What the heck am I talking about??
So a few questions I have received from followers, friends and family, fellow authors, and generally non-Nano's out there (that being anyone who hasn't been introduced to this amazing Nanowrimo community) is what the heck am I talking about?
I probably should have started Preptober with more of an explanation.
Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, and is an internet based creative writing project/ challenge. Anyone can participate, and the goal is to write 50,000 words from November 1 - 30. (this breaks down to approximately 1667 words a day). You would be surprised how many best sellers had their first draft written during Nanowrimo. Below are just the top 6... but the list goes on and on...
- Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.
- Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.
- Wool, by Hugh Howey.
- The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough.
- Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer.
Prep-tober (the term) was an evolution for those authors who take part in Nanowrimo, and spend the month of October to prepare and outline. It is a tool to have all our little duckies in a row to have a successful Nano.
So I hope you join me (now that you understand what we are "prepping" for) on this journey of outlining, scheduling, world building, character building and generally just great "life organizational" tips.