Butt In Chair

Dusting off this blog is the first step in preparing for NaNoWriMo in November and I have a good friend of mine who is publishing her first novel next month to thank for the best advice I think a writer can hear:

Butt In Chair (BIC)

Three simple, but effective and critical words for writing success. So, here we go!

Idle time is the devil’s workshop. My mind was wandering the other day when suddenly an idea for a new novel popped into my brain. I usually consider this a good thing, and I believe this one has real potential, but that thought ignores that I already have two novels “in the works” with no end in sight.

In 2013 I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time and flames ignited from the spark of writing that was living inside me. But I entered that challenge ill-prepared, with no research and no outlining, and it sputtered out after about 32,000 words. At the end of the month, I decided I did not like the work in progress so I shelved it for a rainy day and then spent some time reading and learning how to effectively outline and prepare for writing a novel.

I started my second novel during the bitter, cold winter of 2014. I spent time creating a working outline, and did some initial research into the time line and physics that were critical to the storyline. When I started putting pen to paper however, I found that my research was a bit lacking and I allowed that to create excuses to stop writing and do research. It was during this research block, that I came up with the idea for my third novel. The details are still sketchy but there is excitement in my head that wants to flesh this idea out and give it a go.

So I now have six weeks to outline, research, re-outline and structure my new novel and then sit down and churn out the words. I know my November travel schedule this year, and I know how to plan my word count so that I complete the requirements of the challenge by the end of the month.

BIC only works if you are organized and make writing every day a priority. I have 1.5 months to figure out the best times in my days for writing, and get back into the habit of writing on a daily basis. Fun times ahead!

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2 Responses to Butt In Chair

  1. kondorkyinia says:

    You sure nailed it kateturville! I feel like I was lucky in that I literally found about it 2 days prior to the start, so didn’t have time to be terrified. 🙂 I can tell you from experience that it isn’t terrifying as much as it is dedication, routine, and remembering that you are just writing like the wind. Time for editing and review later!

    If you have a local NaNoWriMo group where you can meet up for writing events, sprints and the like, that was a good way for me to keep focus when I found myself wanting to procrastinate. But like you said, preparation is the key, and I wish you all the best! Look for me as kondorky and follow me if you like!

  2. kateturville says:

    I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, which is terrifying. I still have a manuscript half finished so I’ll need to get a move on if I want to start a new novel by November. Good luck! Preparation is key for these sorts of long haul endeavours.

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