Writing update: My 2022 Nanowrimo Plans

Hello and happy Halloween! I had a really good day, and I went trick or treating with some friends which was super fun. Since tomorrow is November 1st, that means that Nanowrimo starts very soon, and I can’t wait! This is my third November participating in Nanowrimo, and its always so much fun. Today, I’m excited to talk all about the book I’m going to be writing this coming November!

Nanowrimo stands for national novel writing month, and takes place during the month of November when writers attempt to write a novel, or 50,000 words, in a month. The organization also has other big events throughout the year, like camp nano in April and July! Nanowrimo has amazing community of writers from all around the world, and it’s a great organization!

The book that I will be working on:

The book that I’m going to work on is called The Locksmith’s Society for Children of Pirates, and I’ve been thinking about ideas for it for a while, so I’m very excited to get started on a rough draft!

Here is a little synopsis that I’ve written out for it:

Lavinia Lowell is a lovely girl: she lives in the flourishing late 17th century American Colonies, and was raised by her grandparents. They took her in after her mom died of the scarlet fever when she was just an infant.

But her mom didn’t die of scarlet fever. Her mom isn’t really dead. Her mom is a pirate. Lavinia just doesn’t know it yet.

The Locksmith’s Society for Children of Pirates knows it though, and when they track down Lavinia, both she and the Society, will be changed forever.

Lavinia is forced to reckon with the truths of what this new identity means, and she spirals into crisis. It’s yet another persona that others want her to become, and she’s done with letting others tell her who she’s supposed to be. In an attempt at self discovery, Lavinia falls even further, and as she goes down, she’ll bring everyone with her.

The Locksmith’s Society for Children of Pirates is a YA historical fiction novel about a teenage girl who lives with her grandparents in colonial America. When she’s tracked down by a society who tells her that her mom was a pirate, she discovers a ton of secrets, and has a bunch of adventures that follow!

I don’t have a super specific outline planned right now, and it’s honestly much less planning than I’d thought I’d have done by now. But I have a general idea for the story, and I think it’ll go well!! My plot might change dramatically halfway through, but I’m really just writing a very rough draft, so my main thing is just to get lots of words out.

My goals for the month:

My main goal for nanowrimo, as always, is to write 50,000 words in the month. Since that is a lot, I mostly just want to write a little every day!!

I’m going to do my very best to write 50,000 words, and to get as much done on my rough draft for this book as possible. I do have a lot of other things going on however, with school and dance and everything, so I’m not sure how much time I’m going to end up having.

So I’ll be trying for the whole 50,000 words, and at minimum, I want to write a couple hundred words each day!

My plans for getting there:

I’m going to try and write a little been in the morning a couple times a week, getting up a bit earlier since I usually work really well during the mornings. I’ll also spend some time each week during lunch writing. I go to my school’s library a lot when I don’t have anything else to do, and that will be helpful to get a little more writing done every day!

Mostly, I’m just going to try to be very organized with my time so I have as much time for writing as possible, even if its in 10 minute chunks scattered through my day.


Wrapping this up:

This is a relatively short post, but I’ll definitely do a nanowrimo check in at the end of the month to update you all on how it went!! I hope you all had a good October, and that you all have a lovely November. Good luck to anyone else participating in Nanowrimo!!

Are you doing nanowrimo this November? Do you have any writing projects you’re working on right now? Chat with me in the comments below!

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