't really have the kind of family that I can tell about this and expect any support. The kids are too young to understand and since DH still can't find work (damn recession & redundancy), he's got bigger things on his mind.

Add to that the fact that Baby Bug has officially given up sleep and I may not survive this first week! But I'm going to try my hardest. Lots of coffee!! I'll pull out the caffeine tablets if necessary and I'll make adjustments in other areas of my life. For example, I made the decision not to do any articles today do I can get the outline sorted and still have a fun night with the family.

If you are doing NaNo, do you have a schedule or a system? I'd love to hear about it. I'd also love to hear tales from years passed, since it's my first time.

Happy writing and Happy Halloween !

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