12 Drafts in 12 Months

#Year of Writing

2017 was such an awesome Year of Reading that when I discovered this project, I have to join in.  I’ll continue to read with a focus on re-reading in 2018 because as a writer, reading is critical for the development of our craft.  Much more on this later!!  So, I’m very proud and excited to announce THE project of 2018:

The Guidelines

12 Drafts in 12 Months!  Starting January 2018, I’ll begin writing a fresh, brand new draft for a novel each month.  It’ll be the bare bones beginning of a novel in any and all genres.  Knowing my glorious, chaotic mind, there will be no rhyme or reason to how these 12 drafts will take shape.   

The host of this project is Merflower on the NaNoWriMo site.  She set up a Facebook Group also.  She outlines the rules as, you can write in any genre and try to finish it in that month.  The goal at the end of 2018 is to have 12 finished 1st Drafts.  If you don’t finish the 12 Drafts, no worries because you’ve written more than you would have!  The reward and purpose is to actually develop the habit of writing each day.  The freedom... such bliss!  

The 12 Drafts in 12 Months project will loosely follow the structure of NaNoWriMo’s November Event by writing 50,000 words in 1 month.  There are 3 methods of achieving this: Planning, Pantsing or Planting.  Planning is beginning the month with a rough outline of the project in any format that works for you.  Pantsing is just going into it by the seat of your pants, no plan, no outlines, nothing except maybe an idea of what you’d like to write about.  Planting seems to be the most common, it’s any combination of the 2 methods.  Most folks begin with an idea and outline bits of it, leaving most of it unplanned and ready for inspiration to strike!  

My Rough Plan 

I’ve had fun and happily won NaNoWriMo by following all 3 methods.  Here’s a lovely photo of all my ‘winning Nano Manuscripts from over the years, more on these later: 

Back to the Year of Craziness!! So far, January’s draft is loosely arranged in my mind.  I’m beginning to see the outline and a common thread to follow along.  The rest is a glorious surprise, such fun is writing!  The other 11 drafts are not planned or even hatched yet.  I’m not sure how all of this will play out.  Will I get an idea for March early enough so I can plan out some prompts or even an outline for it?  What type of research will these new project require?  Most importantly, will any of them be any good?  So many mysterious, chaotic unknowns!  At least with reading, the book is already finished!  The dichotomy!  Oh the dichotomy of it all!!


About NaNoWriMo's Goal Trackers

I like that Merflower is encouraging the use of NaNoWriMo’s newly developed Goal Trackers.  You can get to these trackers once you have a Nano Profile set up, they’ll be on the drop down list from ‘My Nanowrimo’ in the brown Nano Menu Bar.  In short, click around until you see it ^.^  Here's a pic of the menu bar & drop down:


The Goal Trackers are customizable for each month and year, by hours or word counts.  This means you can have 1 Goal Tracker for the entire year or decade.  You could also have one for each month in 2018, they are completely flexible for dates.  Once it’s set up, you can’t go back and update the hours/word counts, so you’ll have to update them daily to keep the graph accurate for the project.  

It sounds confusing, but just check it out after a few minutes of clicking, it’ll make sense.  If I find a Goal Tracker How To video, I’ll link it here.  

Consider Yourself Invited!

If you’re reading this, consider yourself invited to come along!  If you plan to blog or vlog about it, feel free to link your announcement post in the comments here.  If you'd like to follow my journey, I'll use: #12in12Writing and #YearofWriting on Twitter and Instagram.  


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