Preparing for NaNo

Oct 23, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So...did you look at your calendar, realize November is NEXT week and squeal like I did? November means warm clothes and football and hot cocoa and all those good things...but to some writers...November means NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (or NaNo) is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is 50K in 30D (that's 50,000 words in 30 days...which averages out to about 1667 a day). It is a beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating, challenge and I have participated in it since 2012 when I had Redeeming Trust as my novel challenge. I did not let myself even think about any other projects and the end result was a writer's block around chapter 12 that I could not break and lost all kinds of time.

2013 was First Down which started off my Lucky Charms series. I let myself play with other things and focused primarily on my novel about Josh and Dillon and, of course, Lilly. It was a good time and I had a lot of success with it.

2014 was Driven West which is my first branch into the mystery genre. It is the novel I am now editing and will have out (hopefully) by the end of the year.

2015 was Don't Let Go, a story inspired by a trip to visit my dad and step-mom in Florida which had 2 young girls holding hands and jumping in the deep end of the pool.

2016 was Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. This one was a challenge because it was non-fiction and I was still teaching, so it was too hard to write about leaving when I hadn't yet left. I got about halfway through the challenge, but some of the scars were too fresh and tears were still too close. It will be out in 2018.

And then this year. It will be a story I didn't know I wanted to write until I knew I had to write it. Quarterfinals will finish out the Lucky Charms series and give JD, the Super Fan who started it all...his own story...with a soccer player.

NaNo starts next week. I need to get my outline ready!!!! I need to find my wrist brace. I need to figure out why I thought it was a good idea to move November 3rd...