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Saturday, October 31, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 plan

NaNoWriMo 2015 is nearly upon us! Here's my plan, including posting my progress.

First, I should point out that I changed my novel. I have had an idea in my head for a couple of years now, for a sci-fi novel about answering Enrico Fermi's famous "Where is everybody?" question. A while ago I created a pretty detailed outline for it, then set it aside. I tried to resurrect it as a short story a few months ago, and decided to wait, and now I'm glad I did.

With that in mind, I went ahead and switched. And the outline for it is quite detailed, although still somewhat incomplete (there are a couple of parts with just chapter names, for example), so that will definitely help. Daily, I plan to spend the first 2 hours of my day writing, setting those aside for me to be neck-deep in Scrivener in full-screen mode. That may not be long enough, so I also plan to spend an hour before bed. We'll see how that goes.

The plan is to aim for 1,750 words/day, with a daily minimum of 1,667. Sundays will be "makeup" days; if there are any days during a week I was short, I'll aim to make up for it on Sunday.

I have my calendar ready (for a really nice one, check out Dave Seah's excellent NaNoWriMo 2015 calendar), and posted near my desk.

I will post daily word count updates to my NaNoWriMo profile and probably Twitter, with weekly updates to all my social media accounts, probably on Sundays. (That may change, depending on the integrations available through the website!)

I am nervous, but as ready as I can be, I think!

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