My NaNoWriMo 2020 Journey So Far!

Something different! It’s November and if I was better at planning I would’ve posted this in October, but it’s fine, NaNo is all about chaos.

If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where you are challenged with writing 50,000 words in one month. You have to write about 1,667 words a day to hit that.

In past years, I have utterly failed NaNo and Camp NaNo, barely hitting 1,000 words. The closest I ever got was 2017, where I wrote fanfic and wrote a little over 25,000 words. This year because this is my first academic year not being in school, I have more hope.

And my word count shows it! I’m at 10,317 as of writing this, which is way better than I was in 2017.

But what am I writing about? Good question. My project is an older middle grade/yougner YA Halloween adventure. The main character is a 14 year old enby person who hates Halloween, but has to take their little sister trick-or-treating. Their friends decide to join them, because they do like Halloween. As the night goes on, there’s clearly something up with how this suburban neighborhood celebrates. Featuring magical woods and portals to different dimensions, this book takes place in the span of one day.

It’s weird using a comp that you haven’t seen before, but think Halloweentown X Stranger Things.

Usually I’m a planner, with an outline for most if not all of the story. I went into this idea with vague points I wanted to hit. I realized very quickly that it was a bad idea as I didn’t have a firm grip on the plot of characters… which, granted, is most of the story, but I had the vibes down.

So my slapstick solution with the plot… Well, I don’t have that all settled yet. I’m thinking something with the dimensions intersecting when they shouldn’t, but it’s hard to have this set in the suburbs where there’s not like a convenient library they can go to.

The character problem was a little easier to fix. I did so by assigning each character a role with the “5 Man Band” archetype; Leader, Lancer, Smart guy, Big guy, and Heart. Are my characters being a little flat? Yes, but at least they have personality.

My one goal for this year’s NaNo is finishing a draft. It’s kind of embarrassing, but I’ve never finished a draft that wasn’t over 5k words. I want to prove to myself that I can in fact finish something I don’t really have plans for getting this published, as I clearly need more experience under my belt and also that a 14 year old protagonist is considered “weird” in the publishing world.

My biggest worry is this story doesn’t have 50k words in it, which is fine, but I want that shiny “NaNo Winner” badge. If I finish the draft in under 50k words, I’ll probably write some short stories and keep adding onto the tracker until I hit 50k.

If you want to keep up with my progress, here is my NaNoWriMo profile and here is my thread of answers to LGBTQWRiMo questions!

Are you participating in NaNo this year? Do you want to hear more about me and writing? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo 2020 Journey So Far!

  1. It’s day 8 and I’m sitting sitting at less than 3k words. It always frustrates me how busy Nov is for no reason between the holidays and now with a clingy toddler lol. I started a novel with no idea where I was going but driven by trying to let something go; it took a super interesting turn but yet… still under 3k. I probably won’t get to 50k this year but maybe this will be the book I continue after Nov.

    Best of luck on your goal!

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