I have always wanted to complete NaNoWriMo, the challenge to write a whole novel in the month of November.

I’ve started several times, but sitting down at my computer and hoping that inspiration will strike every day haven’t worked. I’ve never actually managed to complete it.

Right now I am working on one novel which is proving an absolute joy. The setting and characters will be with me for many stories if I have my way but it’s still good to get a creative kickstart sometimes and that’s what I am looking for this year.

So, instead of sitting down and hoping for a brainwave, this year I am planning ahead for NaNoWriMo.

I’ve chosen historical fiction as my genre because I really enjoyed having a go at it during the NYC Midnight Short Story Competition earlier this year.

After lots of reading and research looking for my initial idea, I’ve now latched onto something that has enough interest to keep me occupied for a month.

I’ve made several pages of notes on plot points that will hopefully guide me through each day. This is very loose planning; I don’t want to completely stifle my creative instincts. I know that each day will bring with it new ideas, but this way I think I’m giving myself the best chance to actually complete a novel.

Have you completed NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear your tips!

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