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  • Writer's pictureLori DiAnni

Are You Prepping for NaNoWriMo?

Now that we're half-way through the month of October, also known as Preptober for writers who are doing NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd share a post on how much prepping I've actually done so far. I've been doing NaNoWriMo for 8 years now and won in 2018. Writing 50K words without a plan is tough, really tough, and I decided I wasn't going to do that again. This time I was going to plan and plan right.

I decided on the story I would write which was easy since I'm writing a series. I already knew who my characters would be, but didn't have actual character sheets and really didn't know much about them. I knew the setting and the basic concept but needed to work on it a bit more. So, here I am, heading into the third week and I'm still working on the Goal, Motivation and Conflict. It's been frustrating at times, but I want to have a scene by scene outline before I start writing. So, that's what I'm going to work on for the next two weeks.

Some of you who may know me through Instagram will probably remember that I was working on Sweet Christmas Joy, Book One of the Riverton Romance series, but I had to put that one on the back burner because there was no way I could get it completed and self-published before Christmas of this year as I had originally planned. So Book One will now be Book 4 in the series and will hopefully be published by Christmas of 2021. And Book Two, Dancing in the Grass, will now be Book One.

I'm excited to get this book written, and hoping to have it published in March or April of 2021. The total word count will be around 75K so if I can get 50K written in November then I only have half that amount to write (25K) in December. Here's hoping, with fingers crossed, that I get this done.

So, if you're doing NaNo, I wish you luck!

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