Nano Prep // 2017

Na no wri mo

So. . . Ummm. . . I didn’t do a whole lot of prep. With the impending book release, formatting, editing, reformatting again and again, I haven’t really had the time. And both of the projects that I plan on working on are ones that I already have the outline put together for so. . .

Outlines: CHECK!

I am super excited to get started, but scared at the same time. I have never done a “legit” NaNoWriMo. I just played along with everyone else by picking my own goal and shooting for that versus the whole 50k thing. *freaks out* This will definitely be a test in endurance, and work ethic. I have a life outside of writing so this will be tricky to finagle. Between a part time job, working for myself and consistent custom sewing work that comes in, and THEN TRYING TO ADD WRITING into it. Well, let’s just say I am worried I won’t finish, but I am going to do everything in my power to make it happen.

Will power: CHECK!

I am also excited that I have a new tool to help me in my endeavors this year. The Neo, keyboard, electronic typewriter thing is going to be super helpful in reaching those word counts. I am hoping anyway. I have always hand-written projects, despite the fact that I am a very fast typer (wpm). It has just always been what is comfortable for me. So, hopefully I can be as creative with this baby as I can with a pen and paper. Which I will also be using a lot as well.

Tools: CHECK!

The two things I am going to be working on are very exciting to me. I have had to take a break due to a wedding in our lives and a crazy summer in general, but I am so excited to get back to Shadows in London. The sequel to my beloved first-born. I started that one in notebooks, so I plan on finishing that with pen and paper. 7 pages a day will put me at my goal of 2,000 words per day.

Second Project is something completely new and something that I haven’t talked about a lot. It is a modern suspense and definitely something different for me. (hence the reason I have been reading a lot of suspense lately, which you would have noticed if you follow me on goodreads.) Anyhoo, I am thinking I will probably pull together a synopsis to share with you all in the upcoming weeks as I scramble for blog posts in addition to my 2000 words a day. But for now, think small rural town, corrupt leadership, and a broken-hearted neighbor. *grins gleefully* Try not to die of suspense until I get you a synopsis.

Projects: CHECK!

Alas, but the one thing I am woefully unprepared for is the whole writing food thing. *bangs head on table* I love candy (specifically chocolate) as much as the rest of them, but I really shouldn’t consume that much. Especially since I am trying to get back to super healthy eating. Perhaps I can pick myself up some sugar free treats and make myself some goodies for emergencies. I also love some good drinks to consume while I am writing. Almost more so than Candy. Between Tea, Coffee, and some fruity/fizzy concoctions of my own, I should be good. Oh, and I also need candles. With the lights turned low, my soundtracks playing in my ears and the candles flickering, the ambiance helps me focus.

Supplies: Sorta check.

Also unfortunately. . . My headphones bit the dust. I seriously NEED to replace those before NaNo. Music is the lifeblood of my writing. It truly is. Soundtracks galore. If you don’t know what I am talking about, just listen to some Hans Zimmer and then we’ll talk. *nods knowingly*

Music/Headphones: NEED

Alrighty then, I think that pretty much sums everything up!

OH! I got this super cool calendar tracking thing because I wanted something a little more professional than just writing it down in the back of my notebook. Now I can keep this in my binder and fill it out as the weeks go by. It was $3 on Etsy and I was glad I bought it. It is adorable and functional, I look forward to using it this month! You can find it here! The shop owner also has some other designs that are super cute as well!

Nanowrimo word tracker 2017 v4

 

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are your projects?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

5 thoughts on “Nano Prep // 2017

  1. That’s awesome, Victoria! Sounds like you’re very nearly all set! I can’t wait to watch how NaNo goes for you – you’ve got this, and you’ll do awesome! 😀

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  2. Yay for NaNo!!! 🙂 I’m doing it for the very first time this year, and I am very excited! 🙂 I’m also excited for Shadows and your other project. 🙂 This should be a very busy month. 😉

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  3. I have two words for people participating in the official 50k Nano: Y’all crazy. 😛

    I’m kidding, of course. 😉 You all are very brave and dedicated to make such an attempt, but it is dedinitely not for me. Try me when Camp Nano rolls around again. That’s much more manageable for this girl. 😉 Wishing you the best in your Nano quest, Victoria! (Hey, that rhymed!)

    Headphones and music are essential for my writing focus, too! If you should find yourself looking for any new music to mix things up, there are four very pretty video game soundtracks I’ve been listening to lately that you might like: “Child of Light” “Ori and the Blind Forest” “Unravel” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn”. “Ori” and “Unravel” probably have the most calming music all the way through. “Child of Light” has very violin based music that reminds me a lot of Lindsey Stirling. ❤ And "Horizon Zero Dawn" is the longest and has a great combination of pretty and energetic/dramatic tracks, so it's great if you need something to listen to while you write an action sequence. 😉

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