31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep: Day 21 – Looking Back at the Third Week of Preptober

I seriously cannot believe that it’s already Day 21 of “31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep”. It seems like only yesterday I was writing out the first post for this series, and now there’s only ten days left until it’s over. I’m mostly sad, because this has been such a fun experience, but I won’t lie. Part of me is relieved that I’ll (hopefully) have a bunch of free time once I don’t have to write, film, and edit every day.

Anyway, let’s hop right into my prepping, shall we? Like the last few weeks, I had less time to outline than I had anticipated. This was, again, a little frustrating, but despite that I was able to get a solid chunk of my novel figured out. I’ve put a lot of meat on the bones since last week, and you guys, this book is going to be so good. There’s so much action and drama and intrigue in this book, it’ll blow your minds. For those of you who don’t know, this NaNoWriMo I’m working on the sequel to my (soon-to-be) debut novel The Caspian Chronicles: The Forbidden Prophecy. I’ve been pumped to write this book since I came up with the idea for the series, and it’s so exciting that we’re only a little over a week away from when I can put fingers to keyboard.

I mean, I have worked on this book one other time, in my Young Adult Fiction class I took last spring, but that was back when I was writing the series in third person POV. A lot has changed since then, which means that this book is going to be so different from what it almost was. And by different, I mean it’s going to be SO MUCH BETTER.

Other than outlining, I’ve also been working with some of my betas, who’re reading The Forbidden Prophecy. This isn’t technically NaNoWriMo related, but I’m counting it anyway. Unfortunately, only four of my betas have actually been sending me their chapter reviews consistently, but I’m sure we’ll all get into a groove eventually. For now, getting these four people’s responses is fun and exciting, and I’m already learning so much about my book and what things I can change to make it the best it can be.

This week I also found some time to read (which, yes, I know that could have technically been outlining time, but I needed to take a break and I haven’t read a book for fun in months, so sue me). I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Sweet Jesus, it was the cutest little contemporary novel I’ve ever read. I’ve fallen in love with it, and I may even do a book review of it over on my YouTube Channel, so if that sounds interesting to you at all, stay tuned for that.

And… yeah. That’s about it. An extra short blog for what felt like an extra short week. If this felt too short to you, though, you can watch the corresponding YouTube video for this post, because I rambled a lot more over there. Or, if you aren’t caught up with this series, you can take this spare time I’ve given you and use it to catch up here. These past three weeks have been all about learning how to write a novel, from concept to completion. It’s been a very fun time!

If you are all caught up, then I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 22, where you’ll learn about titling your novel. I mean, titling a novel may seem easy to some of you, but trust me, it’s a science. I would know. I’m a book scientist. Obviously.


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