Some people might think it’s a bit early to be thinking about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which occurs in November, but that’s the downside of being a planner. If I’m going to finish the first draft of a novel in November without ‘writing too much’ i.e. stressing my body, I need to start a month or two earlier, i.e. in September. To start writing, I need a complete outline. So I should be starting that, like now.
I don’t want to work on my outline now for something I’m supposed to write in November. But I like focusing on writing new stuff in November. So my idea is to work on the outline in November this year.
Not sure when I’ll write the novel, maybe next November. Perhaps I can iterate over a novel and write it over the course of three years at a sensible pace. Maybe. We’ll see.
I have a few ideas for the novel–it’s going to be the fourth book in my French series. I know one of the character’s conflicts, need to figure out the other main character’s issues. And when in the book’s universe the next book starts. Book one to two had a four month gap. Then book two to three had no gap. I’d like to skip some of the slow stuff, but June is a lovely time to be in Paris.
But I have the whole Summer and Much of fall to ponder these things. I don’t need to have a certain amount done by a certain point in time. That’s the beauty of this idea. I can even figure out the title.