Free-Writing and NaNoWriMo

Hi all. Just a quick update today…

Recently, I started a new file in Scrivener (If you don’t know what Scrivener is, check it out here!) called “Free-Writing.” Every day since, I have written at least 500 words of, well, mostly stream-of-consciousness. It seems to really help me figure out what I should be doing that day and how. Not only with writing, but with my life in general. Plus, it has been getting me to write every day which is really going to help for next month’s challenge.

In November, I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo, but this time I am going to do things a bit different. Because I am already in the middle of the first draft of a novel, I am going to be a NaNo Rebel and write short stories and character sketches and such to help me better understand my story, the world it takes place in, and the characters within it. I got the idea from a blog post I read by Katie Cross.

I have been thinking for a while now that I really need to expand upon what I have written already. Strengthen my characters and expand their world. And NaNoWriMo seems like the perfect way to go about it because it will give me the kick in the pants that I need to really get it going and get it done. 1667 words per day.

I have added a NaNo progress bar to the side bar of this website, so that you can see how I am doing in completing 50,000 words of back story, world building, and character building. Hopefully, this year, I can be a NaNoWriMo Rebel winner!

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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