Preptober and NaNoWriMo: 50,000 Word Novels

Hi spooky friends! It’s that time of year again…Preptober! Who all is participating in NaNoWriMo this year? I debated doing it as I’m pretty busy between working full time and taking some online classes, but I had so much fun with it last year that I’m going to give it a go! Last year was my first year and I feel like I learned a lot my first time through. This year should hopefully go a bit smoother now that I have some experience under my belt.

One BIG help last year was taking the time during October (or Preptober as NaNo’s call it) to get ready. Everyone has a different writing process, but I’m not the kind of writer who can sit down on November 1st without a plan and be able to churn out 50,000 words. My goal for the next three weeks are to 1. Finalize my story idea, 2. Sketch characters, and 3. Outline the overall story. This year, I think want to try to confine my entire story to about 50-60,000 words. Last year I got through 50,000 words, but it was only a start to the novel in my head, which I haven’t finished yet. I thought about just refining last year’s draft, but I think I want to start fresh with a new story.

I was surprised to learn some super famous novels are only around 50,000 words!

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (46,333 words)
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (52,000 words)
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (50,776 words)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (50,061 words)
  • Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  • Shattered by Dean Koontz
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (56,695 words)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (43,617 words)
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (46,591 words)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (56,787 words)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (46,118 words)
  • (list from WikiWriMo https://www.wikiwrimo.org/wiki/List_of_50,000_Word_Novels)

I’m also trying to enjoy all things Halloween during October. I just finished watching Midnight Mass on Netflix and highly recommend it! Should I do a review on it here?

How do you Prep for NaNoWriMo? Any tips to share or favorite resources you use? I’ll plan to update the blog as I go through the process.

Stay Spooky!

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