Getting ready for NaNo 2015

It is already the middle of October...my email and Facebook are filling up with "Are you ready for NaNo?" (For those of you who are blissfully unaware, NaNo, or National Novel Writing Month, is where people such as myself write 50,000 words in 30 Days to have a pretty solid first draft when November is done). I can definitively say YES!!!! I am ready.

How do I know I am ready, you ask? Well...well let me tell you.
  1. Writing/accountability partner -- CHECK
Now some of you may be wondering why I put this first instead of, say #3, and I will smile and pat your head (metaphorically). Yes, of course, having a story idea is necessary, but I have tons of those...what makes NaNo successful is having someone to push/pull/eat with you to keep you on track. Someone you can share ideas with and brainstorm and "what the hell am I going to do next in this story" with...Lisa Mandina is mine, so go find your own.

2. Writing times -- CHECK

You may think it is easy to write 50K in 30D? That's 1,667 a day. With a full-time job. And a part-time job. And other projects that care more about getting finished than my NaNo word count. I struggle with this. So there are times dedicated just for NaNo every day in November (yes, my calendar is color coded)...some blocks scheduled with my aforementioned Writing/Accountability partner and some just to make sure I make daily progress on my NaNo story. Maybe I don't hit my 1,667 every single day...maybe I do more days than I don't, but the time is set aside to give myself the best chance possible.

3. A solid story idea -- CHECK

My idea for NaNo 2015 came from a single image when I went to the pool when I visited my dad and stepmom in Florida in February (it's okay MidWest friends, it was hard for me to put "pool" and "February" together too). Two girls, about the age of 8 or 9 (as much as I know about such things), held hands when they jumped into the deep end and from that, the entire story was born and I wasn't even questioned or arrested for staring at the two girls while the whole novel played out in my head.