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Y’all, NaNoWriMo is on its way. In less than a month, I will be participating in my first-ever real National Novel Writing Month. Typically, I’m in school right now and have been for the last seventeen years (between my education and educating others). The end of the year also usually means I’m elbow-deep into an anthology.

Well, I have neither of those responsibilities this year. Does that mean I can pull off 50,000 words in a single project? I have no idea. Probably not, but you know what? I’m going to try.

The way nano works is that authors are meant to start a brand-new project and get that first draft done in 50,000 words.

I’m not doing that.

I’m still working on my Wooing the Alpha project, which I already have 136,000 words in.

My goal for nano is to get as far as I can in this 210,000-word project. If I can accomplish this, I’ll have this baby done by January.

Let’s sidetrack for just a second and just say that writing 210,000 words in a year is near twice what I did last year.

2020 has been nutso.

Okay, now let’s talk Prep-tober.

October is the time to prep, prep, prep as much as possible to be ready to simply write in November. Here are my goals: establish a new routine, outline the rest of the story, and character website pages. I have several video and blog ideas to keep up with the non-writing prep as well.

This is my bujo spread for easy reference.

My new routine is packed with writing sprints and ways to refuel my creativity between—and of course, to complete necessary work. I want to track more, which has been fun so far this month. I want to be here more! And y’all, as always, I need to work out more than once a week. I’m so much more productive when I do.

I also have five more stories to prep before I’m done with this baby. Whoo!

Creating character profiles on my website is a great way to amp up my brainstorming and character development while adding to my author presence. It makes total sense to me. That’s why I’m focusing on stats, pictures, and synopses, which will be helpful for those back blurbs.

While I’m doing all of this craziness, and still writing, I want to find my cover photos, to build some test covers, brainstorm titles, practice vlogging daily, create teasers, relaunch my marketing platforms, and prepare my launch plan for this Wooing the Alpha series.

Nope, didn’t pile my plate too high at all!

Wish me luck, y’all, and tell me if you’re prepping this October and what you’re working on.

Want to watch me set up this spread and talk more in detail about my goals? Check out my video!