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.