Preptober 2019, Day 1

Yesterday I learned my epic cat poem, American Catseye, is a 2019 Wattys Poetry Winner.

To celebrate, I posted announcements on social media, then I released a sneak-peek at the early stages of American Catseye’s computer game sequel, Worlds They Dream.

Once I updated, danced, and shared, I read Wattpad conversations to tune my ear to the writing community.

That’s when I discovered Silmarilz1701’s Preptober Fest, a month-long prep for the NaNoWriMo that’s just around the corner. I think it’s a fantastic idea!

So for the next 31 days, I’ll also be posting daily prep-work for NaNoWriMo.

The only thing is… for NaNoWriMo 2019, I don’t want to start a new book.

I struggle developing the final acts of stories, which means I often complete 60% – 80% of projects—then I get stuck.

That’s what happened to not just one, or two, but three of my stories:

So I want to use the 50K-word marathon in November 2019 to finish two out of three of these projects, while putting a decent dent in the third:

  • American Catseye — 10K words, finish
  • A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp — 20K words, finish
  • Emergence No. 7 — 20K words

To primer these stories for the November push, I’d like to accomplish the following preptober work:

  • 1 – this post (a plan to plan) (turtles all the way down)
  • profiles of characters in American Catseye
    • 3 – Phoebe
    • 5 – Philosopher Jones
    • 7 – DeeJAY
    • 9 – Lahea
    • 11 – Tom
    • 13 – Smokey
    • 15 – Loki
    • 17 – Buttercup
    • 19 – Gregory
    • 21 – Tinker
    • 23 – Sasha
    • 25 – Walter
    • 27 – Bozo
    • 29 – Meeper
    • 31 – Cleo
  • 4-part act from Warren’s The Story Equation
    • A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp
      • 2 – Part 1
      • 4 – Part 2.1
      • 6 – Part 2.2.1
      • 8 – Part 3 8 Part 2.2.2
    • American Catseye
      • 10 – Part 1
      • 12 – Part 2.1
      • 14 – Part 2.2
      • 16 – Part 3
    • Emergence No. 7
      • 18 – Part 1
      • 20 – Part 2.1
      • 22 – Part 2.2
      • 24 – Part 3
  • finishing touches
    • 26 – A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp, Part 2.2.3
    • 28 – A Shapeshifter, Cyborg, & Wisp, Part 3
    • 30 – Editing Schedule for Small Stories, Big Worlds

Once I lay the groundwork for NaNoWriMo, I don’t think it’ll be all that scary. Except, the last two times I tried to participate, I didn’t make it…which makes it understandably daunting!

I’ll just have to succeed by doing 50K my own way.

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