#FirstDraft60: Day Zero—Are You Ready to Write a Story? #amwriting #nanoprep #nanowrimo
If you didn’t participate last year, or if you haven’t had a chance to explore the posts, here’s the explanation/introduction to what the #FirstDraft60 challenge is.
Here’s a link to a .pdf file (opens in a new tab) of this year’s calendar—but be aware that it’s subject to change. I’ll also be posting a schedule each Sunday of what we’ll be doing/covering so that you can plan ahead each week.
As we did on “day zero” last year, we’re going to start off with some questions today to help us start thinking about and planning for the story we’re going to be working on between now and November 30.
Before answering these questions, please read the explanations/clarifications/further info on last year’s Day Zero post.
What story are you going to work on?
I need to break down and reconceptualize The Spymaster’s Daughter in order to have a completed manuscript (ready to go to my agent) before the end of the year.
Who’s your support team?
As mentioned in the comments on this post, I’ve let go of most of my support team over the past few years. In doing this challenge, I’m also challenging myself to rebuild that support team and not just rely on one or two family members or friends for encouragement and support.
What do you hope to achieve?
The easy answer is to have a completed manuscript submitted to my agent. The hard answer is “to fall in love with writing again.”
Do you really have the time to commit to this challenge right now?
Yes. Because I’m making this a priority, and I’ve already mapped out my calendar for the next sixty days. The only big commitment I have between now and the end of November is going home for the week of Thanksgiving. And I know my parents fully support my writing and will encourage me to take the time I need daily in order to get it done.
How will you set realistic goals—and adjust them as time goes on?
As you can see in the calendar linked above, I’ve broken down a total word count of 50,000 for the daily word goal for November 1–30. Although I am currently sitting on a word-count of 55,000+ right now (I think I missed adding a couple thousand to that number), I’m hoping that I’ll be able to salvage at least 25–30,000 of the current draft, and that writing 50,000 new words will be the rough draft I need in order to be able to spend the first few weeks of December revising/editing in order to get it sent to my agent on the promised timeline.
Here’s the list of questions if you want to copy/paste them into your comment for answering:
1. What story are you going to work on?
2. Who’s your support team?
3. What do you hope to achieve?
4. Do you really have the time to commit to this challenge right now?
5. How will you set realistic goals—and adjust them as time goes on?
In addition to answering those five questions, what questions and/or suggestions do you have for how this challenge will work?
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