October is here and that means NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. The last several months ran by so fast they were a blur. My baby is now a toddler, summer is over, and the days are getting much shorter. It's dark by 7:45 now and the days are even getting chilly. We are actually getting a fall here in Utah. Half the time it's ninety degrees one day and forty degrees the next.
I love fall. It means school is back in session and we all stocked up on school supplies while they were on sale, right? Fall also means it's time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo. I used to say I was a pantser, and I have tried that a couple of times. But it's time to get serious. I started the year out serious and then got derailed during the summer. There is no time for regret or shame, however. There is only the future and that means we need to keep moving forward.
This year for NaNo I am pulling out an old Camp NaNovel. I wrote a superhero story. I'm not a big fan of superheroes, especially with all the hype about them these days. But I really enjoyed writing this story. The characters were fun enough that I visited a couple of them again in a short story I wrote for one of my creative writing classes in college. So I'm pulling them back up to the plate for another chance at bat because what's more American than baseball and superheroes? This time I'm hoping to avoid the most cliche of cliche storylines, while still staying within the expectations of the genre.
My story is a little more X-men than Superman, but I still think it's a fun original idea (in my limited knowledge of superheroes) and whether it ever gets published or not, I'm hoping it will help pull me out of my funk and get me writing again on a regular basis.
Plus I'm hoping my office will finally be finished by the end of October or beginning of November, so I'll be able to shut the door and lock my husband and toddler out while I'm writing. We'll see if that actually happens. Sheetrocking and mudding and taping has been taking a while since my husband is tired after he gets off work and doesn't want to work on finishing my room. Keep your fingers crossed. I'm crossing everything down to my toes.
What are you doing to prepare for NaNoWriMo? Are you a plantser too? Or you do you swing more to one side than the other?
Keep on creating and I'll see you in November!
K. A. Jairl
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.