Preptober: Commitment Issues

Da-Da-Da-Daaaa!!! I have finally decided which idea I’m going to be settling down with this November.

Who was worried I wasn’t going to pick one in time?

I wasn’t worried!

Who said I was worried?

No, but really though. I wasn’t too worried. I’ve pantsed my way through NaNoWriMo before and I could do it again if I had to.

But I don’t have to so let’s talk about the next step!

I have my idea: I’m writing a paranormal romance (must be the Halloween spirit that has taken over me). It will include several of my favorite story elements including unlikely romance, protective families, a two-person love triangle, and of course, paranormal romance.

I have a 7-point plot structure that may very likely change over the course of October. And I have my two main characters though I don’t know much about them yet. I’ll probably start fleshing them out next before I work on the plot or world-building.

I feel good about having taken this step. I think one of the keys to winning NaNoWriMo—one that we don’t really talk about enough—is just committing to this challenge. Commit to the challenge. Commit to the book. Commit to yourself as a writer. Writing a novel is hard enough on in its own; Trying to do it with one foot out the door is nearly impossible.

Now that I know this is what I’m writing, I can give it all my focus and I have to say, that feels pretty good.

Have you committed to your novel for November, yet?

I hope you’re all having a wonderful and productive Preptober.

Thanks for reading!

Published by Robin J

I’m an aspiring novelist who hasn’t quite figured out this whole writing thing. I’ve been scribbling down stories since I was a little kid, but only dared to dream that I could write something worth reading as I became an adult. At 33, I still feel like I have a lot of progress to make before I’m ready to try publishing, but I’m getting better every day. Typically I write Fantasy (of both the Adult and YA varieties), but I have dipped my toe in Romance and Sci-Fi. When coming up with a story to write, all I care about is that the plot grabs my attention and the characters tug at my heartstrings. The genre is an afterthought. I tend to set myself lofty goals. Mostly I fail, but occasionally I surprise myself and succeed. Either way, I enjoy being pushed beyond the limits of what I thought I could do. That’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with the Milwordy challenge. I may or may not reach the full million words, but I know I’m going to learn a lot along the way. I hope you will, too!

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