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Inkcouragement: NaNoWriMo 2018 Has Begun!

... and FYA will be chronicling it every step of the way!

Inkcouragement: NaNoWriMo 2018 Has Begun!

It's November, so y'all know what that means: holy crap, the year's almost over?! NaNoWriMo is officially underway! And this year, I'll be DOING. THE. THING. Or attempting to, anyway, for the very first time!

It's probably been over a decade since I've written fiction -- aside from FYA Cover Stories, of course -- and I decided to do NaNoWriMo and came up with an idea literally four days ago, so this is not the most thought-out plan AT ALL. (Although that does add an extra layer to the challenge for a total planner like me.)

My overall goal is to juuuuust finish. (Heck, every day that I don't abandon this will count as a win.) And also to post weekly check-ins here starting next Friday, both to keep myself accountable and to see how y'all are doing!

As I'm about to embark on my very first NaNoWriMo, here's a peek into my totally chill and not at all panicky thought process:

•  The more YA I read, the more I've learned how extremely difficult it is to write a good novel (and thus why I've never tried to do so before). But I'm not trying to write a good novel at this point -- just a novel. 

•  1,667 words isn't that much; I easily surpass that in texts/emails/DMs every day!

•  Maybe I can aim to write a scene every day! But omggggg, I can't think of 30 scenes for my novel, wtf.

•  It's so, so important that I don't let myself procrastinate. I need to avoid distractions and also the temptation to research a million different things.

-  For example, I've already barred myself from Googling names for characters. Everyone's going to get a Disney placeholder name for now. (Although I did stumble on names for the main characters, so that's allowed since I didn't have to waste precious writing time.)

•  JUST WRITE; DON'T EDIT. Which is going to be a change of pace from how I normally write for FYA, but my top priority here's going to be MAKING THAT WORD COUNT.

•  In the same vein, there's actually a big chance that I might end up writing scenes for a completely separate novel. (My NaNo project has some overlap with another idea that I've been pondering for a while, so I can't help thinking about what should ultimately go where.) But WHATEVS, JUST WRITE.

•  Right now, I have the general premise and the main characters mostly figured out. (To be accurate: the love interest more than the main character, WHOOPS.) I'll definitely plan more along the way, but I'm not going to let myself do so until after I surpass the target word count for the day.

•  ... That being said, I still somehow managed to fill 8 pages with notes in these past couple of days. Can't fight my planning nature!

Need help kickstarting your own NaNo project? Here are some of the greatest pep talks and words of wisdom from our Inkcouragement writing series:

•  How to build a world: fantasy, contemporary, and historical

•  Editing: Don't worry, your novel will undergo so many changes by the time it's published!

•  Which is why you shouldn't worry about being perfect.

•  You might need to murder your darlings, figuratively and literally.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Have you ever done (and won) in the past? Do you have a plan, or are you winging it? And do you wanna be NaNo friends?!?!? (I have no idea what that does, but here's my very sparse profile anyway.) Let's dish in the comments!

Next check-in: November 9th

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.