NaNoWriMo Prep Rally!


It’s that time again folks. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known, is around the corner, peeping back at us from beyond the weekend. 50,000 words of first draft in 30 fun-filled days.

It can be a time of wild desperation for some, unbridled imagination for others. For me, it’s a bit of both.

People have been planning, strategising, outlining – some plot every single step of the way. Others don’t. But everyone preps in some fashion, even if it’s only in stolen thoughts of the month to come, thinking, Wow, I should have done more prep by now…

Either way, when the flag falls, I’ll be there. I’ve finished (and therefore won!) three years in a row. This will be my fourth endeavour.

It’s such a good time for me creatively. Watching a graph of your word count take on the ideal diagonal line is a statistical carrot on a stick (/whip) that drives me to succeed. It makes me prioritise my writing and rally with other authors doing the same. Everyone’s on the same side with a common goal, cheering one another on. No one wants anyone else to fail and you don’t win over the fallen carcasses of your foes, so it’s a special kind of competition with a special place in my heart. Like craps.

Publishing The Night Butterflies came out of my first NaNo skirmish, and this year I’m going to complete the first draft of the final book in my fantasy trilogy in progress, The Luminosa. There is so much work to do when the month is done, but that month is so important. It’s a battle cry that echoes through infinite fictional worlds as well as this one, and sets the intent for success.

So wish me luck! And good luck to you if you have a book of your own to bring home this November – be bold! I’ll see you on the battlefield…

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Prep Rally!

    1. Sara Litchfield Post author

      That’s brilliant! I hope it works well for you! Good luck with it 🙂 I’m enjoying the nervously-anticipatory calm before the storm right now!

  1. Tam Francis

    I’m trying NaNo again–won twice before–but this year I’m working a full-time job and am curious if I can knock out 50K and work full time. I tried to outline and have a few destinations on my road map, but I just couldn’t seem to figure out an outline.

    Oh, and did I mention I’m trying to launch (publish) the second book in my Jitterbug Dress series.

    I wish you the very best of luck! Go get ’em!

    1. Sara Litchfield Post author

      Best of luck to you too! That’s awesome about the sequel 🙂 Hope it’s not too much working and making the count… I’ve already failed at outlining in advance another year in a row – so here I am winging it again!


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