NaNoWriMo: The Plan

This year’s NaNo is going to be different than the others. I don’t have a whole month of no academics. On the contrary, because of the accident and the protests, during November I will be writing two 5,000 word essays, catching up with a ton of translation, writing two tests, and hopefully making good progress on my 15,000 word thesis. The amount of work I have to do is pretty real, but with good time management I can definitely do it.

So although I kind of mentioned it in my previous post, here is my plan:
-5k+ a day after the 1st
-a grand total of 200k in November.

I don’t know if that will happen (I’m not counting my essays and thesis), but I’m going to do my best!

My project this year is a giant, sprawling science fiction novel called The Riverside. It’s sort of a cross between The Matrix and Interstellar, so we’ll see how that goes…I’ve never written science fiction before. If it completely fails and I get bored with it, I also have a few other backup projects I can work on, most of which are high fantasy. I just kind of wanted to break out of my comfort zone this year and try something new, but I think it’s good to have a fall back haha. There are also two romance novels thrown in the mix, so basically we’ll see what happens as the month progresses.

The Plan, as usual, is to make snacks and food on the 31st, then take a nap in the early evening, hopefully from around 6 to 10 or 11. I’m doing this year’s 50k Day One without coffee because I gave it up about a month ago, so I feel pretty nervous about it, but I’m hoping that if I drink lots of water and get up often to stretch and do jumping jacks, I’ll be able to stay awake. I definitely don’t want to accidentally nap for 6 hours like I did last year…it was hell to catch up.

If you’re doing NaNo, let me know! Only 4 days to go!!

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: The Plan”

  1. Oh yes! So pumped!
    You’re brave to do the 50k day one… I’d zonk out whether I wanted to or not, and everything after 10,000 words would be completely worthless. πŸ˜‰
    I have less of a Plan this year than I normally do as my sister is out of town for most of November and I’ll be having to cover for her… So I’ve decided to wing it this year. We’ll see how that goes. πŸ˜„
    I’ve tried SciFi a few times, and the current story in writing in my head is what my brother and I affectionately dubbed SciFan, out a combination of SciFi and fantasy. 😊 And I’m LOVING it. I’m only so-so on most of my SciFi writing attempts… Lets just say I’m better suited for fantasy. 😜
    I do have a question though: What exactly is “high fantasy”, and how is it different from other kinds of fantasy? I have very little clue about the subdivisions of genres, and only recently (I think, sadly, it was about 4 years ago when I was 14 and had been writing fantasy for many years) that my genre even had a name. It was just “like Tolkien and Lewis” (<- that may or may not be an actual quote from me). So yes, I have no idea about genre distinctions, lol. 😁
    Good luck and happy jumping-jacking! 😊 See you on the other side of 50k!
    ~ Kat


    1. Haha I’ve done it for two years now and once you do it it’s hard to stay away πŸ˜› I think winging it is good! Although I’m biased, since I always wing it haha.

      High fantasy/epic fantasy is like what Tolkien wrote – usually quite serious and an epic, sprawling tale set in a completely different world. “Low” fantasy is something like Harry Potter; it takes place in this world but has fantastical elements. It really just refers to how much fantasy there is in the book, basically πŸ™‚ I enjoy writing both, personally.

      Good luck with your prep and have fun starting on Sunday!


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