National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is still a few weeks away. So why am I starting to get ready for it now? I’ve NaNoWriMo with no preparation. I’ve done it with extensive preparation. This year it’s going to fall somewhere in between and I have to get it done.
This year’s NaNo project is the concluding novel in the Double Helix:Chameleon series. I’m going to have to tie up most of the loose ends from the previous four books. Which means I need to finish the draft of the fourth book before November!
I also need to figure out the major points and end game for the loose outline I use to guide me. I didn’t do that for book four which is why the draft doesn’t have an end yet.
I’m going to be instructing new hires at work and mentoring two new instructors. That means I’ll have less time to write than I have in previous years. It’s going to be different than in the previous years I’ve done NaNoWriMo.
Then there’s the publishing side to take into account. Book 1 should be published wide before NaNoWriMo. I’m not publishing anything in November. I’m not that crazy. But Book 2 is scheduled for December. And Books 3 and 4 are scheduled for first quarter of 2020.
So I have serious work to do, both before and during November. I need to plan for it. It’s not going to be easy, but that’s why I’m starting now. I’m getting a list of tasks together and breaking them down to manageable bits and pieces. I’ll let you know how it works out.