November 1 is the kickoff to National Novel Writing Month. Once more, authors and wannabes pledge to write 50,000 words. Why wouldn’t I succumb to temptation? Despite lacking a specific story idea, an outline, and no clue for the main character, I am all in. I am committed to composing 1,667 daily words. I am embracing full pantsing mode and working without a net. But it doesn’t mean I lack a strategy for winning.
I discovered Reverse NaNo. This format front-loads the word count, seizing the excitement inherent at the start of a new project. Day One requires 3,346 words with falling requirements on successive days. By November 15, the halfway point, I have fewer than the prescribed minimum to add. On the thirtieth, I need a single word to achieve the goal. The second tactic I am adopting is banishing my inner critic and revoking her permission to intervene. Editing comes later, and I want to capitalize on the joy of exploring the story in my head.
I am very excited about this method and eager to try it. Life drama intervened last year, leaving me with random days where I couldn’t reach my target. Making up a missed day was difficult. But this approach, with a declining word count, should make staying even feel less daunting. I’m planning a good night’s sleep before hitting the keyboard.
Are you taking part in NaNo?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer