NaNoWriMo 2019 – The Goal, The Plan, The Anxiety

Hello, hello, writer bees.

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. And although I’m a bit nervous, I accept this intimidating challenge. I wanted to share with you guys my hopes and my game plan for National Novel Writing Month.

The Goal

Okay. My goal isn’t the traditional 50k in November. Currently, my draft is hovering around 20,000 words. And it’s looking pretty rough. It’s a rough rough draft. So for NaNoWriMo 2019, my word count goal is 40,000 words, making for a total of 60,000 words.

Frankly, my real goal is to write more often. Daily, if possible. Even if it’s just small increments everyday. Unfortunately, my WIP has been simmering on the back burner for too long. I want my humble little draft to take one step closer to becoming a full fledged manuscript. That’s how I want to finish NaNoWriMo this year.

Planning and Prepping

So, considering my goal, I figure that averages about 10,000 words a week. That’s possible, right? The skeleton of the story is there, scenes just need to be bumped up or added. I’m working on an outline as I write this post, but am open to new ideas that come along during the writing process. I guess that makes me a plantser? Half planning, half “winging it”. Hopefully, I can scrape something together before November starts.

Part of my prepping involves looking back at my previous NaNoWriMo experience. Learning from past mistakes. Taking my own advice. I acknowledge my weak points as a writer and I’m trying to push through them. Like writing without editing or deleting scares me. That’s one obstacle I’ve struggled to jump over.

Right now, I’m stressing a bit and waiting for the NaNoWriMo excitement to fully kick in. Imagine that nervous feeling before jumping off the high diving board. That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. What if I run out of ideas and my writing fizzles out? And maybe it’s just me, but it seems like everyone else is having fun prepping with their neat, organized outlines and I’m over here with my ugly baby of a draft. Seriously? However, I’m working on staying optimistic. Perhaps we can polish up this draft, it’s worth a shot.

What’s Happening on Lady Jabberwocky?

Glad you asked! During this November, I will be posting weekly updates on Fridays/Saturdays. That way, you all can follow my NaNoWriMo adventure. I really do want to put in the effort this year. So, I hope you guys come along for the NaNoWriMo ride with me.

Thank you guys for your support and lovely comments. Best of luck to all those participating in National Novel Writing Month.

Lady Jabberwocky

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Third Times the Charm? – Signing Up for NaNoWriMo Again

Hello writer bees!

Time flies so quickly and it’s already October! And I’ve only just started to think about NaNoWriMo. Geez, I’m behind. Honestly, I wasn’t sure If I should, or even could, participate in NaNoWriMo this year. The last two tries ended in “failure“.

Frankly speaking, I’ve been distant with my WIP as of late. Life and freelancing get so busy and drafts get put on the back burner. I want to change that.

I have to get back in touch with my characters. I want fall in love with the setting again. I want to add more to the story and create something special. That’s my plan for October and NaNoWriMo.

I don’t know what my word count goal for the month of November will be yet. Maybe 30,000? Maybe the big 50,000? The basic skeleton of a plot is mostly done, hovering at around 20,000 words. Perhaps my goal should just be to write everyday, even if it’s a small amount.

Sounds like I’m just convincing myself to commit to NaNoWriMo this year. My boyfriend said “What’s the worse that could happen? You write words?” Thank you, handsome voice of reason. And who knows? Maybe third times the charm.

What do you guys think? What should my word count goal be? How are you guys planning for NaNoWriMo? Would you be interested in my weekly updates during November? Tell me everything in the comments. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

– Lady Jabberwocky

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The Writers are Weird Tag

Hey Writer Bugs? You know what I haven’t done in awhile? A good ol’ tag.

Found this one on Jane Ridgewood‘s blog. Be sure to check her out!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?


01. Do you have bizarre internet searches? (if so, what’s the weirdest one?)

I mean, my WIP centers around a freakshow, so I’ve researched quite a bit on “circus freaks”, people born with abnormalities and showcased for profit. That’s the very definition of weird. Also, since I’m writing a murder mystery, I’ve had to search stuff about drowned victims and murder investigations during the 1920s. That’s sort of creepy and gorey. Thank goodness for private tabs, am I right?

02. Do you write people you know and dislike into your story as villains or dumb people to kill off?

Noooo, I would never. Well, there was this one time…. But no, I typically don’t use names of people I dislike in my stories. Frankly, I never found satisfaction from purposely killing off characters. That’s just me, though.

03. Does personal hygiene sometimes come second to writing?

Sometimes. Let’s be real here, this lady sometimes looks a tree monster. My greasy hair is always tied in a messy bun. In my defense, I’m a freelance writer that works from home. So I’m basically one of those disheveled hermits that writes all day. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves , writer bugs.

04. Do you go on baby name websites to help you name your characters?

OMG! I thought I was the only one who did that. Actually, those baby name websites are super helpful for naming characters. If I need a name with certain letters or of certain origin, those sites are my go to. It only gets awkward when the pop up window appears, asking if I’d like to track my pregnancy. I’m not pregnant, just searching for names for my fictional babies, that’s all, don’t mind me.

05. Do you have a list of actors and actresses that would play your characters if there was an adaptation made?

Pretty sure I’ve answered this question in my WIP tag. I don’t have an entire cast list in my head, I’m not that meticulous. However, I do think Andrew Garfield would be perfect for the role of Oscar Fitzgerald, the narrator. I always imagine Oscar with a cocky smirk on his face, and that actor fits the bill. Still, it’s strange to think of a film adaptation when I’m still in the drafting process. Wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself.

06. Have you ever stared at a stranger because they look like one of your characters?

No? But sometimes, I stare at strangers and wonder what kind of character they’d be. Ad that’s probably worse. Oh! I just remembered! My detective is an older gentleman with a bad limp and he walks with a cane. When I was riding the subway to college, I would watch elderly men with walking sticks and see how they moved. How they sat down, got up from their seat, and how they teetered around with a cane. It actually helped me work out the detective’s physicality.

07. Do you talk to yourself to help work through scenes? (if so, where do you talk to yourself?)

I tend to write out ideas on sticky notes. That’s just an easy way to unravel my thoughts. Just jotting quick notes down and sticking them up on the wall works for me. Post-it notes are everywhere though.

Also, talking to my boyfriend about my ideas allows me to work out my thoughts out loud. He’s not a writer, but he has an interesting viewpoint on stories and storytelling. Sometimes, you need the perspective of a reader/viewer, and not another writer.

08. While writing, do you make the expressions your characters are making?

Yes and I probably look like a crazy person. Especially when I’m writing a scene of conflict. Like if my characters are angry or upset, my face pinches in a scowl or a frown. Plus, I’m pretty sure I mouth lines of dialogue to myself. That’s when you know you’re really focused and invested in a scene. (Or you’ve completely lost your mind as a writer.)

09. Do you ever practice answering interview questions in case you “make it big?”

Yes, as embarrassing as that is to say. Although, my goal isn’t to “make it big”, it’s to published a book, no matter it’s success. Sometimes I’m nervous talking in front of people, words get jumbled in my mouth. I’m working on it, okay? But yeah, I’ve prepared some eloquent answers if ever I get interviewed by Oprah.

10. Do you have a soundtrack and/or playlists for your book or scenes from your book?

No, don’t think so. Should I have one?


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Thanks for two wonderful years on WordPress, writer bees!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky