NaNoWriMo 2016: Goals

I’ve decided to partipate in NaNoWriMo again this year! I took part and won in 2011 and 2012, and tried again in 2015, but I was so swamped with university work that I didn’t get much done. Now that I’ve graduated and finished my YA fantasy Realm of Ruin (which I’ve been querying, yay!) I’d like to start drafting something new. November seems like the ideal time. I was hesitant at first because although I have enjoyed NaNoWriMo in the past, Camp NaNo is much more my thing as I like to set my own pace and often don’t enjoy the speed and pressure associated with November. But… I really wanted to challenge myself this year as I’ve been in a bit of a motivation slump since graduating. So I’m going for it.

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I already have my outline for my new project which I’ve been plotting and musing over for the last couple of months. The working title is The First Beast and it’s another YA fantasy, this time set in a Japan-inspired kingdom, which I’m so excited about! If you read my previous blog post you’ll know I visited Japan in August. I’ve always loved the culture, and when I visited I really wanted to pay tribute to the country in my fiction. For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a fantasy based on Japanese mythology, so the magical elements are going to be inspired by that. I’ve even made a bullet journal, inspired by this blog post. It’s been great fun and I have lists of characters, places, and key events I’d like to cover.

I have quite a few goals for NaNo this year and I’m determined to stay organised and achieve them! Here’s what’s on my list:

1. Write 50,000 words. Duh! I imagine my story will end up around 90,000, maybe more, but it’s a good start!

2. Blog about my progress.

3. Participate on the forums. Without procrastinating, ha…

4. Schedule my writing around my freelancing work. I need to make sure I allow time for both during my day.

5. Take time to read, too. I don’t want to neglect reading, either, so I really want to make time for it.

Also, this isn’t really a goal, but ideally I’d like to visit libraries or coffee shops to work. I think this will really help as I’ll be free from the distractions that come with working from home.

So those are my NaNoWriMo goals! I’m really looking forward to it as I haven’t participated properly for four years, and I love the atmosphere and community. If you want to add me as a buddy, here’s my (rather ancient) profile.

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