NaNoWriMo: preparation time

November is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for another National Novel Writing Month. Many of you have stuck around to watch my journey over the past two NaNoWriMos, where I completed the quest for 50k words. You may have also watched me win July Camp NaNo 2014 and fail miserably at July Camp NaNo 2015.

As if it were possible I have become even more critical of my writing. I have also become more creative. When those two forces meet, it’s hell.

I’ve been writing the same novel for the past two years. I started the novel in 2009 or 2010, but I scrapped it when I only wrote 60 or so pages in my notebook. I came back to the story for NaNoWriMo 2013 with new characters and a slightly different plot. I succeeded in writing the first half. I rewrote that first half for Camp NaNo and started the second half for NaNoWriMo 2014, where I managed to get 50k more words, ending up with like 111k when I combined both my edit and my second half. The problem was that it needed editing and it still wasn’t done.

So, I tried to rewrite it again for Camp NaNo and failed. I just kind of gave up on my new plot and I wasn’t sure how much of the original story I was going to keep. I spent a week in August writing up a new plot and characters, even changing the name of my novel from Prophecy of Euphinor to A Clash of Crimson. Everything was going well, and then I shelved it. I got busy and let writing slip my mind to focus on work and college.

Well, I’m back and ready to put this new plot into action.

The new plot is very complex and it will involve some new writing choices. Before the novel was told in third person, but it focused 80% of the time on Arrellinor Sharp and 20% of the time on Austrevur the wizard. Now, the cast is larger and many of those characters get chapters of their own.

I still haven’t finalized the new plot, so on Sunday I started to world build again and wrote page 1 of my story bible. I also joined the brand new writing club at my college called The Inkslingers Writers Coalition or something like that, which focuses heavily on surviving NaNo.

I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Who else is participating in NaNoWriMo? How are you guys faring?


Author: Chase Charaba

Hello there! I'm Chase, an ambitious, aspiring young novelist and YouTuber who hopes to get a novel published one day. I'm also trying to produce the highest quality YouTube videos by constantly learning new ways to film and edit. I've been involved in journalism for 5 years, including 1 year as co-editor of a national award-winning high school newsmagazine and 1 year as the co-editor of an award-winning college newspaper. I write mainly epic/high fantasy, but I also mess around with science fiction, horror, and realistic fiction.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: preparation time”

    1. Yes! NaNoWriMo is a great experience. I didn’t think I would be able to do it when I signed up in 2013. I started on Day 3 and I was behind schedule every day until November 28th, which is when I bounded ahead and finished early. Even if you don’t write 50k you will still have the motivation to write something.


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