I'm gonna write a novel. Duh.
In case you didn't see my last post, Arianna and I are participating in WanWc (Write a Novel with Cupid) as a team of our own--- The Pink Ninjas (OF DOOM). I bet she hates that I put that last bit in parentheses. I CAN'T HELP THAT I LIKE UNICORNS, MMKAY?!
But a few of you wanted to do Pitch Wars with us! And this post is just for you!!! I'm so excited and glad that you guys emailed me expressing interest. You know what this means, don't you? It means that you're not only going to write a novel--- but you're gonna finish it. Cool, right?
Some people are confused on what WanWc is. To be honest, there are no definite "rules" per say, but there is a goal. The goal is to write a novel, edit it, and get it ready to submit by the end of the year. How are we going to do all of this? Well, I've decided to break this up into "deadlines." And I've also decided to change the rules up a little bit so that anyone who wanted to join still can.
The First Deadline is January 31st.
Our mission? To have a first draft of our novel DONE by 11:59 PST of that day.
How are we going to accomplish this? Easy. I have three steps to success that I'm hoping will give us more structure as we tackle this thing.
1. Make a plan and submit it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The plan doesn't have to be like NaNo where you decide you're going to write 1,000 words a day--- but it can be. What you want to do is give yourself a writing goal you know you can manage. It can be daily or weekly, but it has to be something you're definitely going to stick to. I'm going to assign you a Sensei and that person is going to check in with you EVERY SUNDAY to make sure you're sort of on track.
Examples of "writing plans" include but aren't limited to:
-a thorough outline of your novel that's divided into "chunks" you're going to tackle every week.
-a simple summary of what you want to do and more general plot points you're hoping to hit at the end of every week
-a NaNo-like goal of so many words per day.
-a chapter a day until finished.
I'm setting a deadline for this so you're motivated to actually do it. (I will bug you. I can bug!)
Deadline 1.1: Monday, December 17th.
2. Stick to your plan and be a good Sensei by motivating your ninja!
You're twenty bazillion times more likely to finish something you've started if you have a plan. So theoretically, at this point, you have a plan. Stick to it!
What also helps sometimes is encouraging someone else to reach their goal. I know that if Aria hadn't been writing and revising TLOATH at the same time that I was struggling with PW, it would've never been finished. And that is a fact. By encouraging her, I subconsciously was motivating myself. She was getting words done. I needed to get words done. If she wasn't getting words done, I needed her to get words done. So that I could get words done. You see how that works in its own twisted way? We're a team so we should all be motivating each other, but ESPECIALLY give a kick in the pants to the person you're assigned to. You're going to be the first person who gets to see their work, so you want it to be AWESOME.
3. Take the deadline seriously.
It's not too late to join The Pink Ninjas (OF DOOM). If you want in, just email me! Send me your plan! WRITE YOUR NOVEL! In the meantime, I want to give a round of applause to our current team. Arianna, Elle, Ava, and Me! I think we're going to have a fifth (Laila, Guuuuurrrlll--- email me!), and of course, you're welcome to join, too!
Hearts and hugs,