Here we go! I'm actually SO excited for NaNoWriMo this year because I wrote 50,000 words last year and completed what ended up being the first half of my novel To The Ends of This Dead World. It was amazing! I've been in the habit of writing every day for the last month or so, so this doesn't feel super daunting.
Through NaNoWriMo, I've found that I definitely write more authentically when I'm pantsing it. I used to be a planner - like a hardcore planner. Before I even wrote a single word, I outlined the entire story. I outlined every scene and thought of everything I could beforehand. But I ended up hating everything at the end. I hated my characters, I hated the plot and everything felt forced. I was forcing my characters into what I wanted them to be and this is going to sound so crazy but now - I let my characters do what they want.
I realize that I'm the writer but my characters are their own people too. I definitely know them best so every day when I sit down to write, I just write what comes naturally - directed by my characters and what they would do. Not what I would do.
It's amazing because I'm a little obsessed with my novel TTEOTDW. Like, I love it so much! That's a new feeling for me because I'm really self critical of my writing (aren't we all?) but I think it's because I didn't outline anything. I didn't really have any idea of how I wanted it to end, I just started with a word prompt and went from there. CRAZY, right?
And I'm doing the same thing this year!
This is my book cover for NaNoWriMo 2017!
My novel this year is called When Jaybird Went Missing and I'm going back to my roots and writing crime fiction. I'm in love with all things crime and have been since forever. It's probably because I used to spend hours in front of the TV with my Mom watching Law & Order. I'm excited to see what the next month brings for my novel.