Writing Goals For NaNoWriMo 2017!

Hey everyone!!

How was your Halloween!? Mine was pretty quiet since I celebrated with friends over the weekend buut it was still fun to help out my mom giving out candies! I don’t think there’s ever been another holiday that makes me wish I were a kid again so bad!

But now that Halloween is officially over and it’s November 1st – NaNoWriMo is officially here!

It’s my first time participating and I’m really excited to step it up on my manuscript and finish my quick draft this month 🙂 To stay focused and motivated, I thought I’d share my goals with you guys – and maybe meet some other fellow writers who are participating too?

So without further ado – let’s get into my writing goals this month!

Goals For NaNoWriMo 2017! 


Write 1,000 words a night

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So I’ve had this goal for about a month and a half because it was on my fall bucket list post but I was keeping it to 500-1,000 with a couple nights off depending on how drained I was. Since it’s NaNoWriMo though, I’m attempting to set the bar to 1,000 words a night without fail! writing that amount use to mean I had a REALLY good but rare night of writing. Since starting to write as regularly as possible though, the 1,000 words goal has actually gotten much easier to meet!

Make Character / Location Aesthetics


If you’ve been catching up with my blog recently, you’ll know that I’ve been doing a few aesthetics posts! I tried to make one a while back that encompassed the feel of my whole book but thought it was just too big/complicated. Soo, I’m thinking of making a special Aesthetics for each character and important location for an extra dose of inspiration!

Take Two Writing Classes


So I already have two lined up and I literally cannot explain how important I think taking classes is. There’s definitely a different feel between a class you take because it’s part of your diploma and a targeted class YOU chose to grow your skills. Next Saturday I’m taking an editing class downtown and at some point I’m hoping to sit down and take Youtuber/Cyborg Author Jenna Moreci’s class on SkillShare.com where she talks about the marketing skills writers need to have. Do you guys like to take classes outside of school? 

Complete Quick Draft


My manuscript is currently planned to be 36 chapters long and I currently have 15 chapters finished! If I keep up the pace I shouuld be done my quick draft and then I can move on to adding more details and editing 🙂 …after I celebrate obviously!

Brainstorm Final Faction Names

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This is weirdly a part that I’ve been having a ton of trouble with. There are several different factions in my SciFi and calling characters ‘soldier’ or ‘rebel’ or ‘city-dweller’ constantly doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue. I need to do some serious brainstorming and come up with some cool faction names!

I lovee naming characters but faction-naming is a totally different story. For any writers out there, how do you like to go about naming different groups of people in your book universe?

Brainstorm Title 

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And finally – if not one of my biggest goals – I need to do some serious brainstorming and come up with potential titles for my manuscript! Right now, I just have a ‘code name’ of sorts, Biosteel, but that’s not really what I want as a book title. I know some writers can come up with a title right off the bat while for others it’s pretty much the last thing they decide – so I’m not in a giant rush…but if I can come up with a few promising choices to put me in the right direction by the end of the month, it’d be really cool!

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And those are my goals for NaNoWriMo! Any one else looking to step up their writing game this month?! What’s your game plan? Any tips for a newbie? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to have fun!

-Mel xx


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24 thoughts on “Writing Goals For NaNoWriMo 2017!

  1. With you on the no title thing- I have everything but a title for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. It’s weird cause titles are usually one of the first things that come to me. I hope things go well for you; NaNoWriMo is amazing for getting a draft on paper. Just accept that it’s going to be far from perfect and just write the book. 🙂

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  2. Wow! Great set of goals for the month! I think 1,000 words per night is a great goal to aim for and totally feel you on feeling “drained” at the end of some days. I think I may make this my goal for nights I get off late from work and then make up my extra words on my days off. Good luck! ^_^

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  3. Good luck with NaNoWriMo and I hope you’ll reach all of your goals! My only goal for NaNo is pretty much to finish my WIP’s outline so I can start writing it at the end of the month (or in December) XD I wish I could commit to writing a certain amount of words daily but I sadly won’t have the time this month 😦 what is your username on NaNo by the way? I’d love to be your buddy!

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  4. I didn’t know about anything like this, but if I knew I’d have participated in it. Moreover, I have final this month so I don’t thing I’ll be able to spend time on it! However, I hope you can reach your goals, good luck! xx

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  5. It’s great you went in with a plan and your own goals! I did not, just charged in with a “Let’s wing this” whimsy and totally crashed and burned. Gotta learn some lessons and maybe have a solo NaNoWriMo redo in an upcoming month. As for naming factions and titles…that’s all stuff I don’t worry too much about in the first draft and assume I’ll get more clarity on in editing. Good luck!!

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