Live, Love, Create!

Ep 13 Week One NaNoWriMo

November 04, 2021 Stephanie Bourbon Episode 13
Live, Love, Create!
Ep 13 Week One NaNoWriMo
Show Notes Transcript

Hey writers, this week I'm talking quickly about that first week of writing during NaNoWriMo where you start to write a book from beginning to end. ***in the podcast I accidentally said from "beginning to start" LOL I have no idea why-not enough coffee I suppose, but you knew what I meant.

Check out my LETTERS FOR NANOWRIMO and get signed up HERE

You can find out more about me and how I help writers like you finish your novels and reach your dreams HERE

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS free workbook 

See the full transcript 

Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
License code: D2L28UQBZWZ6Z0TC

Support the show (

Hey, this is Stephanie bourbon and welcome back to my podcast this week I'm talking about writing for NaNoWriMo. And it is Thursday, November 4, day four of NaNoWriMo. So sit back, grab a cup of tea and have a quick listen before you get back to writing. I'm Stephanie bourbon. And this is the live love creative podcast for female writers with a focus on fiction, screenwriting and television writing come back every week for new episodes. If you're like me every year in November, and sometimes in the summer, you embark on NaNoWriMo. And you write a new novel from beginning to start in just 30 days. It's super fun, and I love doing it. Today. Specifically, I am talking about all those feelings and emotions and things that come up in week one of NaNoWriMo what I have found to be true is that before NaNoWriMo, because I'm such a pantser I really don't know anything about my story. Usually I know what kind of story I'm writing. Like, am I writing romantic comedy? Am I writing a romance a sweet romance? Am I writing a YA novel? I was doing that for a while Am I writing a middle grade novel I did NaNoWriMo a few years in a row where I worked on a middle grade novel that has not been published yet. But I am back to my true love, which is the romantic comedy. And that is what I'm focusing on this year. I will be completely honest with you four days ago, I had no idea what I was going to write on Sunday night. Halloween, I was saying to my husband, oh my God, should I read a sweet romance? Or should I work on a romantic comedy, I really have no idea. And NaNoWriMo starts tonight at midnight, oh my god. But on Monday morning, I sat down with my new character whose name is Bailey, I don't know where the name came from. She just came to me, which I do advise that you know who you're writing about before your start. I didn't know who she was as a person that I wasn't sure of her name. Her name is Bailey. And she came to me on Monday. And I've been writing every day this week. And I'm at about 12,000 words already. So I'm super excited about that I've already written a bit today. And I love her and I love where her story is going. That said, I have the mushy middle coming up the middle of your novel, if you are working on NaNoWriMo I'm writing every single day of the month is going to start coming up soon. If you break down the month of November, like plot points in your novel, by the end of this week, you are going to be at the end of your quarter mark and I end of your quarter mark, you really should have your character into their new world, the new world is when your story begins. Now, if you are writing fantasy, or sci fi, or speculative fiction or something like that, it can literally be a new world like in Harry Potter. Or if you are like me and you are writing romance or romantic comedy, the new world could be that she is in a small town when she comes from the big city, or she's entered a pie baking contest or she is now in love with this guy and her new world is that he is around and she wants to be with him. Maybe she's gotten a promotion for work. Maybe she's trying to get a promotion for maybe she has flown from the UK to Los Angeles to swap houses with somebody. Okay, he got me that one is the holiday one of my favorite romantic comedies of the season that I watch every year, the new world of that movie is when Amanda and Iris switch places. So your new world, you should be into the New World by Monday, November 8. So today, hopefully you have already written down your inciting incident. And what I really would like to express is that sometimes in week one, we're so busy finding our footing, that we completely forget about structure. Now while I am not a plotter, and I say that you really shouldn't wait, it's not that you shouldn't except for Panthers like me, focusing on a plot can actually really hurt you. But I really want you to have those plot points in mind what they are, I will post on my Instagram and in the show notes, the plot points that you really, really should have loosely in your head when you're writing a story and just know that by the end of this week, your character needs to be in her new world. Some other things that happened during Week One is you start to feel like your story isn't going the way that you wanted it to whether you've plotted it out or you're a pantser like me, maybe you're like oh the sucks the writing but I'm not sure this is too hard, I'll never be able to do it. Or sometimes you don't start on the first and all of a sudden, it's the end of November 4, and you're on NaNoWriMo. And you see people have written 12,000 words, and you're like, oh my god, I'm never gonna catch up. Well, I'm here to tell you that that's not true. Start writing today, and you will catch up. And if you don't catch up, that's totally fine. The whole idea behind NaNoWriMo besides having a novel written a month is really just to get you into the practice of writing. So if you are having those first week, jitters of oh my god, I can't do this. It's too hard. Everybody's better than me. My book sucks. I want to tell you to throw all those thoughts away, get them away, and start where you are, you can do this. And I have my letter Snana. While I will encourage you every day, it's free. All you need to do is get on my email list. The link is in the show notes because I really want to encourage you and cheer you on during this journey. Okay, next week, I am going to talk about the new world. So make sure you come back this entire month. I'm talking about writing a novel and I'm talking a lot about NaNoWriMo. I really want to support you. So I hope that what I said this week has given what I said today has given you some encouragement, and you like writing novels as much as I do. Feel free to get on my email list. join my group for female writers and if you want to I would love you so much. If you would support me by buying me a coffee. The link is in the show notes. Thank you so much and have an amazing rest of your writing week.