I’m getting ready! This year, my plot arrived early, coming in a dream in early September and I am developing it through a series of exercises. I will actually have an OUTLINE this year! That means that for the first time in four years of NaNo, I am a Planner, not a Pantser.
In NaNo lingo, a Pantser is a writer who just plunges in with a vague (or no!) idea of where they are going, and writes 50,000 words to find out what happens. I have done this several times – let the process lead me, and enjoyed the wild ride. But apparently this year, my Muse has other ideas.
I do appreciate the chance to plan in advance, because I love researching, which is time consuming, and that can eat a lot of time in November that I should spend generating text.
How Many Pages is That?
Speaking of Word Count, important for NaNo writers since it’s how we measure our success, here’s a definition from Howard Community College Library:
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page.
Good to know! 50k words is roughly a 100 page novel.
So, I have been working my way through this Prep List from Write On Sister! and I will tell you more about that tomorrow.