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Last year, I was pitifully new to NaNo. Not so this time around. I've been researching, taking notes, making maps, interviewing characters, making Pinterest boards, designing Spotify playlists, and otherwise preparing for a month and a half. Today I dedicate every minute possible to beginning the monumental task of carving out at least 50,000 words in 30 days.
This is huge for all participants, but especially for me - not only because I've never written a story longer than 13,500 words, but also because last year I did the youth program. Which meant I set my own word count goal of 20,000... and still lost.
This year, I am so determined to win, I worked ahead on all other tasks and projects I can; pre-wrote and scheduled every blog post that will go up this month (yes, I'm actually writing this post in late September); mega-outlined my story; and made a sign for my bedroom door to warn my family members: