I’m not doing NaNoWriMo (because I’m not going to try to write this in a month, and also because I started a couple of weeks ago), but I am going to be cranking away producing novelish prose over the next month, so I feel a certain kinship with others doing the same.
I’m doing several things differently this time. In particular, I don’t have an outline. In fact, I have only the barest notion of where things are going. This will no doubt mean that a whole bunch of rewriting of the beginning will be required (so that it ends up being a beginning that heads to the end that I end up writing), but that’s a small price to pay if the result is a novel that I’m pleased with.
The other main thing that I’m doing differently is giving chapters to Jackie to read as I write them. Doing so has prompted me to try to make each bit exciting, which I think is having a positive effect.