Plotting My Life Away

Everybody has a favorite tradition.

For some people it’s holiday-related, like slicing the Thanksgiving turkey or hiding eggs at Easter. Others like traditions related to the seasons, such as making snow angels or annual trips to the shore. Still others base their traditions around sports like the opening game of their favorite baseball team or the NFL Super Bowl.


My favorite tradition has nothing to do with any of those. It’s NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month for those of you unfamiliar with the event.

The event started yesterday and I’m off to a good start. Pre-planning was a huge help. I plotted the outline. I created a map (shown below) of the fictional town, called Stars Hollow Treasure Pines, and a character page (not shown below – Spoilers, sweetie!) with color-coded lines connecting the various people involved in the story.


You’ll notice the circle is slightly off-center. This is because the pirates who settled the town were drunk when they buried the treasure. Later when planning the main streets, they couldn’t recall the exact location so they moved the circle over a little – just in case.

If you see less of me on social media, it’s because I’m over here plotting my life away, writing 1,667 words per day.

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? It’s not too late to get started! Leave a comment telling me about your personal experiences or asking me a question. I look forward to hearing from you!


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