31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep: Day 28 – Looking Back at the Fourth Week of Preptober

You guyyyysssss, this is it! The final four days of October are upon us!!! In just a few days we’ll be digging in and writing 50,000 words in 30 days, which I feel pretty confident won’t be nearly as difficult as writing, filming, and editing 31 posts/videos in 31 days. Just saying. It’ll probably be a breeze, one that I’m so looking forward to after this month of hellish craziness. Do I regret taking on this challenge? No. Am I glad it’ll be over? Hell yes.

Anyway, today is Day 28 of “31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep”, which means it’s time to tell you how the final stretch of prepping has gone for me. I’m pleased to announce that I have, in fact, completed my outline! And may I say that it is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It’s so nicely color-coded, and there’s so many great plot elements that I can’t wait to write, and on my wall it looks like a beautiful mural. I would post a picture of it, but, you know, spoilers.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here, but this is the first time I’ve actually used the note card method for outlining a novel. I’ve used it once before to plan out the motivations for my characters in this series (The Caspian Chronicles, for those of you that are new), but not to actually plan out a novel. It was absolutely a positive experience, and I’d recommend it to any and everybody.

So what’s my next course of action? Writing, of course! When November 1st rolls around, you bet your ass I’ll have Scrivener open and my fingers will be flying across the keyboard. Honestly, I’ve been fighting the urge to start writing for days now, and I know that being able to actually succumb to the urge will feel so dang good. I literally cannot wait.

In other writing news, I’ve officially had two people finish reading the first three chapters of The Forbidden Prophecy, which, again, for those of you who are new here, is the title of book one of The Caspian Chronicles (for NaNoWriMo I’m working on book two). It’s exciting to get all of this beta feedback, and I’m definitely looking forward to implementing the critiques, but that’s a long ways off. For now, while my betas do their thing, I’ll just work away at my beautiful book two.

And that’s all I’ve got for today’s post. If you’d like to hear me ramble a bit more about things that aren’t entirely writing related, you can check out the corresponding YouTube video here. Or, if you’re new and would like to read the past 31 Days posts, you can do so here. Otherwise, I’ll see you all tomorrow for Day 29, which is all about finding a literary agent to represent your novel!

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