The Copy Cat

Coming March 2020

Are you NaNoWriMo’ing this year?



National November Writing Month is my new favourite time of year.  For thirty days each November, writers from around the world come together to write a minimum of 50,000 words – the average length of a children’s novel and a good first crack at adult fiction.

I love NaNoWriMo because of the inherent motivation of the task.  While I am a dedicated writer, the accountability inherent in NaNoWriMo – the daily tracking of words counts, checking in with your buddies, the enthusiasm of the NaNoWriMo staff – make me more likely to hit my daily targets.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo this year, I have been building my outline with Kristen Kieffer’s The Pre-Write Project, which basically helps writers build their story bible in advance.  It has been an amazing resource to get me thinking!

Now that I have my bible complete, between now and Sunday and I will do a preliminary plot planner using the techniques I’ve learned from Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer.

For the first time, I will be entering NaNoWriMo without completely pantsing it. The book I am embarking on is complex and will require a tremendous amount of research, but getting the bones done during NaNoWriMo will make a huge difference!

For some reason, when I search my user handle on the NaNoWriMo page I come up empty, so if you’d like to become buddies, drop me a line here and I will find you!


Author of Children's Literature