I already have a novel. I don’t want to write my next one in a month because I don’t think it will turn out as well as I want it to. So I’m giving myself a different sort of goal for November, albeit related to novels and writing.

By the end of the month, I want to have 30 writing-related actions completed. They may not all be writing. It could be working on an outline, writing a query letter, researching agents, editing my current work, and I’m even going to include imaginative story-building in there although it’s a bit of a cheat because most of my waking hours are consumed by my imagination anyway. But on days where I’m on a plane for 7 hours, that might be all I can accomplish. And I’m hoping that some days I can do two or three different tasks so I can take a break here and there.

Once a week or so I’ll post what I’ve done, for accountability’s sake, and hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have a nice list of accomplishments, ’cause I’m sure doing squat right now. Time to get back on the horse, and there’s nothing better for that than a NaNo challenge. And good luck to everyone that’s participating this month!


~ by Nicole Bross on October 31, 2012.

3 Responses to “NaNotQuiteANovel”

  1. That’s a wonderful idea, I love it.

  2. […] so much writing to do and I’m not getting it done, so… modified NaNoWriMo. Kind of like this. It’s going to be half academics (finish two 10-page papers in a month! Be ahead of the […]

  3. I’m a big fan of incremental goals. Fifteen minutes today, ten minutes tomorrow, outlining, researching, editing, whatever. In the end it all pays off, even if it seems slow-going at times. Good on ya for getting the most out of November the best way you can.

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