The Hours Are Ticking Down

As I write this, just after midnight and a few minutes into Halloween here in the Seattle area, NaNoWriMo is less than a day away. I've been scurrying along the past couple of weeks trying to make sure I would be ready, and apart from the thing that matters most — the story I plan to write — I think I'm sort of ready. I re-read the book for which I will be writing the prequel, and I created a blank project on Penflip to hold my novel. Now I just need to figure out what I'm actually going to write! Read on for a little more about my NaNo prep and plans.

I'm going to keep this short because I still have a lot to do before November begins, but here's a brief overview of what I've done and what I'm planning to do:

  • Read my old, not-yet-published fantasy novel for which this project will be the prequel (done)
  • Take notes about historical comments made in the first novel (done)
  • Familiarize myself with Penflip, including git access for mobile writing (done)
  • Create an empty project on Penflip for my new NaNo novel (done)
  • Get caught up on work responsibilities so I can focus heavily on NaNoWriMo for about one week (mostly done)
  • Draw map for parts of the world not yet mapped (not done)
  • Sketch out basic storyline & cast of characters (not done)

I still have time, although with my daughters coming home to celebrate Halloween with us, and of course having trick-or-treaters showing up in the evening, I don't expect to be able to focus much. If I don't get the story planning done before November begins, I'll get started writing anyway, and then fill things in as I go.

For now... back to work. Wait, no, it's after midnight. Maybe some sleep would be a good idea!

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