Writing update: Preparing for my first NaNoWriMo!

So, it is almost the end of October, which means that it is almost time for NaNoWriMo! I thought that I’d do a post before I start saying a little about my project, my goals for the months, and that sort of stuff!

What my novel is going to be about:

The book that I’m going to write this November is about a teenage girl named Seph who is a book blogger! It starts in late fall of 2019, and takes place over the course of the next year, so until fall of 2020. It’s going to be a YA or middle grade contemporary, and I’m really excited for it!

I want to write this because I’ve wanted some way to reflect on what’s happened in the world, and also to talk about stuff like the coronavirus, the Black lives matter movement, and the election from the perspective of a kid going through all this.

Because I’m going to talk a lot about current events at the time, my writing is definitely going to influenced by what happens on November 3rd, the US election. If it goes well, maybe that will motivate me to write more. If it doesn’t, who knows. But I’ll try my best no matter what!

More on the book, it’s going to be written in 3rd person from Seph’s perspective, and is going to follow most of her seventh grade year, the summer of 2020, and the beginning of her 8th grade year. Seph meets and becomes friends with a girl named Clo, and the book is basically the story of their friendship!

I also mentioned above that Seph is a book blogger, and I decided to make her one because it’s fun, and why not? I also have some ideas for how I’m going to do that, and how I’m going to put little snippets of her blog posts into the book.

I have some more ideas that I’m not going to write down right now, because that would take a while, but this is the main idea of it!


My goals for the month:

Because I am not an adult, and am writing through the young writers site, I get to choose my own word count goal, which is a relief because I seriously doubt that I could find the time to write 50 thousand words in a month. But I still want to do something that challenges me, and that will be enough to form a good first draft, my goal for the month is 30 thousand words.

My other main goal is to actually finish the first draft. I really want to actually get to the end, and write all of the parts of the book. I’m going to do my best to not have a perfectly polished first draft, but to just get through it, and finish. Writing endings is something I’ve always struggled with, but I’m going to do my best this month to work past that.

My last goal is to write every single day. I know that for me personally, if I don’t write one day it will probably spiral into me not writing for a week and falling really behind in everything. So I’m going to try and write some every day.


Wrapping up:

I’m really happy with the project I’m choosing to work on, and I’m so excited to do NaNoWriMo for the very first time!! I’m going to do my best to reach the three main goals I set, and I do think that although they will be challenging they’re more or less manageable for me.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done it in the past? Chat with me in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Writing update: Preparing for my first NaNoWriMo!

  1. I’ve never done it before, but I think I’m going to give it a shot this year!! I don’t think I could write 50,000 words so I’m going to aim for 30,000 and just get a first draft down!! Best of luck!

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