NaNoWriMo ’11 Prep

It’s fifteen days until the commencement of NaNoWriMoNational Novel Writing Month — and I am in full-on preparatory mode.

As mentioned in a past post from September, I was on the fence about joining this year. Awful things seem to happen whenever I attempt NaNoWriMo. What if I break out in adult acne from the stress? What if I overdose on caffeine? What if my pony dies? (Not that I have a pony, but it would seem ominous to mention my kitten.)

Worst of all: what if, for the second year in a row, I can’t do it?

To hopefully eliminate the chances of (most of) any of those things occurring, I am prepping. I am building worlds, building characters, plotting chapters, and outlining extensively. I am not going to pants it (pants = fly by the seat of your pants) because I really don’t have the time in my life to spend days during NaNoWriMo trying to figure out why I’m stuck.

And I definitely recommend that. If you’re like me — someone who has enough issues balancing a social life with a full-time job, let alone adding full-time writing to the mix — then don’t try to pants your way through NaNo. Pantsing it was for the Ley of NaNoWriMo ’09, who wrote 80k in a month but only because she had no job, no real life friends, and no obligations to anything or anyone to speak of.

Ah, those were the days.

Of course, I am writing a zombie novel full of crazy people, so in the worst case scenario I could always kill off a character or have a zombie horde run in or whatever the case may be. (Zombies: always the perfect cure for writer’s block.)

I will ramble extensively about the novel — These Teeth — in the future. For now, watch this space. I promise more interesting and informative posts soon.